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IDAHO -
THE
BEST BASE CAMP
IN AMERICA
WE ARE BLESSED!
IN IDAHO, WE ARE
BLESSED
FROM PARKS, TO GREENBELTS TO
WHITEWATER RIVERS,
MOUNTAINS AND CANYONS – WE
HAVE IT ALL!
I FEEL LUCKY TO LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS
 I was born and raised in Minnesota.
 The Allure of Skiing in the Mountains
is wha...
UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA - A PERFECT CHOICE
 Played #1 singles for the varsity
tennis team and earned a scholarship
– still ...
LIVING IN THE WEST – OUTDOOR JOURNALISM
 First job in La Grande in Eastern
Oregon – Got to know the Wallowas
and the Gran...
MAXIMIZE ON YOUR FREE TIME
 In the meantime, I had a HUGE
passion for everything outdoors.
I still do!
 In my free time,...
PLUS! BEING OUTSIDE IS GOOD FOR YOU!
 It’s uplifting – it’s inspiring – it’s fun!
 What if you carved out time to play
o...
MY MOTTO – NO EXCUSES!
 Because of all the wonderful outdoor amenities we
have close to home, it’s easy for anyone to get...
LET’S TAKE A TOUR OF IDAHO –
SEE WHY I CALL IT, THE BEST BASE CAMP IN AMERICA
LET’S START WITH OUR LOCAL PARKS
 Local parks are a treasure in our
communities – Boise has 110
parks serving 250,000 peo...
MERIDIAN PARKS & RECREATION
 Meridian has 20 parks serving a
population 76,000 people
 Meridian has big families, so
the...
POCATELLO PARKS AND RECREATION
 Pocatello has over 40
parks serving a
population of 55,000
people
 Neighborhood parks,
c...
BOISE RIVER GREENBELT 22-MILE PATH TIES PARKS TOGETHER
LOCAL PARKS AND FITNESS – EVEN CHORES AROUND THE
HOUSE … WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
LOCAL PARKS AND FITNESS – BENEFITS PER HOUR
BOISE FOOTHILLS – A HUGE PLAYGROUND & FITNESS CTR
 The Boise Foothills are a
vast open space reserve
… From the top of Bo...
POCATELLO HILLS – AWESOME TRAIL SYSTEM
 City Creek Trails – Great for hiking
and biking
 Gibson Jack - Ditto
 Sterling ...
HIKING, TRAIL-RUNNING, MOUNTAIN BIKING = GREAT WORKOUT
 The best part is you barely
even know you’re burning
calories bec...
MOUNTAIN RECREATION = SECOND PAYCHECK
 Former Gov. Cecil Andrus
coined the phrase
 Mountain Recreation close to
home inc...
SAWTOOTHS AND WHITE CLOUDS – WORLD CLASS!
SAWTOOTHS – BEST FOR HIKING AND BACKPACKING
 High Mountain Lakes –
Galore!
 Loop hikes
 Cross-wilderness hikes
 Fishin...
 New wilderness
areas protected last
year.
 Spectacular scenery
 Better fishing than
the Sawtooths i.e.,
bigger fish
 ...
White Clouds – Mountain Biking – World Class!
• Fisher-
Williams
Trail
• Little
Boulder-Big
Boulder
Loop
BIG LOST RANGE – IDAHO’S 12,000-FOOTERS
PIONEER MOUNTAINS – BIG & BOLD
FRANK CHURCH – RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS
LARGEST IN THE LOWER 48 … VERY REMOTE, SOLITUDE GALORE
CITY OF ROCKS NATIONAL RESERVE
CITY OF ROCKS – MORE THAN ROCK CLIMBING
Mountain
Biking
Horseback
riding
Hiking
Fishing
Camping
FITNESS BENEFITS – HIKING & BACKPACKING
 Backpacking is strenuous!
 Could burn 3,000-5,000
calories a day, depending
on ...
WHITEWATER BOATING IN IDAHO – LEGENDARY!
 The Payette River – North
Fork, South Fork, Main Fork
and Middle Fork – Great
l...
