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Ever Visitors

Posted on by Kaidi Stroud / Comments Off on Ever Visitors

At the Edge of Wilderness Story and Photos by Kaidi Stroud Amid a string of one-hundred-degree days and smoke-filled air, we invite my sister and her family to Grandjean to spend a couple of nights in the cabins
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Ward of the Flies

Posted on by Ray Brooks / Comments Off on Ward of the Flies

No Escape from the Bloodlust Story and Photos by Ray Brooks My most traumatic horsefly experience came at the tender age of twenty-two, as I maneuvered a raft through a small but very rocky rapid on the Middle
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Down the Salmon

Posted on by Linda Lantzy / Comments Off on Down the Salmon

Under the Sun and Stars Story and Photos by Linda Lantzy In less than thirty-six hours I’ll be floating the mighty Salmon “River of No Return.” Contained completely within Idaho, this 425-mile-long river begins as a trickle in
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Packing the Tot

Posted on by Chyrle Bonk / Comments Off on Packing the Tot

Into the Backcountry By Chyrle Bonk Not on my new sleeping bag!” I exclaimed, as my husband Scott helped to change our son’s diaper in our tent in Dworshak State Park in the middle of the night. Anyone
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Imagining Imogene

Posted on by Nancy Owens Barnes / Comments Off on Imagining Imogene

A Mind-Body Experience By Nancy Owens Barnes For weeks, the Sawtooth & White Cloud Mountains Trail Map lay spread across my husband’s desk. He studied it hours at a time, following trails with his finger, supplementing the map
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Death of the Forest Cabin

Posted on by Clell G. Ballard / Comments Off on Death of the Forest Cabin

I’ve lived my whole life in Camas County, which is almost exactly the size of Rhode Island but has long had a population of around one thousand. The county’s single east-west valley has an elevation of about five thousand feet above sea level, while to the south are low mountains, and to the north are peaks that reach higher than ten thousand feet. Extremely cold winter temperatures (1990 saw an official low of fifty-two degrees below zero) and deep snow discourage everyone except the hardiest individuals from living here.

The farmers and ranchers who settled this area in the 1880s scratched out a living. Mining was a major effort and the remains of dozens of small operations—gold and silver mines, although lead and other trace minerals were present—can be found in all parts of the county. No major strikes were made, but some wealth was taken out of the earth. Many “prove-up” shacks were built as farming homesteads, and even in the highest mountains, every mine had some kind of shelter. A hard rock mining claim I own at 9,400 feet has a typical shack that housed miners early last century. Decades ago, the weight of ten or more feet of snow caused its collapse. Continue reading

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