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29 Oct 2020

10 Awesome Hikes- Board/Staff Picks

2020-11-03T11:50:02-07:00October 29, 2020|0 Comments

This blog is part of our series honoring ITA's 10-year anniversary! There is one thing that all of the members of our board and staff have in common- a passion for trails! Here are 10 hikes hand-picked just for you. Kane Lake Trail (#66) in the Pioneer Mountains east of ... Read More

28 Oct 2020

10 Backpacking Tips for Beginners

2020-11-03T11:49:33-07:00October 28, 2020|1 Comment

This blog is part of our series honoring ITA's 10-year anniversary! By John Plat, ITA Advisory Board member John Platt has been backpacking for over 50 years, mostly in Idaho. He is a climber, backcountry skier, an Eagle Scout, and a volunteer with Valley County Search and Rescue.  He has backpacked ... Read More

15 Oct 2020

Top 10 Trail Tools

2020-11-03T11:50:58-07:00October 15, 2020|0 Comments

This blog is part of our series honoring ITA's 10-year anniversary! By Jeff Halligan, ITA Executive Director It's important to have the right tool for the job. These ten items will have any trail cleared in no time! Crosscut saw- This has been the backbone of trail work for a couple ... Read More

5 Oct 2020

Top 10 Essential Backpacking Items

2020-10-05T09:01:47-06:00October 5, 2020|2 Comments

By Clay Jacobson, ITA Trails Program Director Whether you are going out on an ITA project or planning your own backpacking trip, these items can help make your time in the backcountry a little more enjoyable! Hand Sanitizer – In the post-pandemic world, we have become increasingly familiar with the ... Read More

30 Sep 2020

Hiking with Dogs Webinar

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00September 30, 2020|0 Comments

October 13, 7-8 pm Mountain Time In partnership with Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, long-distance hiker Whitney "Allgood" LaRuffa will share his experiences and tips for hiking with your furry friend. Allgood is a seasoned long-distance hiker with over 10,000 miles of long-distance hikes under his feet. He has a ... Read More

2 Sep 2020

Trail Master Webinar- Backcountry Safety

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00September 2, 2020|0 Comments

All over Idaho, climate change is affecting our public lands in many different ways. Dan Isaak, a fisheries research scientist with the US Forest Service will talk about how climate change is affecting Idaho’s cold-water fish. Patrick Brown, a Wilderness Specialist will share how he's seen fire affect trails over ... Read More

29 Jun 2020

ITA Seeking Executive Director

2020-08-13T08:40:34-06:00June 29, 2020|2 Comments

Idaho Trails Association is seeking a full-time Executive Director. The chosen candidate will lead ITA into its second decade of promoting the conservation and enjoyment of Idaho’s backcountry on foot. Working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and ITA staff, this position will focus on seven main responsibilities: strategic vision ... Read More

19 Jun 2020

Trail Master Webinar- Backcountry Safety

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00June 19, 2020|0 Comments

Join us for a free webinar about staying safe in the backcountry. We’ve got three great speakers lined up to teach you about basic first aid, safe stream crossings, and bear-awareness. Wednesday, July 9 at 7 PM MT Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kvprEkPRRbKN61ONq2M08g Paul Holle, Wilderness EMT, Senior Instructor with NOLS Wilderness ... Read More

3 Jun 2020

Trail Master Webinar-  Getting Trail Ready

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00June 3, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Webinar-  Getting Trail Ready

Join us Wednesday, June 10 at 7 PM MT for a free webinar about getting ready to hit the trail. Whether you are new to hiking or already a trails enthusiast, you face different aerobic, balance and strength demands. Join Pamela DeMetro, a fitness expert and coach as she teaches ... Read More

27 Apr 2020

Digital Campfire Tales

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00April 27, 2020|Comments Off on Digital Campfire Tales

Join us for a night around the campfire telling stories! In this live webinar event, members from the ITA community will share their harrowing, hilarious or heartwarming trail tales from all over the state. There will be an opportunity for you as an audience member to "raise your hand" during ... Read More

23 Apr 2020

Idaho Gives is here!

2020-04-23T14:10:57-06:00April 23, 2020|0 Comments

Do you remember going on outdoor trips when you were young? Do you have fond memories of making s’mores around a campfire, learning how to pitch a tent, and using a crosscut saw to clear trails? Okay, probably not that last one. But maybe you remember hiking as a kid! Outdoor ... Read More

22 Apr 2020

Trail Master Series-  There’s an (Outdoor) App for That

2022-03-02T09:50:39-07:00April 22, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Series-  There’s an (Outdoor) App for That

Join us for a free webinar about the outdoor apps that will enhance your outdoor experience. April 22, 7-8pm MT For most of us, smartphones have become a part of everyday life. It is the multi-tool of communication and entertainment. Utilizing your smartphone in the backcountry can shed ounces off ... Read More

