Sunday, March 1, 2015

Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon Sores to New Heights

Photo Credit:Bob Neill
Saturday, February 28th, Friends of Harriman and Harriman State Park hosted the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon, an annual winter event for Harriman that supports the community, the park and its friends group.  The intent of the skiathon is not to race, but an opportunity for people to set their own personal goals for fitness while supporting their local park and friends group.  Last Saturday demonstrated that the community is there to support the cherished Harriman State Park of Idaho.

Greeted by a blue bird day of 28F with strong North Easterly winds registering at a -7F windchill, 39 people lined up at the start line head on with the blustery cold wind. People came from near and far to participate in the skiathon and support Friends of Harriman; Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Salt Lake City, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, St.Anthony, Ashton and of course Island Park.  With divisions of classic or skate skiing, and distances of 7K, 10K and 20 K, there are categories catering to a diversity of fitness levels.  In addition, there is a 7K
Photo Credit: Bob Neill
Chariot division for those  pulling children in their chariots. This division experienced two firsts, not only was Moria Dow from West Yellowstone Montana the first female recipient of a medal in this division she was also the first skate skier to participate in the chariot division.  Way to GO Moira! Good on you! Moria walked away with a silver in the women's 7K skate and the women's chariot medal. Nate Sutton from Island Park took home the mens chariot medal in the mens 7K classic. He, his wife Greer, and 3 year old son Sullivan are new to cross country skiing and decided on a whim to come out and enjoy the day and support the event. This is what the skiathon is all about.  First person to cross the finish line was Colter Ross, a junior from West Yellowstone who borrowed skate skis and flew through the finish with a time of 29 minutes and 40 seconds taking gold in the mens 10km skate. That boy is going places.  Hot on his heels was Anne Jehle, also a junior from West Yellowstone and a veteran of the skiathon. She skied the women’s10km skate, and finished with a time of 31 minutes and 32 seconds, also taking gold - looks like someone else might be going places. No wonder Colter was flying so fast. Very impressive Anne, way to give Colter a push.  A link to final times and placements are below.  Thank you Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol for not only sponsoring the handsome medals to such deserving participants, but also for providing support along the trail during the event. Thank you Harriman staff. Trail conditions were fantastic and courses well marked, not easy after a month of no snow and varying temperatures.

The entire community donated to the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon and raffle through participation and donations; the kindness and support are greatly appreciated.  Because of that support, Friends of Harriman had the most profitable fundraiser to date. Between registration fees and raffle tickets FHSP raised close to $3800! Thank you! Thank you!  

Photo Credit: Phillip Chavez
The lucky winner of the Salomon Equipe RC 201 Classic skis was Liz McGoff of Bozeman, Montana.  The winner of the Salomon RC S187 skate skis was Kyle Babbitt of Island Park.  The coveted Patagonia Ski Roller bag was won by Jane Foster of Bozeman, Montana.  Congratulations!

A huge thank you to our sponsors, this would not be possible without you:  Salomon, Patagonia, Mimi Matsuda, TroutHunter, Harriman, Henrys Fork Lodge, Sally & Bob Neill, Linda Summers, Bank of Idaho, Jim Kemp, Nancy & Bill Goodman, Lorene & Larry Parker, Island Park  News, Jodi & Jon Stiehl,Buffalo Run Campground, Boondocks, Elk Creek, Connie’s Restaurant, Island Park Journal, Great Harvest Bread, Starbucks, Camas Creek Soaps, Mary Martin, Morning Glory Coffee, Anglers Lodge, Ponds Lodge, Cafe Sabor, Dave’s Jubilee, The Gusher, Bullwinkles, The Book Peddler, Buffalo Bar, Mountain Mayhem, Robins Roost,The Grind Espresso Bar, Mack’s Inn Resort, Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Henrys Fork Foundation, Shell Station, Power Candy Company, Bren Dismuke, Subaru.

To see photos of the event check out FHSP's Facebook page. To keep in touch with Friends of Harriman and the projects we help support, visit our website at  

Classic Results
Skate Results

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon - Saturday, February 28

 No it's not a race, it's a fun event for you, your family, your park and friends group. No matter the age, no matter the ability. Classic and skate ski divisions, 7km, 10km, and 20km distances.Participate or spectate; the road is now plowed into the Railroad Ranch so you can drive up to watch the event. We'd love your support!

