PRESS RELEASE — Monday, February 24, 2014
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OUTDOOR IDAHO Special Captures Adventurers
And Their Adventures Throughout State

— Airs Thursday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
— Repeats Sunday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

OUTDOOR IDAHO documents how the unique geology and landscapes of the Gem State call to the adventurous, and how they respond in a new hourlong special. Cameras capture outdoor adventure enthusiasts as they rappel through a waterfall, climb a mountain, plunge into rapids and circumnavigate the state.

“Adventure Idaho” premieres Thursday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT as part of the special programming during FESTIVAL 2014, Idaho Public Television's annual on-air fundraiser. The program also re-airs the final Sunday of FESTIVAL 2014, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT.

“The online publication Adventure Journal conducted a poll last year and, hands down, Idaho won as the best state for adventure. So we decided it was time to explore this quest for adventure,” says Executive Producer Bruce Reichert.

The special looks at the first recorded Idaho adventure — the Lewis and Clark expedition across the state — as well as other historic treks. The show looks at people attracted to the state for its adventure possibilities like author Ernest Hemingway. And it considers the meaning of a quality adventure.

Cameras follow Idahoans into narrow canyons, down cliffs and up hillsides. And something new has been added.

“We asked Idaho's modern-day adventurers to share their GoPro (wearable camera) videos with us,” Reichert says. “We've never done that before, and they came through with flying colors.”

Another new aspect to an old quest is the use of the Internet to gather a group and plan an adventure.

“It's now possible to go online and within hours find like-minded people who think it's more fun to rappel a waterfall in February than stay inside and watch the Super Bowl,” Reichert says. “Of course we all planned to be back in time for the big game, but things don’t always go as planned.”