NIC's Outdoor Pursuits offering Utah desert backpacking trip

North Idaho College's Outdoor Pursuits program is offering a desert backpacking trip to Southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Nov. 23-28. Participants will travel 800 miles by van to Escalante, Utah, spending the first night in The Petrified Forest State Park. The group will visit the “redwell” trailhead through the historic Hole in the Rock Road, travel through Coyote Gulch and through red-walled canyons on the way to the Escalante River. Participants will enjoy natural arches and bridges, breathtaking waterfalls, rock canyons and a Thanksgiving dinner like none other in the backcountry. Backpacking experience is not required and the trip is open to adults with a moderate fitness level. Cost is $125, which covers transportation and campsite fees. Personal equipment is the responsibility of participants. Equipment lists and itineraries will be distributed at the pre-trip meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the Outdoor Pursuits Office, located in the lower level of NIC's Edminster Student Union Building. To sign up, call Outdoor Pursuits at (208) 769-7809.

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NIC Outdoor Pursuits Coordinator Paul Chivvis, (208) 769-7809

Posted: Friday, Nov. 5, 2004

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