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Hiking and Mountaineering - Class D


Hikes up to or over 15 miles round trip and/or greater than 3500 ft. elevation gain. These require very strenuous physical activity often including exposure or requiring use of technical skills. Knowledge based on prior experience and training is highly beneficial.

Wallowa Mountains Traverse

Join us in exploring the lakes and summits of the Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon at moderate elevations (5,000 ft. to 9,500 ft.) as we backpack about 60 miles on trails. We will average about 10 miles and 3,100 ft. elevation gain per day; our longest day will be about 12.5 miles and 4,200 ft. cumulative elevation gain. We have backpacked part of our planned route and are keen to revisit and to explore more.

On Wednesday we leave Boise, drop off a vehicle at our exit trailhead, drive to the entry trailhead, and backpack to our first lake. The next five days (Thursday - Monday) we will move our campsite from lake to lake with optional side trips to adjacent lakes and at least one summit. Monday we backpack out, pick up our shuttle vehicle, and return to Boise.

Participants must have lightweight 3-season backpacking gear (you should be carrying no more than 20% - 22% of your body weight, including your food and a liter of water). No dogs, please, and no campfires.

Vehicles must have Northwest Forest Passes or an Interagency Pass ($5 per day or $30 for an annual pass purchased online or at an Oregon National Forest Office). The unpaved roads to trailheads, which are about a four hour drive from Boise, are accessible to passenger cars.

Event Date: 
Wed, 09/06/2017 - 7:00am - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi, 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com by Monday August 28th.

Wallowa Mountains Traverse

Join us in exploring the lakes and summits of the Wallowa Mountains at moderate elevations (5,000 ft to 9,500 ft) as we backpack about 60 miles on maintained trails. We will average about 10 miles and 3,100 ft. elevation gain per day; our longest day will be about 12.5 miles and 4,200 ft. cumulative elevation gain.

Wednesday we leave Boise, drop off a vehicle at our exit trailhead, drive to the entry trailhead, and backpack to our first lake. The next four days (Thursday - Sunday) we will move our campsite from lake to lake with side trips to adjacent lakes and at least one summit. Monday we backpack out and return to Boise.

Participants must have lightweight 3-season backpacking gear (you should be carrying no more than 20% - 22% of your body weight, including your food and a liter of water). No dogs, please, and no campfires.

Vehicles must have Northwest Forest Passes or an Interagency Pass ($5 per day or $30 for an annual pass purchased online or at an Oregon National Forest Office). The unpaved roads to trailheads, which are about a four hour drive from Boise, are accessible to passenger cars.

Event Date: 
Wed, 09/07/2016 - 7:00am - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 7:00pm
Event Contact: 

Carl or Judi 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Bell Mountain and other Lemhi Peaks from the West

Join us in exploring the west side route up Bell Mountain (we've been to the summit before, just not from this direction) and other 10,000+ foot peaks in the Lemhi Range. We'll leave Boise on Thursday and car camp on the way to the trailhead. Friday we will complete the drive a hike to the summit (YDS 3, over 4,500 ft. elevation gain and about 6 miles RT). Saturday and Sunday we will hike other YDS Class 2 or 3 peaks in the area, and return to Boise Sunday night. The trailhead is about a 4-hour drive from Boise on good roads, then 4WD on unmaintained roads for the last several miles. The trip is limited to four participants unless another driver with 4WD signs up. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:00pm - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 11:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi to sign up at 208-859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com

Lemhi Range Peak Bagging

Join us in exploring peaks in the Lemhi Range. We'll leave Boise on Tuesday to start the drive to a primitive car-camping site. Wednesday we complete the drive to a trailhead, hike a summit 10,000+ ft. in elevation, relocate, and repeat on Thursday and Friday; Friday night we'll return to Boise. Hikes may be up to 11 miles round trip off trail (YDS 2) with up to 4,500 ft. elevation gain and YDS 3 scrambling along ridges. Some objectives have route descriptions and others will be true exploration with just a topographic map and compass.

Participants need car camping gear, sturdy hiking boots, the 10+ essentials, day packs, and capacity for at least 2 liters of water. Ice ax and crampons may be needed.

The trailheads are about a 5-hour drive from Boise on pavement, and likely another hour on 4WD roads. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:00pm - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 or jsteciak at hotmail dot com to sign up. Trip information for participants (e.g. maps) won't be available until June 28.

