After you have completed training, select one of three census zones. Each zone is comprised of three challenge levels.
Red zones are the most difficult due to distance or vertical climb. Red zones may be as long as 10 miles and best censused on XC skis; other red zones are only 2-5 of miles long but may require a steeper ascent. Red zone teams begin at 9:00 AM. You should be in good to excellent shape if your team chooses red zone.
Green zones are 1 to 5 miles long and may have brushy terrian, steep slopes or a long hike/snowshoe. You should be in moderate to good physical condition to attempt a green zone. Green teams begin at 10:00AM. You should be in moderate to good shape for a green zone.
Blue zones are the easiest and are less than 2 miles long. We have several blue zones that will be censused. Blue teams begin at 11:00 AM. Most people can census a blue zone.
All teams must report to their base camp by 4:00PM Saturday!
Expect to see wildlife on each zone type! As always, please keep updated on the current weather!
Toponce Creek. Register at the Chuckwagon Restaraunt at 7:45 AM (yes, that's early!) We have a long way to go and we want to ensure that you have the right gear. (Visit the Maps page to see the Toponce zone). This is our first year censusing Toponce Creek. We do not know what access will be like. Volunteers must have back-country experience. We will have 1, perhaps 2 snowmachines for support and rescue, should that be needed.
As we have not censused before, we will need volunteers to mark accurately the beginning and end of their zones. It is not necessary to mark each site, but the beginning and end of the zones is critical.
Also critical is your safety. You will learn about gear list at the training. If you are not in cell service, ensure that you have enough battery to make that call, otherwise you will need to be in Lava by 4PM. Pick up your chits and your log sheet from Patty Healy at the 78 Cafe. You will want to check in as soon as you are done by calling Patty at 208-604-4338. You can also call 208-232-0825 as a backup. Snowmachine operators must also check in and receive a "chit" and return the "chit" when they return.