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What We're Working On Outdoor Idaho's upcoming shows, assuming we can pull em off

Outdoor Idaho is moving into its 38th season in October of 2020. We've spent much of 2019 and 2020 on "Sawtooths On My Mind," "Trailblazers," Urban Wildlife," "Idaho Barns," "Idaho's 12ers," and "Off the Beaten Path." Here's a quick description of the shows.

Sawtooths on My Mind... (aired March 2020) What do the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho mean to us? We explored this question in March of 2020 with those who visited, and with those who live and work in the shadow of these magnificent peaks. We examined some of the challenges facing Idaho's most popular mountain range; and we got deep into the Sawtooth Wilderness, so we're proud of the footage on this one.

You can watch the entire hour long show here  and you can check out this short clip of some of the interesting people we met on the trail while shooting.

(Photo by Bruce Reichert)

Trailblazers... (aired May 2020) Long gone are the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the army of laborers shipped around the country during the Great Depression as our nation's work relief program. The government paid them to build trails, parks and recreation areas; and we still use many of them today.

But public lands trails need to be maintained, or they simply disappear. And some of the trails are doing just that. Luckily, Idahoans are filling the gap... for free. They are this century's CCC. We call them Trailblazers.

Luckily, all the key interviews were conducted before social distancing. This show aired May 14th. Our eastern Idaho producer, Kris Millgate was the lead on this one, ably assisted by editor and videographer Jay Krajic.

You can watch the half hour "Trailblazers" here.

(Photo by Kris Millgate)

Urban Wildlife... (aired July 2020) It's understandable that wildlife prefer our neighborhoods at certain times of the year. And that's not always a good thing -- for them or for us. We asked our Facebook and Instagram friends to send us video of the interactions with deer and elk, cougars and wolves, geese, ducks, skunks, etc. And, luckily, many of the interviews were shot before the era of social distancing.

We take viewers to the special places across our state where humans and wildlife are forced to interact. And we introduce you to those who are trying to make this wildlife interface work.

Our new producer, Lauren Melink, tackled this show, ably assisted by production manager Aaron Kunz who handled the editing duties. The show aired July 16th 2020. You can watch it online here.

(Photo by Kevin Kaiser)

Barns of Idaho... (airs October 15, 2020) Who doesn't love a barn! And Idaho has lots of em. Most are in some degree of decay. Others are being renovated in some pretty interesting ways. And some barns have always been in service to farmers and ranchers throughout the state.

We’ll examine how barns helped shape our landscape, what’s being done to preserve them and how some Idaho barns have been re-purposed to give them new lives. Producer Forrest Burger is working on this one. Here's a taste of what's in store.

Some of this show was shot before the corona virus made the scene, but a lot of it is being shot this summer.

This will be the first show of our 38th season and will air October 15th.

(Photo by Patty Pickett)

Idaho's 12ers... (airs December 2020) There are people who love to climb mountains, particularly ones that are more than 12,000 feet high. In fact, there are now trails to the top of some of Idaho's 12ers that didn't exist even a few years ago.

Most of Idaho's nine 12,000 foot peaks are in the Lost River Range; Borah Peak is the leader of the pack, at 12, 662 feet.

Producer Bill Manny has already climbed all of the 12ers; and videographer Jay Krajic has climbed most of them. They'll be leading the charge, trying to keep up with climbers as young as 6 and 9 who have already summited them all. Yikes!

This hour-long show is scheduled to air in early December, 2020. Hopefully, the corona virus won't disrupt their plans to interview the climbing community.

(Photo of Borah Peak by Tim Tower)

Off the Beaten Path (airs March 2021) Our goal is to get away from the crowds and do it in a way that most folks won't even try to follow us... places like the harsh and almost impossible-to-access Bruneau Canyon.

Or some lakes in the Sawtooths Mountains that are protected by a steep mountain and no trail. We'll also take in the Cedar Groves up north; and visit some of the state's truly outrageous rock formations, like Castle Rock in central Idaho and Chimney Rock near Priest Lake. We'll explore that one with some expert rock climbers.

That's just a few of the places we hope to visit. Hope you can join us for what could be a pretty interesting show! Bruce

(Photo by Lauren Melink of Bruneau Canyon)

Spud Country (airs 2021) There's a culture that has grown up around eastern Idaho potatoes; some schools even let students out for a week in late September to work on the harvest.

This culture may not be like anything else in the state. What are the traditions? What sorts of problems do farmers face… with water, with marketing and competition, with seeds and disease. The list goes on and on. And it's not all about spuds.

Our goal is to explore this major part of the state in a way that appeals to all Idahoans.

(Photo by Kris Millgate)

(Cover photo by Terry Lee)