This project will drop volunteers deep in the backcountry for a week of backpacking and trail work in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Starting from Cold Meadows backcountry airstrip, the crew will work on clearing a loop that goes through meadows, up and over ridges, and past several peaks and lakes. Hundreds of logs are expected, and the crew will focus their time on opening the trail again after a 2022 wildfire.
Itinerary: Meet at the McCall airport early Sunday morning to fly in. Begin hiking and clearing from the airstrip, carrying all tools and personal gear as the crew continues around the loop. Bump camp along each night; return to the airstrip by Friday evening. Saturday morning, picked up by the plane to head back to McCall.
Crew Leader: Dave Beck and Dagmar Rapp
More Information: Splattski Trip Report 2020
Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: Flying from McCall Idaho
GAIA Map: Cold Meadows
Refundable deposit: $50
Why do I need to pay a deposit? We’ve had trouble with people backing out of trips at the last minute which can really affect the productivity of the overall project. By charging a refundable fee, volunteers are less likely to cancel their reservation. Refunds will not be given to volunteers that do not show up or cancel their reservation. Exceptions will be made for medical reasons or unforeseen circumstances. Volunteers can choose to donate the deposit to ITA. All donations are tax-deductible and will go towards maintaining trails throughout Idaho. If you require assistance in paying for this fee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will waive the cost.
You should have some experience with backpacking and be in good hiking condition with broken-in and tested gear. This is a remote backcountry project so injuries such as sprains and blisters or even extreme fatigue from not being properly conditioned can quickly become a big safety issue. If you are unsure about the proper gear or about preparing for a trip, please reach out to email@example.com.