Idaho’s Salmon and Snake Rivers, Hell’s Canyon and more

As indicated in my last post (a re-blogged description of a portion of my 2010 Road Trip where we went through the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho), I’m returning to Idaho again in this post (a re-blogged description of the first section of my 2012 Road Trip where we went through Idaho, albeit traveling different parts of the state). Yes, I love Idaho!

In this first post from the 2012 trip, Hot on the trail of Lewis and Clark, Jon and I largely followed the trail of Lewis and Clark west along the Missouri River through North Dakota and Montana, and then we entered Idaho through the Lolo Pass just west of Missoula.  If you haven’t read about this trip previously, you may want to read the other three posts that complete the 2012 trip, ending along the Pecos River northeast of Santa Fe, NM. It was a fantastic trip that required over a month to complete. For your convenience, I’ve included below the direct links to the last three posts covering that 2012 Road Trip:

Part 2Smoke and Rain in Oregon

Part 3Yosemite, NP and Hoover Wilderness

Part 4Exploring New Mexico— Gila Wilderness and the Pecos River


As you may know, I’ve been re-posting/re-blogging earlier material over the past few  weeks, as I recover from last months heart surgery. I’m happy to report that my recovery has been phenomenal, and while my medical team was great, I credit much of my speedy recovery to my history of backpacking, hiking and other outdoor adventure –aka staying active!

This should be my last re-posting of old material, and I hope to have a new post of ‘snowshoeing in Minnesota’ material available soon -if weather cooperates. After -20 to -40 degree windchill temps a few weeks ago, we are now experiencing +30 to 40 degree weather, and all snow is rapidly disappearing.  All I can guarantee is that my next post will be new, original material! Stay tuned!


And lastly, before I end this post, I will again add some links (re-posts/re-blogs) covering  a few great SOTA (Summits On the Air) adventures, that include some serious hikeing, beautiful scenery, and great amateur radio ops -all wrapped up together. There’s also some generic material on Summits On The Air (SOTA) for those seeking the added information, and a link to offgridham regarding a good home-brew backpacking antenna.  Enjoy!

Two of the following SOTA Hikes/Amateur Radio Activations take place in the Colorado Rockies and three take place in SW Australia using varied frequencies, and some take place at greater distances over salt water. Most are at or below 5 W outout –QRP low power levels!

  1. W0C/FR-122 (Skyscraper Peak) – 3767 m / 12383 ft First Activation, 9-11-15
    By kx0r  Skyscraper Peak is a rocky alpine SOTA peak on the Continental Divide near Winter Park.
  2. W0C/PR-006 (Lulu Mountain) – 3720 m / 12228 ft First Activation, 7-20-15
    By kx0r  Lulu Mountain is a prominent alpine summit in the northwest part of Rocky Mountain National Park.
  3. SOTA – VK1AD portable 70cm update #24 – Mt Domain, 9-24-16      Andrew VK1AD 1506 metres ASL Namadgi National Park, Maidenhead Grid Locator QF44KM
  4. SOTA 6m QRP – VK2 to ZL1 2340 km at 5 watts / 1-10-17                          Andrew VK1AD and Andrew VK1MBE activating SOTA peak Mt Budawang VK2/ST-015.  Surprising success at working ZL1 on 6m 50.120 MHz at 5 watts QRP SSB, that’s right not CW or digital modes, yep voice mode SSB from SOTA summit Mt Budawang VK2/ST-015 for two ZL1 QSOs over 2340 km (1454 miles).   Mt Budawang is 37 km inland from the Tasman Sea.
  5.  SOTA – 2017 New Year ORP Activation / 6-1-17                                            Andrew VK1AD /  I made my way to Mt Stromlo’s north-hump for the VK SOTA New Year S2S ‘bonanza’, an opportunity to add a hundred or so points to my SOTA Summit to Summit Log.


    2017 North America SOTA Events Posted on 1-5-17 by Bob K0NR

    Summits On The Air (SOTA) Associations – 109 Active worldwide,

    Recently Submitted Information


    73 de Mike,  KEØGZT


About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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2 Responses to Idaho’s Salmon and Snake Rivers, Hell’s Canyon and more

  1. So glad to hear that you are healing and on the mend. You hit the nail on the head in re to hiking. Staying active is such an asset. Look forward to more posts to come!

    • Mike Hohmann says:

      Thanks, Jonathan. I look forward to some snowshoeing soon. It is January, so I don’t think this warm weather will be around for long! A foot or two of nice powder would be just fine with me.

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