Category: Idaho

Things Google Maps Resurrects: Crow Creek

[Stage Directions: Please listen to Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2 in D minor as you read this post. It is the perfect tincture of macabre and adventure.] The other morning, in that precarious time between waking up and getting up, I read a short article about ghost streams. A very interesting read, which got me remembering […]

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wildlife overpasses could save millions of lives each year like these bighorn sheep

If wildlife overpasses could speak: save the best for Idaho’s US-20

For the five deer killed on Idaho’s U.S. 20 in the last 48 hours. May we drag no more of your family off the asphalt. The US 20, Yellowstone’s main highway access from Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City, wasn’t built to support Yellowstone’s record number of visitors. Somewhere north of 1.5 million vehicles travel […]

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Fiespoytro Pylwest in Idaho

On one particular night spent alone in a tent in the Idaho backcountry, I had a peculiar dream. I was in the basement of the house that I grew up in, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In this dream, my siblings and I were supposed to be moving my grandmother out of the house, as if […]

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Reading on Location: The Dying Grass (Part 1)

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for William T. Vollmann’s The Dying Grass. It also contains spoilers for the historical event known as the Nez Perce War. If you are interested in reading this novel, or visiting The Oregon/Washington/Idaho area once and always inhabited by the Niimiipuu (Nez Perce) unimpeded by a knowledge of how the […]

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The sublime majesty of cyanide

ScholarDay has been writing recently of a proposed open pit cyanide heap leach mine proposed in the Centennial Mountains in Eastern Idaho: the Kilgore Project. We’ve talked about how the Centennial Mountains are the only remaining wildlife corridor connecting large mammal populations (including grizzly bears) in Yellowstone National Park to populations in central Idaho and […]

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The metaphysics of wildlife underpasses

Before things get out of hand, let me state unequivocally that I support wildlife underpasses (and overpasses, fish ladders, canopy bridges, and all other infrastructural devices that unite wildlife populations across man-made barriers). They have been shown many times in many places to work effectively in reducing roadkill numbers. This means, of course, fewer humans […]

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Open Pit mining in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Timeline of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s Open Pit Apocalypse

The Fickle Business of the Open Pit 1930s: Blue Ledge Company sets up underground adits, potential prospect pits, and a foundation for a mill that will never end up getting built. 1983 – 1994: Bear Creek Mining tries some exploratory drilling then sells to Placer Dome US (1990), which after trying some exploratory drilling sells […]

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Keeping Track of Which Side of the Map I’m On

In the last year, I spent a lot of time staring at two sets of things: maps of Idaho and Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes by William T. Vollmann. Alex and I were planning the “exact” path that we would take on the Yell-to-Hell, a peak-bagging thru-hike in Idaho which we’ve discussed […]

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Yell to Hell map

The Yell to Hell: World Premiere of Idaho’s Newest Long Distance Trail

While we’ve had soft openings here and here and here, here is a post dedicated to introducing what Eric and I mean when we say Yell to Hell. Yell to Hell Origin Story For an English graduate student to graduate means a lot of sitting down, a lot of reading, a lot of writing, and […]

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Still more Yell than Hell: Idaho’s Lemhis and Lost Rivers

During the summer of 2017, Alex and I (Eric) humped too-heavy packs from Yellowstone National Park to the Birch Creek Valley, about 300 back-country miles away. This was the third part of a 900 mile trail through central Idaho called the Yell-to-Hell. I’ve already spoken briefly about the first range we became acquainted with, the […]

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