Journey Along the Divide

Next week the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will sponsor two exciting presentations as part of our “Scotchman Peaks Adventure Series.”

Today we will take an in depth look at the first presentation. On Monday April 5th Phil Hough and Deb Hunsicker will present “Journey Along the Continental Divide”, recounting their summer 2009 hike from the Mexican Border north, along the Continental Divide, across New Mexico and through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. The presentation begins at 6:00pm in the Sandpoint Community Hall, open to the public, free of charge.

You will enjoy stunning photographs and intriguing tales from the trail as we explore the southern third of the Continental Divide.  We’ll focus on the dramatic landscape and native plants found from the New Mexico Boot Heel to the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

Starting in New Mexico, land of enchantment, with its dry, desert habitats, we’ll climb along the divide to the high country of the Colorado Rockies, with alpine meadows and wildflowers. Along the way, we’ll examine native plants that exploit each unique niche as well as some that are common to both diverse habitats.  We’ll also see beetle infested pine forests, close up photos of wild animals and look at gear and navigational strategies unique to this trail.

This program is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted and will benefit the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society and Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

Check back for tomorrow’s blog when we will take a look at the second “Adventure Series” presentation by Erin and Hig McKittrick: “A Long Trek Home; 4000 Miles by Boot Raft and Ski.”

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Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

He has hiked the "triple crown": the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest trail (twice). He has also paddled the length of the Yukon river. Phil's love of wilderness guides him as he works to save the incrediblly wild Scotchman Peaks, one of the last and largest roadless places in northern Idaho and western Montana.

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