WHITEWATER BOATING OR SURFING IN BOISE
 Boise River Park
 Best for kayaking and
surfing
 Wave-shaping technology
makes ...
WILDERNESS WHITEWATER VACATIONS - WORLD CLASS
 Middle Fork Salmon River
 Salmon River
 Selway River
 Hells Canyon
 Dr...
WILDERNESS RIVER VACATIONS
 Live it up!
 Scrumptious Dutch oven
meals
 Boats carry all the gear
 Beer, wine and cockta...
OWYHEE AND BRUNEAU RIVERS – WORLD CLASS
OWYHEE RIVER – A HIDDEN GEM
BRUNEAU IS MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE
SUP – FASTEST-GROWING PADDLE SPORT IN AMERICA
Stand Up
Paddle
Boarding
(SUP) is all
the rage!
Huge growth
in last 3 years
…
SUP’ING ON LAKES AND YOGA – PLACE TO START
SUP’ING ON RIVERS
FITNESS BENEFITS – KAYAKING, SUP’ING, RAFTING
SOUTH FORK SNAKE RIVER
HENRYS FORK
IDAHO STATE PARKS – HARRIMAN STATE PARK
Hiking, biking, xc skiing, birding and wildlife-watching
PONDEROSA STATE PARK – MCCALL
BRUNEAU DUNES STATE PARK - BRUNEAU
ROAD BIKING – IDAHO IS A GREAT PLACE TO RIDE
 Many local rides, from greenbelt
pathways to hill-climbs and everything
in ...
WINTER ACTIVITIES – SKIING AND XC SKIING
 Bogus Basin – Quick access
to great skiing in Boise
 Pebble Creek – Excellent
...
PEBBLE CREEK ROCKS!
Pocatello also is within reach of:
• Grand Targhee
• Jackson Hole
• Snow Basin
• Alta
• Snowbird
SUN VALLEY – WORLD CLASS SKIING
XC SKIING IN WOOD RIVER VALLEY – WORLD CLASS
Over 200 K’s
of xc trail
YURTS, XC SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING
 Idaho City Park n’ Ski
Areas & Yurts
 1.5 hours from Boise
 50+ miles of xc ski and
s...
MINK CREEK XC TRAILS
SNOWSPORTS = CALORIES BURNED + FUN FUN FUN!
• Cross-country skiing
500 – 1,000 calories
burned/hr
• Snowshoeing
450 – 700 ...
WHAT ELSE? WHAT DID I LEAVE OUT?
 Bird watching
 Disc golf
 Bocce ball
 Pitching
horseshoes
 Find your
passion!
 Fin...
ONCE YOU CONVERT TO AN ACTIVE LIVESTYLE, YOU’LL BE HOOKED!
AND THEN IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED
YOU’LL MAKE MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME!
OBESITY AND VIDEO GAMES
 Sad but true … there are many kids in
Idaho who don’t get outside very
often, if ever …
 One in...
THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE!
Idaho ranks 28th out of the
50 states … We can do
better than that!
One option is for parents to
...
STILL WONDER? HOW TO PLUG IN?
• Join an outdoor club
• Facebook Meet Up
Groups
• Idaho Outdoors Yahoo
Group
• Idaho Hiking...
GO ON GROUP OUTINGS WITH YOUR LOCAL OUTDOOR RETAILERS
• Many outdoor shops
have regular
mountain bike or
road rides each w...
MY OUTDOOR BOOKS AND MAPS SHOW PEOPLE WHERE TO
GO AND HOW TO GET THERE …
•First guidebook published in 1992
•Many editions...
NATURE’S GIFT
 So, in my opinion, We have the
best base camp in America! It’s
all easy to access! No excuses!
 It’s a GI...
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Idaho is the Best Base Camp in America

  1. 1. IDAHO - THE BEST BASE CAMP IN AMERICA
  2. 2. WE ARE BLESSED!
  3. 3. IN IDAHO, WE ARE BLESSED FROM PARKS, TO GREENBELTS TO WHITEWATER RIVERS, MOUNTAINS AND CANYONS – WE HAVE IT ALL!
