After the recent success of trekking into Mount Everest Base Camp, the group decided that the HOGs needed to summit a mountain. As a result, we are in the planning stages of a summit attempt of Mount Kilimanjaro. The dates are not confirmed yet, but we hope sometime in the Fall of 1999. Stay tuned for details.
SPRING BREAK 1999
A trip to the beaches of Mexico
One option is back to Puerto Penasco for fun in the surf - snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking and para sailing. Puerto Penasco is a small charming city on the Sea of Cortez. It is not a destination resort, so you get the feel of real Mexico. This will be the HOG's fifth trip and we have certainly earned a reputation. The locals see the van coming into town and screams of "the HOG is back" can be heard. We have befriended many local people with disabilities who are inspired having the HOG's in town making themselves seen and heard. In Mexico, many people with disabilities are treated as no class citizens. And for one week you can see the smiles and twinkle in their eyes as they come to see what the HOG's are up to. Come and join the fun!
Back to the Kananaskis country of Canada
We stay at William Watson Lodge, a series of cabins designed specifically for people with disabilities. Many ski areas are located a short drive from the lodge. The area around the lodge and lake have groomed cross country ski trails that go for over 40 miles. If you've always wanted to ski the Canadian Rockies by moonlight, come join us and make your dreams come true.
Middle Fork of the Main Salmon River
Come join the HOG's on a river trip of a lifetime. Flowing through the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness, the largest in the lower 48 states combines a beautiful wilderness setting with rapids and hot springs. Typically this is 5 day trip unless you find a hot springs you'd like to soak in for an extra day. I'm sure you could talk the group into relaxing one more day.
Main Salmon River
The Main Salmon is an excellent wilderness trip for the novice or beginner boater. Well, maybe semi-wilderness is a better description since the river has jet boat traffic and several guest ranches. This trip usually takes 5 days and has beautiful hikes and white sand beaches. And don't forget Barth Hot Springs and Buckskin Bill's homestead, he is known as the last of the mountain men.
Alpine stretch of the Snake River
The Alpine is a great place for the beginning rafter to get her/his feet wet, and everything else. The HOG's do many single day and overnight camping trips on this beautiful stretch of river. If you have always wanted to try white water rafting, this is the place for you. Khauna and Lunch Counter will get your heart racing and your scream will echo throughout the deep canyon. This is the river where many segments of the movie The River Wild were filmed.
The C.W. HOG Camp for Kids continues to grow every year. This Camp began when a parent with a child with a disability brought to our attention that there was nothing for kids with disabilities to do during the summer. As a result, Kids Camp was born.
The purpose of Kids Camp is to integrate children of all abilities together while doing such fun activities as; white water rafting, horseback riding, rockclimbing, and scuba diving. We would like to see more parents involved in Kids Camp so that they can see their children's abilities in a fun and safe environment.
For further information, contact;
Jeff Brandt, Director
Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group
Idaho State University
P.O. Box 8128
Pocatello, Idaho 83209