BOISE, ID—Idaho State Representative Mat Erpelding seeks to break the speed record for hiking the 950-mile Idaho Centennial Trail this August. His effort will raise money and awareness for The Redside Foundation. If Erpelding, of Boise, hits his 40-day goal, he will shatter the current record by about 19 days. More importantly, Erpelding seeks to raise $20,000 for the nonprofit organization that provides vital assistance to Idaho’s outdoor recreation workers.
Erpelding has made a career of testing his mettle in the great outdoors. As a high-altitude climbing guide, he has four times summited North America’s highest peak, Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska, with clients. Erpelding also founded and co-owns Experiential Adventures, LLC, which teaches leadership development, group facilitation, and collaborative-learning techniques. He has worked for schools across the West, including Boise State University, California State Chico, Evergreen State College, and Texas Tech University.
Mat believes rural communities benefit socially and economically from the outdoor recreation industry, and that guiding and outfitting are integral to Idaho’s long-term economic wellbeing. Idaho needs to share our hidden gems, such as the Idaho Centennial Trail, to help rural economies.
Hiking the Idaho Centennial Trail as a fundraiser provides financial support for Redside’s commitment to guide health, education, and professional development. In its third year, Reside has provided mental health services to guides and has also awarded the Telly Evans Memorial scholarship to an Idaho university student and guide. Support Erpelding & Redside through a direct donation: http://www.redsidefoundation.org/partners.html.
The Idaho Centennial Trail stretches from Idaho’s northern border with Canada to Nevada in the south. The trail is rugged, entering challenging wilderness areas such as the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Trail elevations range from under 2,000 ft. on the Selway River to over 9,000 ft. in the Sawtooth Mountains.