  4. 4. I FEEL LUCKY TO LIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS  I was born and raised in Minnesota.  The Allure of Skiing in the Mountains is what brought me to the Rocky Mountain West  Steve skiing Montana Snowbowl … circa 1978 …
  5. 5. UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA - A PERFECT CHOICE  Played #1 singles for the varsity tennis team and earned a scholarship – still remember, tuition was $110 per quarter  Took Wilderness & Civilization … discovered my passion for writing about Nature and discovering Nature on a personal level …  Got a history and journalism degree from Montana and focused on environmental journalism for newspapers in the West
  6. 6. LIVING IN THE WEST – OUTDOOR JOURNALISM  First job in La Grande in Eastern Oregon – Got to know the Wallowas and the Grand Ronde River  Colorado Springs, Colorado – Covering the outdoors, I had a season pass to every ski area in the state – loved that! But too many people in Colorado!  Boise – Covered natural resources for the Idaho Statesman and later, the New York Times
  7. 7. MAXIMIZE ON YOUR FREE TIME  In the meantime, I had a HUGE passion for everything outdoors. I still do!  In my free time, I wanted to go biking, rafting, backpacking, camping, you name it!  I’d mark the calendar to keep track of how many days I skied, went rafting, camping, backpacking, etc.  Brag to my friends about it! Entice them to go with me!
  8. 8. PLUS! BEING OUTSIDE IS GOOD FOR YOU!  It’s uplifting – it’s inspiring – it’s fun!  What if you carved out time to play outdoors every week? Benefits?  Vitamin D - sunshine  Strengthens heart  Tones muscles  Burns calories  Improves focus – blue sky thinking  Refreshes the soul  Wonderful feeling of freedom
  9. 9. MY MOTTO – NO EXCUSES!  Because of all the wonderful outdoor amenities we have close to home, it’s easy for anyone to get out and experience them …  But not everybody does …  Are you picky? Are you opinionated?  Do you make excuses?  Not sure where to start?  Maybe need to meet outdoorsy people?
  10. 10. LET’S TAKE A TOUR OF IDAHO – SEE WHY I CALL IT, THE BEST BASE CAMP IN AMERICA
  11. 11. LET’S START WITH OUR LOCAL PARKS  Local parks are a treasure in our communities – Boise has 110 parks serving 250,000 people  Rest and relaxation close to home  Pools and playgrounds  Ball fields for soccer, baseball and softball, tennis courts  Open space for dogs and disc golf
  12. 12. MERIDIAN PARKS & RECREATION  Meridian has 20 parks serving a population 76,000 people  Meridian has big families, so they need lots of ball fields  Community pools and amphitheaters  New, 58-acre Julius Kleiner Park … cool park that has just about everything … fishing ponds, bocce ball and community garden
  13. 13. POCATELLO PARKS AND RECREATION  Pocatello has over 40 parks serving a population of 55,000 people  Neighborhood parks, community pools, and ball fields  Golf and tennis  Portneuf Greenway – 14 miles of pathway
  14. 14. BOISE RIVER GREENBELT 22-MILE PATH TIES PARKS TOGETHER
  15. 15. LOCAL PARKS AND FITNESS – EVEN CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE … WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
  16. 16. LOCAL PARKS AND FITNESS – BENEFITS PER HOUR
  17. 17. BOISE FOOTHILLS – A HUGE PLAYGROUND & FITNESS CTR  The Boise Foothills are a vast open space reserve … From the top of Bogus Basin to the Boise River.  It’s called the Ridge to Rivers Trail System  200+ miles of hiking, running and biking trails. Easy access!  Start with lower loops and work up to big loops
  18. 18. POCATELLO HILLS – AWESOME TRAIL SYSTEM  City Creek Trails – Great for hiking and biking  Gibson Jack - Ditto  Sterling Justice – Connects Gibson Creek to City Creek over 12 miles and 1,500 vertical feet – Cool ride!  Mink Creek Trails – tons of more hiking, biking, motorcycle and ATV trails  Trails are close enough to do quick outings before work, at lunch time and after work
  19. 19. HIKING, TRAIL-RUNNING, MOUNTAIN BIKING = GREAT WORKOUT  The best part is you barely even know you’re burning calories because you’re having fun being outdoors!  Try to get out 3-4 days a week, hiking, trail-running or mountain biking on your local trails …  Hint: Climbing in the hills increases your workout. You’ll feel great afterwards …  Why? Endorphins … beauty of the setting, maybe you had a chance sighting of wildlife?
