Idaho Paddling and the Alsek-Mt. Blackadar Memorial Expedition

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Karen 685-0263

A Boise premier showing! One-night-only! An exclusive, two-for-one special for Idaho Mountain Recreation from Ron Watters and Kathy Davy, authors and water adventurers:

#1: What's Not to Like About Idaho Paddling!

The "Purple Bible" has been revised! And, drum roll . . . it's still purple! "Guide to Idaho Paddling" covers the state's flatwater and easy whitewater river runs. There are no death defying rapids here, just great laid-back trips down easy-going streams, and fun whitewater on exciting but safe and sane rivers. Kathy Daly and Ron Watters will talk about their newly revised guide book - and pass on some hints for some great new paddle trips.

#2: Alsek-Mt Blackadar Memorial Expedition

A multi-media production: slides, music, narration, sound effects - in full color even! Here's what it's about:

In 1971, Walt Blackadar, a doctor from Salmon, Idaho made what many people believe to have been the greatest whitewater achievement of its time: the solo descent of Turnback Canyon on the Alsek River in Canada. It was the whitewater world's Everest - and it was accomplished by a lone person in a fragile fiberglass kayak.

It was only six years later that Walt Blackadar died in a kayaking accident on the South Fork of the Payette. By the time of his death, he was so widely known and respected that ABC Sports aired a tribute to Blackadar on national television. In Canada, a mountain along the Alsek River was named in his honor.

A few years after Blackadar's death, a small group of kayakers and rafters from Idaho retraced Blackadar's historic journey down the Alsek. During that journey, the group made the first ascent of Mt. Blackadar.

This presentation is about that journey. Combining slides, music and narration, it covers a little of everything about the Alsek River: history, science, mountaineering, as well as a healthy dose of river adventure.

Ron and Kathy will also have copies of their publications available for purchase.

IMR monthly meetings are a way to hear about topics of interest to Idaho outdoor enthusiasts. Starting in 2017, meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and are free and open to the public. (Of course, we shamelessly hope you like what you see and will join the club--but we also don’t pressure you!) We provide outing updates, announcements, and have a 45-minute presentation followed by discussion and/or social time so people have a chance to meet one another.

IMR's meetings are held in the Trophy Room at the Idaho Fish and Game Headquarters, 600 South Walnut, Boise, Idaho, from 7-9 pm. Park behind the building (on the east side). The Trophy Room entrance is near the northeast corner of the building. Meetings are from September through May. In June, July, and August we have potluck