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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
555 WEST 25TH ST

One of the more frightening things that can happen to you when you are alone in the outdoors is to experience a personal medical emergency and have no one around to help you. In the spring of 2000, when the Clinton Administration was considering expanding Craters of the Moon National Monument, Mike Medberry, the Conservation Director of the Idaho Conservation League, was exploring a trailless area of the Monument with a couple of his friends in preparation for a visit by Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.

Mike decided to separate from his friends and explore a section of the lavas alone when he felt a sudden bang in his head and collapsed, having just suffered a stroke. It might have ended there, lying helpless in the lavas, but Mike’s friends were able to find him later that day and he was evacuated by helicopter to the Portneuf Medical Center for treatment.

On the Dark Side of the Moon is a book that came out of this experience in which Mike discusses how he revisited Craters of the Moon and developed a special bond with the place that helped him heal from his stroke. Mike came to view the lavas as a gentle place rather than the harsh environment so many others see. Mike will read from his book and show slides of places in the lava wilderness which he has grown to love and have a special meaning for him.The meeting is open to the public and all outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend.

Find out about our currently planned outdoor activities at these links.


Road biking routes in southeastern Idaho ranging from 20-25 miles up to about 50 mile alternatives have been developed by Barb Brown, Judy Williams, Gay Gilbert, and others over the past 17 years for use by a weekly Tuesday morning riding group. Mapman Alan Crockett (and protégé Jeb Blakeley) have improved the early rough schematics using GPS hardware and DeLorme software.

These maps in PDF are available HERE
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