  20. 20. MOUNTAIN RECREATION = SECOND PAYCHECK  Former Gov. Cecil Andrus coined the phrase  Mountain Recreation close to home increases our Quality of Life  Second paycheck isn’t money per se, but many would say it makes us rich in terms of how we feel after a great trip!  Makes you feel blessed … and more productive at work!
  21. 21. SAWTOOTHS AND WHITE CLOUDS – WORLD CLASS!
  22. 22. SAWTOOTHS – BEST FOR HIKING AND BACKPACKING  High Mountain Lakes – Galore!  Loop hikes  Cross-wilderness hikes  Fishing  Camping  Scenery  Quietude
  23. 23.  New wilderness areas protected last year.  Spectacular scenery  Better fishing than the Sawtooths i.e., bigger fish  Remote, harder to access WHITE CLOUDS – BACKPACKING & MOUNTAIN BIKING
  24. 24. White Clouds – Mountain Biking – World Class! • Fisher- Williams Trail • Little Boulder-Big Boulder Loop
  25. 25. BIG LOST RANGE – IDAHO’S 12,000-FOOTERS
  26. 26. PIONEER MOUNTAINS – BIG & BOLD
  27. 27. FRANK CHURCH – RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS LARGEST IN THE LOWER 48 … VERY REMOTE, SOLITUDE GALORE
  28. 28. CITY OF ROCKS NATIONAL RESERVE
  29. 29. CITY OF ROCKS – MORE THAN ROCK CLIMBING Mountain Biking Horseback riding Hiking Fishing Camping
  30. 30. FITNESS BENEFITS – HIKING & BACKPACKING  Backpacking is strenuous!  Could burn 3,000-5,000 calories a day, depending on how far you go …  Makes your body hurt  You know you’ve worked hard  Big payoff when you reach the high mountain lake or mountain peak
  31. 31. WHITEWATER BOATING IN IDAHO – LEGENDARY!  The Payette River – North Fork, South Fork, Main Fork and Middle Fork – Great learning river …  Boise River for the masses  It’s a thrill to run big rapids and survive! Surf the holes!  You become an adrenaline junkie!
  32. 32. WHITEWATER BOATING OR SURFING IN BOISE  Boise River Park  Best for kayaking and surfing  Wave-shaping technology makes the play wave fun at different water levels  Allows boaters to play and build skills close to home
  33. 33. WILDERNESS WHITEWATER VACATIONS - WORLD CLASS  Middle Fork Salmon River  Salmon River  Selway River  Hells Canyon  Dream vacation for families and friends  Go with an outfitter or get your own raft and do it yourself
  34. 34. WILDERNESS RIVER VACATIONS  Live it up!  Scrumptious Dutch oven meals  Boats carry all the gear  Beer, wine and cocktails available on ice  Quality family time  Seriously off-the-grid  Become one with the river
  35. 35. OWYHEE AND BRUNEAU RIVERS – WORLD CLASS
  36. 36. OWYHEE RIVER – A HIDDEN GEM
  37. 37. BRUNEAU IS MY ULTIMATE FAVORITE
  38. 38. SUP – FASTEST-GROWING PADDLE SPORT IN AMERICA Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is all the rage! Huge growth in last 3 years …
  39. 39. SUP’ING ON LAKES AND YOGA – PLACE TO START
  40. 40. SUP’ING ON RIVERS
  41. 41. FITNESS BENEFITS – KAYAKING, SUP’ING, RAFTING
  42. 42. SOUTH FORK SNAKE RIVER
  43. 43. HENRYS FORK
  44. 44. IDAHO STATE PARKS – HARRIMAN STATE PARK Hiking, biking, xc skiing, birding and wildlife-watching
  45. 45. PONDEROSA STATE PARK – MCCALL
  46. 46. BRUNEAU DUNES STATE PARK - BRUNEAU
  47. 47. ROAD BIKING – IDAHO IS A GREAT PLACE TO RIDE  Many local rides, from greenbelt pathways to hill-climbs and everything in between  In Boise, the place to test your strength is riding to Bogus Basin – 16 miles, 4,000 verts, 5,000 calories burned, it’s a tough one but very doable with practice and training.  Rural roads in Meridian, Nampa and SE Idaho are excellent for road biking.  Ride Idaho – Week-long ride that usually covers 400 miles … good one to do with a group of friends. Ride hard during the day and party at night.
