Climb to Conquer Cancer Ascends Table Rock for a Cause 

And Idaho Master Naturalists focus on scenery

Conquer Table Rock and help conquer cancer.

Scott Marchant

Conquer Table Rock and help conquer cancer.

Why don't you take a hike? And while you're at it, why don't you take all those pent up philanthropic ideals and actually do something with them?

No, seriously, why don't you take a hike for a good cause? The annual Climb to Conquer Cancer is the American Cancer Society's way of tailoring a fundraiser to Boise by combining a hike up Table Rock with raising money to fight cancer.

Sound interesting? Well, you'd better get a move on--the hike is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4.

Teams and individuals can still sign up in advance online, and day-of registration will be taken the morning of the event. The registration fee costs $200 per team and individual registration costs $30 for adults or $20 for kids. Cancer survivors can join the walk for free and will get to take home a special gift bag.

Participants had already raised more than $10,000 by press time.

Check-in and late registration begin at 7:30 a.m. at Quarry View Park, with the hike starting at 8:30 a.m. Water stations will be staggered along the route and participants can write messages on special biodegradable memory balloons at the top of Table Rock.

A festival and barbecue--complete with food, a DJ and bounce house--and a celebration of cancer survivors will be held back in the park following the hike.

For more information or to join, visit

Idaho Master Naturalists have teamed up with the Boise National Forest for a free nature walk in the Shafer Butte area Saturday, Aug. 11.

This will be the second in the series of walks, during which participants can learn about natural features of the area, including flora, fauna and geology. The walk will be roughly two hours long through moderately steep terrain.

The hike will begin at 10 a.m. in the Shafer Butte Picnic Area, and kids are welcome--although everyone is asked to have sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, water and snacks. While the hike is free, there is a $5 per vehicle day-use fee in the parking lot and pre-registration is requested.

For more info or to register, call the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961.

Of course, these days, you have to know where you can walk in the Mountain Home Ranger District. The district has closed the area within the 403-acre Avelene Fire to the public. Grimes Creek and Clear Creek roads will remain open.

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