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Friends Of Harriman State Park Incorporated

Friday, January 9, 2015

Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon Takes Flight Once Again

Photo By Jodi Stiehl

Friends of Harriman and Harriman State Park are relaunching the Feathers 'n' Fins Skiathon this February 28th, 2015! A cross-country ski event for people of all ages and all abilities.  A mass start event with classic and skate ski divisions; 7km, 10km, and 20km distances. If you like to get outside and recreate in the winter while supporting your local recreation area, this event is for you. 

Click here for more information

Saturday, September 20, 2014

John Muir ADA Trail Gets a New Coat

Assistant Manager, Bert Mecham applying Road Oyl to trail surface
Thanks to a grant from the CHC Foundation of Idaho Falls, Friends of Harriman was able to purchase ten more barrels of Road Oyl, an environmentally friendly pine resin sap used to create hard trail surfaces.  These ten barrels have provided the final top coat on the new John Muir ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant Interpretive trail, firming the shoulders of the trail and hardening the surface of the first handicap fishing access on "The Ranch". This fishing access located at Sage Flat parking area in Harriman State Park will be the second access for those with less mobility on the Henrys Fork river, the other is located at Box Canyon boat launch.

The John Muir Interpretive ADA Trail has been a project in motion since 2009, a 5 year journey which is nearing completion. We have reached this point in the project because of the support of many including base funding from past IDPR Interpretation program lead by Larry Mink, a grant awarded by IDPR's Recreational Trail Program, The Joe Tuplinsky Memorial Fund, discounts from Mid West - supplier of Road Oyl and Island Park Services - supplier of gravel trail base, and the hard work and dedication of Harriman State Park staff.

1st ADA Fishing Access on "The Ranch"
A grand opening for this 3/4 mile trail is set for Saturday June 27th, 2015 but before the trail and access can be deemed complete, ADA approved metal railings need to be added to the fishing access at a cost of $1500.  If you would like to help support this project by contributing  to the handicap railings, you can send a check to Friends of Harriman State Park, Box 125, Island Park, Idaho 83429 noted ADA trail and you will receive a tax deductible receipt for your contribution.   Friends of Harriman is thrilled to be a part of increasing recreational opportunities to the Island Park community and we thank you for your support.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brandin Bucks!

Saturday August 30th and Saturday September 13th, Friends of Harriman will be branding bucks for all those that generously donated to the Buy-A-Buck campaign with a mission of replacing the historic jack fence at Harriman State Park of Idaho along Highway 20 in Island Park, Idaho.  Anyone that has contributed and desires to brand their name is invited to attend. 10 am at the East Gate Mailbox.

September 6th will be the final build day, thanks to Jim Kemp ROF. He has tirelessly worked on this jack fence since 2009 contributing his blood, sweat, tears and finances to the project as well as rounding up a dedicated group of folks willing to run drills and pound spikes to restore a Harriman icon.  Hats off to you Jim and to everyone that has contributed their sweat and their finances to this project. It has been an inspiring journey of community spirit.
Jim Kemp ROF

Friday, July 18, 2014

They're at it again!

 Saturday, July 5th a dedicated group of mostly retired Pinehaven residents braved the hot temps and blazing sun to knock out another section of jackfence along Highway 20 south of Last Chance.  The Buy-A-Buck campaign was a first for Friends of Harriman State Park with a goal of preserving part of Harriman State Park history. The approximately 3 miles of jack fence along the Yellowstone corridor has served as an iconic landmark to travelers passing through and staying in Island Park since the Harriman family bought the ranch in the turn of the 19th century.  Seeing this jackfence preserved and not replaced with more modern barbed wire is something FHSP is determined to achieve.
The community believes so as well. This project would not be successful if not for the tax deductible  donations and the dedicated individuals that volunteer their time and pour their sweat into the Buy-A-Buck campaign. Because of this strong commitment from the community we are witnessing the replacement of the legendary jackfence along Harriman's Boundary. Truly spectacular!   If you wish to donate click here for more information and if you wish to volunteer your time drop us a line at You will see this dedicated group out there again tomorrow, July 19th and throughout the summer. Honk to say hi on your way by.