31 Mar 2020

Trail Master Series Webinar: Trail Runner Resources

2020-03-31T10:27:06-06:00March 31, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Series Webinar: Trail Runner Resources

We're exited to announce we're taking our Trail Master Presentation Series online so we can continue sharing ideas and resources during this time. Since we can't meet in person, on April 1, we will be sharing this presentation online through the webinar platform Zoom. Click the link below to sign ... Read More

17 Mar 2020

ITA Response to COVID-19

2020-03-17T13:35:17-06:00March 17, 2020|0 Comments

The health and safety of our staff, members, family and community are our number one priority.   In response to the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak and the concern it poses to everyone’s health and well-being, our entire staff will be implementing best practices which will still allow us to do our jobs ... Read More

13 Mar 2020

Featured Projects

2020-03-13T10:54:09-06:00March 13, 2020|0 Comments

With so many great projects on the schedule, it's hard to even know where to start! Here are a few that we are especially excited about: April 26 - May 2 • North Central Idaho • Gospel Hump Wilderness • Sheep Creek Jet Boat TripJet boat from Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp, outside of ... Read More

13 Mar 2020

Our 2020 Project Schedule is Live!

2020-03-13T10:42:48-06:00March 13, 2020|0 Comments

We're so excited to announce that our project schedule is open to members to sign up! There are so many great maintenance and monitoring trips this year and we can't wait to get out on the trail with you. We have projects from one to seven days and ranging from easy to difficult. Our Members-Only sign-up period will be ... Read More

29 Feb 2020

Social Media Etiquette in the Outdoors

2020-03-16T13:45:38-06:00February 29, 2020|0 Comments

On January 29th, as part of the ITA Trail Master Presentation Series, board member Pam Bond and Leave No Trace Ambassador Evan Worthington discussed the potential impacts, good and bad, of sharing our outdoor experiences through social media like Facebook and Instagram.  Those who attended had varying opinions about how ... Read More

4 Feb 2020

Trail Master Series-  Backcountry Cooking with Carrie

2020-04-27T10:05:18-06:00February 4, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Series-  Backcountry Cooking with Carrie

UPDATE: Since we can't meet in person, we are going to be doing this presentation online as a webinar! Same date and time as the original event. Please sign up below to get your spot! Wednesday, April 29, 7-8 pm Webinar description: Tired of eating pre-package backpacking meals? Guest speaker ... Read More

4 Feb 2020

POSTPONED: Trail Master Series – Long Distance Runner Resources:

2020-03-17T10:25:04-06:00February 4, 2020|Comments Off on POSTPONED: Trail Master Series – Long Distance Runner Resources:

This event is postponed until further notice: Hey trail runners! If you are just getting started or have been running for years, you’re sure to find some nuggets of knowledge during this presentation.  Guest speaker Hannah McLean will be talking about trail running in general and how it differs from ... Read More

4 Feb 2020

Trail Master Series – There’s An (Outdoor) App for That

2020-02-08T16:52:49-07:00February 4, 2020|Comments Off on Trail Master Series – There’s An (Outdoor) App for That

For most of us, smartphones have become a part of everyday life.  It is the multi-tool of communication and entertainment. Utilizing your smartphone in the backcountry can shed ounces off your pack weight AND gives you a wealth of information at your fingertips.  Come and learn about the most popular ... Read More

4 Feb 2020

The Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo

2020-02-08T16:53:05-07:00February 4, 2020|Comments Off on The Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo

Join us for a two-day celebration of the amazing outdoor lifestyle enjoyed in the Inland Pacific Northwest. The event will feature gear giveaways, kid-friendly activities, live demonstrations, outdoor educational clinics, and lots of awesome exhibitors including ITA. Come say hi! The Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo Saturday, February 22- ... Read More

4 Feb 2020

Powerful Pints

2020-02-08T16:59:39-07:00February 4, 2020|Comments Off on Powerful Pints

Drink to donate! 50% of proceeds from all sales at Lost Grove Brewing in Boise will be donated to Idaho Trails Association. Representatives from ITA will be at the taproom from 5-8pm to answer any questions. There will also be a sweet cross-cut demo! Can't make it Tuesday? No worries! ... Read More

3 Feb 2020

Wild Pint Night

2020-02-08T16:59:57-07:00February 3, 2020|Comments Off on Wild Pint Night

Join us at Lost Grove Brewing in Boise to celebrate and learn from Idaho Trails Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and WildEarth Guardians about the current projects going on and how you can be involved! The evening's excitement includes live music from Travis Ward, a food truck by Crisp and brews ... Read More

28 Jan 2020

Nearly 8,000 hours of service in 2019!

2020-02-08T16:46:04-07:00January 28, 2020|0 Comments

Since ITA’s start in 2010, the number of projects, volunteers, and supporters has grown every year. 2019 was no exception! Two hundred and seventy-seven volunteers contributed 7,996 hours of service and completed a total of 37 trail projects across the state. 2019 Totals: Miles of trail cleared- 189.5 Week-long Projects ... Read More

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