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
I got a journalism degree from the
University of Montana
I landed a job as an environmental
reporter and I wanted to Save the
MAXIMIZE ON YOUR FREE TIME
I had a HUGE passion for
everything outdoors. I still do!
On any free day, I wanted to go
biking, kayaking, rafting,
backpacking, camping, you name
I’d mark the calendar to keep
track of how many days I skied,
went rafting, camping,
And brag to my friends about it!
Entice them to go with me!
IN IDAHO, WE ARE
FROM PARKS, TO GREENBELTS TO
MOUNTAINS AND CANYONS – WE
HAVE IT ALL!
SPRING IS A TIME WHEN WE FLOCK TO OUR LOCAL PARKS
Local parks are a treasure in our
communities – Boise has 110 parks!
A place for rest and relaxation close
Pools and playgrounds for kids
Ball fields for soccer, la crosse,
baseball and softball
Open space for dogs and frisbee golf
BOISE RIVER GREENBELT 22-MILE PATH TIES PARKS TOGETHER
BOISE FOOTHILLS – A HUGE PLAYGROUND
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
135+ miles of hiking,
running and biking trails.
Start with lower loops
and work up to big loops
The City of Eagle and mountain
bike volunteers have been
instrumental in building the
Eagle Bike Park.
The Bike Park has a number of
gap jumps for riders who like to
catch BIG AIR, a dual slalom
course and a pump track for
It’s a great place for kids to
build their mountain biking
skills close to Home.
Lots of singletrack trails too …
WHITEWATER BOATING IN SW 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
WHITEWATER BOATING OR SURFING IN BOISE
Boise River Park
Best for kayaking and
makes the play wave fun
at different water levels
Allows boaters to play
and build skills close to
WILDERNESS WHITEWATER VACATIONS - WORLD CLASS
Middle Fork Salmon River
Dream vacation for
families and friends
My kids can’t even
remember all the Salmon
River trips they’ve done
HIKING AND BACKPACKING – WORLD CLASS
White Clouds near
Forest – McCall
Hundreds of high-
mountain lakes for
camping and fishing
Bogus Basin – Solid local hill
Brundage Mountain and
Tamarack in Valley County
World-famous Sun Valley
Parks and Pipes
Idaho City Park n’ Ski
Areas & Yurts
1.5 hours from Boise
50+ miles of xc ski and
6 backcountry yurts
available for rent
Accessible for all abilities
It’s no wonder Outside magazine
named Boise its No. 1 "Dream
We’re consistently in the top 10
of Forbes lists as a GREAT place
to work, live and play
But someone has to show people
how to tap into all of these
wonderful resources …
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 …
CONSERVATION – GIVING BACK
As an outdoor leader, I felt some
responsibility to give back …
Founding president of SWIMBA
We worked on trail maintenance
and building new trails in the
foothills and beyond …
Worked on trail etiquette …
In partnership with REI, we got
hundreds of people involved …
CONSERVATION – GIVING BACK
My proudest achievement: $10M open
space levy to buy more land in the
foothills, protect wildlife habitat and
create more trails.
We kicked butt – Big grass-roots
campaign … Door-to-door, I gave a
million speeches to groups, engaged
school kids …
Since then, 11,000 acres of land have
been protected; $12 million positive
economic impact for the city of Boise
OBESITY AND VIDEO GAMES
Locally, there are still many people in
Boise 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
We need to get our kids OUTSIDE and
let them be KIDS!
SPENDING TIME 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 from sunshine
Strenthens your heart
Tones your muscles
Refreshes the soul
Wonderful feeling of freedom
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
And remember to GIVE BACK!