'Tis the Season for Training at SBFC

Author:  Mallory Scharf-CFLR Trail Crew Member

All seasonal SBFC staff have officially started their seasons, and we took this opportunity to convene for staff training in early May at the Lochsa Historical Ranger Station in Idaho. Joined by Program Director Coby Gierke, we spent a week orienting ourselves with the history and mission of SBFC, completing a bridge maintenance project on a nearby trail, and taking turns teaching lessons to our peers. We saw a bit of each other’s unique interests and experience shine through as we learned about edible and medicinal plants in the area, discussed the importance of good ergonomics and mindfulness in our daily lives, and debated details of our personal commitments to Leave No Trace ethics in Wilderness travel.

More training is ahead in May and early June as some of us brush up on our first aid training in Missoula and then we all return to Lochsa once again to train our interns! Our hard work now will pay off mid-June when we disperse into the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church – River of No Return Wildernesses to steward the precious lands we’re lucky enough to call home for the summer.

Axe(wo)manship Course

Eric Schweitzer (Moose Creek Liaison) and I, Steph Wright, (Trail Crew Lead) were lucky enough to start our SBFC season off with a bang! We spent 5 days at Ninemile Wildland Training taking the complete axemanship course, taught by Doug Olive. This course went through everything from proper chopping technique to re-handling tools, even felling trees using crosscuts and axes. We learned the correct way to sharpen an axe, different axe types, and where and when to use them. It was an informative class that gave me a lot of confidence about our upcoming season. It was also productive for SBFC; the tool cache has 2 new very sharp double-bit axes, a beautiful new single-bit axe (Thanks Doug!), and we re-handled a total of 5 pulaskis. We also made connections with other folks in the class, and was offered a large space locally to re-handle any of SBFC’s tools if need be. I look forward to our staff training next week so that Eric and I can take the knowledge that we gained and teach our own folks!  

Win a Trip for Two on the Lower Salmon!

Chad Case Photography

Chad Case Photography

Picture yourself and a guest spending a relaxed week with great company, dining on delicious food and in one of the most beautiful places on earth!  Purchase a trip for two raffle ticket (or several) and you have a chance to do just that.

Row Adventures is our 2016 Grand Raffle River Trip donor. Thanks to this outfit for donating a fabulous trip down the Lower Salmon – trip name – “Riviera of the West”. 

ROW Adventures is the life passion of owner Peter Grubb and his wife, Betsy Bowen. For over 36 years they have poured their heart and soul into creating adventure travel experiences that enrich lives and exceed expectations. Peter and Betsy have an intimate connection to every adventure they offer and have personally researched and developed all the vacation itineraries. While they began as an adventure travel company with a focus on white water rafting trips, they've grown to a company with an eclectic collection of adventures around the world.


This year’s “Riviera of the West” trip is a classic “pool and drop” river meaning that at the end of each rapid is a slow moving pool of water inviting you to jump in for a swim.  Stops along the way include historic sites such as Native American rock art, pioneer homesteads and Chinese rock houses.  Wildlife is plentiful.  Rafters get frequent sightings of golden eagles, mule deer, river otter and an occasional big horn sheep.

Put in is at Lewiston, and on the last day the rafts arrive at the confluence with the mighty Snake River in Hells Canyon.  At that point there’s 20 miles left to go, through the tail end of Hells Canyon to the take-out place called Heller Bar where the Grande Ronde River joins the Snake.


For more trip details:  http://www.rowadventures.com/salmon-river-rafting.html

To purchase your raffle tickets email info@selwaybitterroot.org or call 208-861-2010.

Winner will be announced at the Hamilton Fundraiser on April 9 @ 9:00 p.m.

Spring into Stewardship!

As the snow melts we are preparing for a magnificent season of Stewardship in the Selway and the Frank.  If you haven't already, please go to our Get Involved page and sign up for one of the many interesting trips we have planned for the summer.  One of the many trips we have planned is the Centennial Trail Project August 28-September 3.  We are partnering with Idaho Trails Association to open the Marble Creek section of the trail. 

Dagger Falls – Thoughts on Wilderness

Dagger Falls – Thoughts on Wilderness

I’m currently sitting at Dagger Falls Campground, on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Middle Fork is a Wild & Scenic River and a premier destination for floaters in Idaho. The falls are absolutely stunning, our campground is covered in Mariposa lilies, and the air is filled with the scent of lodgepole pine and subalpine fir.