Echoes of a Bitter Crossing
They were fearless and self-reliant. The first Americans to cross the Rockies… to travel off the edge of the map.
The journey of Lewis and Clark through present-day Idaho was both difficult and memorable. The Corps of Discovery crossed Lemhi Pass on foot, August 12, 1805, and left present-day Idaho via dugout canoe in October. During those two months the Expedition's hopes for an easy Northwest Passage were dashed; they met two Indian tribes – the Shoshonis and the Nez Perce; and their trek through the Bitterroot Mountains nearly defeated the Expedition.
Two hundred years later, Idaho Public Television's Emmy Award-winning program explores those pivotal months of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, with a modern-day group of explorers.