News Blog: Outdoor Program

OP gets new director, expanded mission

Idaho. More than 40 percent of the state is covered in forest. There are 107,500 miles of river. The terrain ranges from the sharp Sawtooth Mountains in the east to America’s deepest river gorge, Hells Canyon, in the west, the vast waters of Lake Pend Oreille in the north and the lava flows of Craters of the Moon National Park in the south.

And with the hiring of Genny Gerke—the first full-time director of the Outdoor Program—C of I students, staff, faculty, and community members will be able to take full advantage of Idaho and all its natural wonders.

C of I Outdoor Program leads trip to Hells Canyon

A dozen Coyotes stood atop Suicide Point. The river flowed fast, dividing the towering canyon rim. Snow-topped mountains on the left morphed into a field of natural grasses near the bank. A forest service ranch on the Oregon side of the Snake River glowed a shade of deep grassy green.

“The view at the top of (Suicide Point) was spectacular,” sophomore Brittaney Bones said. “You could really tell why it is called the Snake, with the winding of the river.”