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‘Outdoor Idaho’ delivers, documents some dream adventures

Tim Coldsnow always wanted to go skiing in the backcountry.

Vicki Lord always wanted to communicate with animals.

Both were among eight people who experienced their “excellent adventures” as part of the latest episode from “Outdoor Idaho.”

“My Excellent Adventure” debuts at 8 p.m. Thursday (March 10). Some of the stories stemmed from a Facebook solicit from the show asking people for their dream excursions.

Lord, of Meridian, said filming the show added another layer to her adventure. Outdoor Idaho connected her with world champion elk caller Corey Jacobsen for a lesson, took her to an elk ranch and accompanied her for two trips to call wild elk.

The process spanned several months.

“It was very entertaining,” Lord said. “The adventure of life partly is the people you come across as you move through life. I’m just here to call the elk and I’ve got my entourage.”

On her second trip into the mountains, she was able to call elk that were as close as 10 to 15 yards away. On her first trip, the elk were much farther away but still responded to her calls.

“I was really intrigued (as a kid) with this idea you could call in animals,” she said. “I never had done it in the real world. I’m not a hunter. I still think it’s neat that you could communicate with these animals.”

Coldsnow moved away from Boise for 22 years and has been back for five years. He’s an avid skier who likes powder but never had ventured into the backcountry. He went cat skiing at Brundage Mountain for his part in the show. His son, Billy, joined him as a snowboarder.

“It’d been on my bucket list for a long time,” Coldsnow said. “... It was awesome. I can’t wait to do it again. (The show) definitely sparked me to get going. ... We’ll make a point of going at least once a year, if not more often.”

Other adventures in the show involve backpacking in the Sawtooths, climbing Borah, whitewater rafting on the Payette, visiting ghost towns, floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and a grandmother-granddaughter bike ride on the Weiser River Trail.