Trips

Day Trip
The wet weather on July 10th postponed the butterfly count; lets hope for sunnier skies this time. Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas outside of Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear. A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey. Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (the shopping center with a liquor… more
Day Trip
Help monitor butterfly population trends in areas outside of Boise, including Military Reserve and Bogus Basin. Participants should be prepared for a day of hiking: daypack, sunscreen, lunch, snacks, water, sunhat, and sturdy footwear. A registration fee of $4 per person will be collected; the fee helps the North American Butterfly Association compile the results of this nationwide survey. Volunteers meet in the morning at the 17th and State Street parking lot (there is a liquor store) for free cinnamon rolls and orange juice, and to organize carpools. A free butterfly identification… more
Training
Attend this optional and free workshop in preparation for the Sunday July 10th butterfly count event that is open to the public even if you do not participate in the count. The workshop is held at Boone Hall (building No. 12 on the campus map) at the College of Idaho, Caldwell. Download the campus map here: http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/sites/default/files/CampusMap/CofICampusM… Directions to the College of Idaho from Boise: Take I-84 west to Caldwell. Take Exit 29, which is the first of three Caldwell exits. At the stop light, turn left onto Franklin Road and go over the freeway past the… more
Overnight Trip
Join us for a lake-to-lake traverse of the Sawtooth Wilderness. We will backpack on and off trail, up to 10 miles and 3,000 feet cumulative elevation gain per day. This trip is semi-exploratory; we have hiked and/or skied about 90% of our planned route. Participants must be fit, have lightweight backpacking gear (our packs will weigh less than 25 pounds for this 6-day trip with one bad weather/rest day for a total of 7 days), and be prepared to ford streams. We will leave Boise on Thursday, July 21, shuttle a vehicle, and car camp. From Friday July 21 - Thursday July 28 we'll be in the… more
Meeting
Hi all. Every month a few of us go out and have a beer or soda, maybe an appetizer or even a meal. Usually a different place each month. Usually a place with WiFi. Hopefully a place with a Happy Hour. We talk about places we've been and places we're going. We commiserate about injuries and broken gear. :) We usually have a few hiking books or maps on the table. On Tuesday, May 24th (it's always the fourth Tuesday of the month), we'll meet at the newest Payette Brewing Company location, 733 S Pioneer St, just off River St and 12th St in downtown Boise. See news article at http://www.… more
Day Trip
For some people, a hike up Lucky Peak is a long-term, perhaps a life-time, goal. For others, it’s a springtime tune-up hike. The advantage of a Lucky Peak hike is you can often turn back safely, even solo. It’s a road with no traffic on it (most of the year). I am not advocating solo hiking but if you have inadvertently gotten in over your head, and the rest of the hikers really want to continue, the ability to safely hike back takes some of the pressure off others to return with you. Having said that, if you cannot hike Table Rock twice in an afternoon, you should not go on this hike… more
Overnight Trip
This trip includes camping at Three Forks. As a group we will decide on what area we will hike on Saturday. Also note this is Free fishing weekend in Oregon, no fishing license needed to fish. Option 1: Hike the North Fork (good one if it is hot, will be in water 50% of the time) Option 2: Hike to 5 Bar (depending on water level of river) Option 3: Hike West Fork of the little Owyhee (depending on water level of river) Option 4: Hike to Antelope Canyon (depending on water level of river) Option 5: Hike the Middle Fork Option 6: Hike downstream of the main Owyhee Gear & Supplies: Late… more
Overnight Trip
Join us for day trips on Class 1+ creeks in the Stanley Basin. Some stretches we have paddled before; others will be new to us. Expect to see wildflowers, wildlife, and mosquitos. Flat-bottom canoes, quality inflatable kayaks, and swift-water hard-shell kayaks are appropriate for these trips. While we will experience little in the way of rapids, currents will be strong; participants must be able to ferry, eddy-turn, and maneuver quickly to avoid mid-stream hazards and/or riverbank snags. We'll leave Boise on Tuesday afternoon and carcamp. Wednesday - Sunday we'll set up a shuttle and… more
Overnight Trip
Join us in a semi-exploratory one-night backpack into beautiful Owyhee canyons with spring wildflowers and interesting rock formations. We'll leave Boise early in the morning, drive to the trailhead, and backpack about 4.5 miles down (3,500 ft. elevation loss) to a camp spot with reliable water - which must be filtered and exposed to UV light, or boiled. The route down follows an intermittent trail. We'll spend the rest of the day exploring side canyons and buttes. We'll take advantage of Sunday morning cool to climb back up and return to Boise. We have hiked part of this area as a day… more
Meeting
Activities at the fair, held at the Old Assay Office, 210 Main Street in Boise, include: • Grinding station (hands on experience for participants to use grinding stones to grind corn) • Atlatl Range (hands on experience for participants to use an atlatl or spear-thrower at a target) • Mend or Create a Pot (hands on activity for participants to explore pottery by putting together a broken pot or creating their own) ... and much more! Sponsors: VERSAR, Inc., Idaho Archaeological Society, Idaho State Historical Society, Boise National Forest **In the event of rain, the Archaeology Fair will be… more