TrainingNow that our skis are back in the garage it is time to shift our attention towards warm weather activities. Join Scott Arnold on a series of local conditioning hikes intended to ready you for your favorite backpacking destinations. These hikes will take place in late April and run into early June and will allow the participant to build strength, stamina, and enjoy the springtime flora of the Boise foothills. Water, snacks, sturdy trail footwear, and clothing appropriate to the season and conditions are highly recommended. As these trips will include Class A and B hikes, you can expect that… more
Overnight TripCamp at Solcum Creek Campground in Oregon. Hike up the lake bed to the old town site of Watson. Watch this space for details!
Day TripCelebrate Public Lands Day with a stewardship project on the Lower Owyhee River. Stay tuned for details!
Overnight TripCome join Friends of the Owyhee (FOTO) work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) repair an old corral at Birch Creek Historic Ranch located on the Owyhee River. The Birch Creek Historic Ranch buildings and remains give you a glimpse of the earliest Euro-American settlement in the Owyhee Canyon and the significant role Basque immigrants in Malheur County. Birch Creek Ranch is located at the mouth of Birch Creek and was first settled by Basque sheepherder Domingo Lequerica and subsequently operated by other Basques in the sheep industry (Donato Uberuaga and Simon and Mercedes Acordagoitia)… more
Day TripA Friends of the Owyhees Stewardship Project. Do your bit to help preserve and restore our precious desert canyons. Succor Creek State Natural Area in eastern Oregon is a great park that all Owyhee recreational enjoy: from us locals, folks from Boise metro area, Oregonians from the west side, and others from afar. But with high-use comes garbage and invasive weeds. FOTO and CascadiaNow! would like to invite any and all that recreate in Succor Creek to lend a hand cleaning up the roadways and removing patches of invasive weeds. Tools are being provided by Vale BLM, while garbage bags, extra… more
Overnight TripCamp at North Form Campground in Idaho. Hike into the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness. Drive the Owyhee Scenic Byway on the way out. The landscape within the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness, in the southwest part of Idaho near the Oregon border, is diverse, ranging from river canyons over a thousand feet deep to vast expanses of sagebrush and grassland plateaus. This ecosystem provides habitat for sage grouse, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, songbirds, raptors, and numerous rare plant species. The river canyons in Owyhee County have been called the largest concentration of sheer-walled… more
Overnight TripCar camp at Solcum Creek Campground in Oregon and hike Juniper Gulch. In 1882, a cattle rancher, Hiram E. Leslie, was struck by lightning while working in what was then known as Dugout Gulch; thus, the area was renamed Leslie Gulch. The most striking features of Leslie Gulch are the diverse and often stark, towering and colorful geologic formations. The Leslie Gulch Tuff (consolidated volcanic ash), makes up the bulk of these formations. The talus slopes and unique soils of Leslie Gulch supports a number of rare plant species. This trip will be led by Tim Davis with help from Renee Patrick.… more
Overnight TripFriends of the Owyhee will host this trip, guided by Sammy Castonguay (a geologist with Treasure Valley Community College) into Sage Creek drainage and Three Fingers. Some equipment to survey the geology will be provided. Expect a fairly easy day with a couple miles of hiking in a rocky drainage/uneven ground. Expect cool day and chilly nights. Expect to have mud in spots on the trail. Succor Creek State Natural Area lies in a deep, rocky canyon and is a remote haven for rock hounds and wildlife watchers. A 15-mile dirt road leads from Oregon 201 to the park, which has a walk-in primitive… more
TrainingJoin IMR for an overview of basic glacier and snowfield travel skills on Saturday, 22 April 2017 (because Bogus remains open on 15 April this date has been pushed to the 22nd). Participants will have the opportunity to practice ice axe self-arrest, crampon use, and rigging a simple pulley system for a simulated crevasse rescue. This workshop is open to both the novice and to those looking to refresh their glacier travel skills. Bring your glacier gear if you have it, but if you do not there will be opportunity to borrow gear for hands-on practice. Scott Arnold will host this event. He… more
MeetingThe Payette Brewing company is hosting a fundraise at their taproom (733 S. Pioneer Street in Boise). They pledge to donate 50% of beer sales towards repairing damage to the Idaho City Park-n-Ski system caused by the Pioneer Fire last summer. There will also be auctions and reservation dibs for the yurts.