He Devil Peak Climb

Please join us as we climb one of the country's Ultra-Prominent Peaks, He Devil Peak.  The mountain is located near Riggins on US 95 about 125 miles north of Boise.  Our plan is to drive to the trailhead on Saturday, and stay at the campground located at the trailhead.  Our Sunday accent will be that of the Northwest Ridge route.  The route is 10 miles roundtrip with an impressive 3,400' of vertical gain.  Most of the hike is upon trail, although the last mile includes some Class 2 with a bit of Class 3 scrambling at the top.  Please contact Travis @ 208-573-1750 or John @ 575-437-6303 if you are interested in going.  We would like to have an itinerary and schedule of our group by the beginning of July at the latest.  Email addresses are listed as well.  We are asking for no more than 12 attendees; no dogs please.  Are you up for the challenge?  We look forward to hearing from you...

travis.duvall@paccoast.com

john.hamann@us.af.mil

 

Event Date: 
Sat, 07/19/2014 - 4:00pm - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 9:00pm
Event Contact: 

Travis DuVall @ 208-573-1750 - travis.duvall@paccoast.com

John Hamann @ 575-437-6303 - john.hamann@us.af.mil

 

Peak Bagging in the Lemhi Range

Join us for a long weekend exploring the scenic northern Lemhi Range. 
Thursday after work we will start the drive and car camp. Friday we will complete the drive and backpack to our first camp. Saturday we will scramble two summits over 10,000 ft. in elevation and relocate camp. Sunday we will scramble up another two summits over 10,000 ft. in elevation.   Monday we backpack out and return to Boise. 
Participants need to be in good physical shape and have experience on YDS Class 3 terrain (exposed but straightforward climbing). We have climbed other summits in this area, but not these peaks. The trailhead is about a 5.5 hour drive from Boise on pavement and another 16 miles (as much as another hour or more) on gravel roads. Higher-clearance passenger cars should be able to make the drive.  No dogs, please. 

Event Date: 
Thu, 08/29/2013 - 5:00pm - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 8:00pm
Event Contact: 

Contact Carl or Judi at 208-859-2503 by Monday August 26th to sign up.

Mount Adams, Oregon Climb or Ski

This trip was postponed from June 1-3 due to road conditions to the trailhead.

     Climb Mt. Adams via the " Standard" South side route.  Ski glisade or hike up and down.  Plan to leave Boise Friday afternoon, climb Saturday, Return Sunday.  (Other personal options for travel may be arranged).  Two nights car camping at trailhead.  Crampons and ice axe required.  Prior snow climbing experience needed.  Minimum group size of 4 is desirable.  A co-leader is also desired.  Please contact leader for more details.

     From the Summit, spectactular views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainer.  Adams is a good volcano to gain experience on higher altitude snow

Event Date: 
Fri, 07/13/2012 - 12:00pm - Sun, 07/15/2012 - 12:00pm
Event Contact: 

Ray Johnson

Mount Adams, Oregon Ski & Climb

Climb Mount Adams via the Dog Route (south side standard route)  ski, glisade or hike up and down.  Plan to leaving Boise Friday afternoon, climb Saturday with 2 nights car camping on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Return to Boise on Sunday.  Crampons and ice axe required.  Prior snow climbing experience needed. 

 

Please contact leader for more details.

 

From the Summit, there are spectactular view of Mt Hood, St Helens and Mt Rainer.

Event Date: 
Fri, 06/01/2012 (All day) - Sun, 06/03/2012 (All day)
Event Contact: 

Contact Ray Johnson 208-384-0034

Bag a Peak in the Pioneer Range

Join us for an exploration of an unnamed 11,0000+ ft peak in the Pioneer range.  We will leave Boise on Friday and car camp at a primitive site enroute to the trailhead.  Saturday we will backpack in (most of the way on a trail), set up camp, hike to the summit (we expect YDS Class 2 - 3 terrain, off-trail with some scrambling) and return to camp.  Be prepared for an expansive 360 degree view of summits and we have seen elk and moose in this area in the past.  This is a 'D' hike because we will accumulate about 4,400 ft of elevation on Saturday including our dash to the summit.  'Tis the season for afternoon thunderstorms in the mountains, so we may wait to summit until Sunday morning before hiking out.  The peak is about 18 miles round trip.  The trailhead is about a 3.5 hour drive from Boise and it is accessible to passenger cars. No dogs, please.

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/26/2011 - 3:00pm - Sun, 08/28/2011 - 9:00pm
Event Contact: 

Call Carl or Judi at (208) 859-2503 to sign up.

Hyndman Peak - 12009 feet

Join us for an attempt on the summit of 12,009 foot Hyndman Peak, the 9th highest peak in Idaho! We will rendezvous at the trailhead Friday and hike into a camp on the North Fork of Hyndman Creek. An early Saturday departure will allow us to summit and return to camp in time to share stories and good times before hiking out on Sunday. This is a repeat performance of a great trip from last year that was brought back by popular demand.

Distance - 10 miles round trip

Elevation total - 3200 feet from base camp

 

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/19/2011 (All day) - Sun, 08/21/2011 (All day)
Event Contact: 

For details and to sign up call Frog at 695-3303 or e-mail frog99g@yahoo.com

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