  48. 48. WINTER ACTIVITIES – SKIING AND XC SKIING  Bogus Basin – Quick access to great skiing in Boise  Pebble Creek – Excellent local mountain in Pocatello  Brundage Mountain and Tamarack in Valley County  World-famous Sun Valley  Tubing hills  Parks and Pipes
  49. 49. PEBBLE CREEK ROCKS! Pocatello also is within reach of: • Grand Targhee • Jackson Hole • Snow Basin • Alta • Snowbird
  50. 50. SUN VALLEY – WORLD CLASS SKIING
  51. 51. XC SKIING IN WOOD RIVER VALLEY – WORLD CLASS Over 200 K’s of xc trail
  52. 52. YURTS, XC SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING  Idaho City Park n’ Ski Areas & Yurts  1.5 hours from Boise  50+ miles of xc ski and snowshoe trails  6 backcountry yurts available for rent  Reasonably priced  Accessible for all abilities
  53. 53. MINK CREEK XC TRAILS
  54. 54. SNOWSPORTS = CALORIES BURNED + FUN FUN FUN! • Cross-country skiing 500 – 1,000 calories burned/hr • Snowshoeing 450 – 700 calories burned/hr • Downhill skiing 350-700 calories burned/hr • Backcountry skiing 500 – 1,000 calories burned/hr
  55. 55. WHAT ELSE? WHAT DID I LEAVE OUT?  Bird watching  Disc golf  Bocce ball  Pitching horseshoes  Find your passion!  Find what works for you!
  56. 56. ONCE YOU CONVERT TO AN ACTIVE LIVESTYLE, YOU’LL BE HOOKED!
  57. 57. AND THEN IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED
  58. 58. YOU’LL MAKE MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME!
  59. 59. OBESITY AND VIDEO GAMES  Sad but true … there are many kids in Idaho who don’t get outside very often, if ever …  One in three children or 30% in Idaho are overweight or obese.  Our kids are spending too much time in front of the TV or the computer, playing video games or using electronics …  We need to get our kids OUTSIDE and let them be KIDS!  Opportunities are endless!
  60. 60. THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE! Idaho ranks 28th out of the 50 states … We can do better than that! One option is for parents to set the example and get their kids engaged in some kind of active lifestyle activity … Tons of activities right out the back door!
  61. 61. STILL WONDER? HOW TO PLUG IN? • Join an outdoor club • Facebook Meet Up Groups • Idaho Outdoors Yahoo Group • Idaho Hiking Club • Boise State Outdoor Recreation Program • Idaho State University Outdoor Recreation Program
  62. 62. GO ON GROUP OUTINGS WITH YOUR LOCAL OUTDOOR RETAILERS • Many outdoor shops have regular mountain bike or road rides each week • Another good way to meet new people • Good way to get started
  63. 63. MY OUTDOOR BOOKS AND MAPS SHOW PEOPLE WHERE TO GO AND HOW TO GET THERE … •First guidebook published in 1992 •Many editions published since … •Tens of thousands of people have bought my books over the years …
  64. 64. NATURE’S GIFT  So, in my opinion, We have the best base camp in America! It’s all easy to access! No excuses!  It’s a GIFT from NATURE that we all can enjoy …  Take your kids!  Introduce your friends to your favorite places!  And remember HAVE FUN!

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