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Idaho’s outfitting industry has always attracted colorful characters: the ones completely at home leading a pack string down a mountain trail, or piloting a raft through one of the state’s many Class IV rapids.
This is an industry with a major impact on Idaho’s economy, its image, and its outdoor resources. In fact, each year nearly 200,000 people enlist the services of these modern-day mountain men, storytellers, and self-reliant MacGyver types.
“The Outfitters” profiles some of these men and women, tasked with connecting us to the natural world; and in the process we discover why Idaho is a national leader in the licensing and regulating of this important industry.