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An old two rut road, a fence line, and clouds all going where? Upper Big Lost River Valley, Custer County, Idaho. Photo by Nate Bressler
Figuring out how to pitch a wall tent near Payette Lake, Valley County, Idaho. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Cee Dub’s grub boxes and supplies – packed up and ready to load. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Notching the ridge pole with BMC Felling Axe before pitching the wall tent and driving stakes. Photo by Nate Bressler
A Best Made Breakfast – Left to Right – Fried Smashed Potato, French Toast from home made sourdough bread with Huckleberry Syrup, Applewood Smoked Bacon, washed down with camp coffee. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Cee Dub clad in Best Made Co.’s Shawl Neck Sweater to ward off the morning chill. (This is the first time Cee Dub and shawl have ever been used in the same sentence.) Photo by Nate Bressler
Smokejumpers repacking their parachutes in the Rigging Room at the McCall Smoke Jumper Base, McCall, Idaho. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Silver City Facts – This sign hangs in the Silver City Hotel, Silver City, Owyhee County, Idaho. The real history of Silver City is found when one reads between the lines. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Late afternoon light plays on weathered wood from three centuries! The rich colored rough sawn lumber dates from the late 1800’s and modern particle board from the late 1990’s, and summer 2014. Silver City, Owyhee County Idaho. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Pay no attention to the peeling paint. In the hundred plus years this buildings windows have looked out over Jordan Crick and Silver City much has changed and nothing has changed. Photo by Nate Bressler
Owyhee County’s 11,500 residents are spread over 7,697 square miles of arid desert flats, rugged mountains, and irrigated farm land. Considered the social event of the year, the county fair and rodeo attracts a varied spectrum of ranchers, farmers, cowboys, agricultural workers, along with a few city slickers from across Snake River. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Behind the chutes cowboys share laughs, strategies, and ranch gossip as they ready their riggin’ for their next ride. Photo by Nate Bressler
Tiffany Glove Company’s Bull Rider ‘Wall of Fame’ featuring autographed photos and riding gloves from some of the greatest bull riders ever to give the nod to open the chute gate. Payette, Idaho. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
A cowboy and his horse on their commute to work near Challis, Idaho. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Weird regional graffiti? No, merely a tradition dating back to the early 1900’s numerals where highschool seniors in Arco, Idaho, paint the year of their graduation on rock outcrops above this desert town near Craters of the Moon National Monument. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Setting up camp along the Pahsimeroi River on the Martiny Ranch near May, Idaho, Lemhi County, Idaho. Photo by Nate Bressler
The Best Made crew taking a break while pitching camp along Pahsimeroi River. Photo by Nate Bressler
Cee Dub trimming the ridge pole. Photo by Nate Bressler
Rem fly fishing at dusk downstream from camp on Pahsimeroi. Photo by Nate Bressler
The campfire becomes the center of the universe as night falls along Pahsimeroi River. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
The title of a Charlie Russell painting says it best, “Laugh Kills Lonesome”! Photo by Nate Bressler
Sun’s up but the guys are still on the bed ground. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
Dawn in the Upper Pahsimeroi Valley, Custer County, Idaho, Bell Mountain in the Lemhi Range on the horizon. Photo by Nate Bressler
Sun rise and sunshine at Dry Camp, Horse Heaven Pass, Custer County, Idaho. Photo by Nate Bressler
At Dry Camp looking towards Carlson Lake. Photo by Peter Buchanan-Smith
North wind blowing at Dry Camp, Horse Heaven Pass, Upper Pahsimeroi Valley, Custer County, Idaho. The sun is soon to rise over the Lost River Range. Photo by Nate Bressler
Campfire and camp coffee say it all! Photo by Nate Bressler
Sun is up – check; heels clicked together – check; headed out to have fun – check. Photo by Nate Bressler
Rem on the fence. Looking up Mahogany Crick towards Mount Borah in the Upper Pahsimeroi. Photo by Nate Bressler
Cee Dub and legendary outfitter Stan Potts, compare their axes at Colson Cr. below Shoup, Idaho. Photo by Nate Bressler
Moon set, Horse Heaven Pass, Upper Pahsimeroi Valley, Custer County, Idaho. Photo by Nate Bressler
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McCall, Owhyhee, Pahsimeroi

With a borrowed canvas wall tent and accompanied by C.W. "Butch" Welch, our trusted camp cook, guide, and narrator, we hit the open road. In less than a week we journeyed 1200 miles. Our goals were to put the new fall gear through its paces and call on some of Idaho's best: Dusty Easterday, a rodeo buckaroo; Jim Martiny, the unswerving Pahsimeroi rancher; Stan Potts, one of the greatest hunting guides the West has known; and the brave men and women at the McCall Smokejumper Base. These are some of Idaho's truest characters, united by their uncanny knack of blurring the line between work and play in the great outdoors.

A big special thanks to C.W. "Butch" Welch & Ms. Penny, and Remington Kendall. And thanks also to Jim Martiny, Stan Potts, Jan & Brent Hyde, Rose Johnson, Dusty Easterday, and the crew at the McCall Smokejumper base.

Photographs by Nate Bressler and Peter Buchanan-Smith