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Celebrating 50 Years: National Trails System and Wild & Scenic Rivers

National Trails System 50 Years
1968 to 2018 will be 50 years since the founding of the National Trails System and Wild & Scenic Rivers. The Southern Oregon Trail Alliance and Impact Battery want to usher in 50 more years!

Wilderness Memories

I can recall leisurely traversing our way towards Mount Hilton high up Canyon Creek in the Trinity Alps Wilderness one morning. We were utterly amazed how a few hours of spring-time sunshine changed the landscape from pleasant trickles of water easily straddled to torrents of water cascading off the cliffs! It was awe-inspiring and brought momentary anxiety as we speculated how best to safely return to base camp.

Awaking to the snorts of a bison inches from my tent while exploring Yellowstone or horse packing on the east side of the Bear Tooth mountains in northwest Wyoming to lazily floating down southern Oregon’s Wild & Scenic Rogue River in late summer, adventures abound, life-long friendships are forged and memories live on forever.

SOTA: Making It All Possible

SOTA - Southern Oregon Trail AllianceThe wilderness is one of our national treasures. The National Trails System makes it possible for us to enjoy. We thought it appropriate to team up with our friends from the Southern Oregon Trail Alliance (SOTA) to help in their efforts in keeping the trails open and maintained for everyone to enjoy. SOTA wishes to enhance the quality of trails in Southern Oregon and, by way of that, encourage more people to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of being on those trails.

Impact Battery has roots in southern Oregon and a personal connection with Chad Thorson, one of the three founders of SOTA. In fact, the memory I just shared of Canyon Creek was experienced with Chad back in 2011 where he tried a sudden arrest maneuver with his new crampons as he raced down a semi-permanent snow field at breakneck speeds (It’s a fun video as his dog chases him down the slope).

Impact Battery Vert Challenge!

Impact Battery SOTA Vert ChallengeJoin us June 16th for the Impact Battery Vert Challenge. Our goal is to get you and your family out on the trails and to raise money for SOTA in celebration of 50 years of wilderness adventures!

Impact Battery will donate 10 cents per elevation foot gained up to 30,000 feet! You can hike, bike or run your favorite trail and then report the recorded vertical gain to the SOTA crew at Valley of the Rogue State Park between 12pm and 6pm June 16th, 2018.

If you are not local to Southern Oregon you can connect with SOTA via their Facebook page or for those that use Strava by joining Simply share a screen shot of your vertical gain showing it was completed on June 16th to SOTA. Impact Battery will tabulate the total elevation gained and send a check to the Southern Oregon Trail Alliance.

The funds will be used to purchase tools required to maintain the trails. On top of the much-needed replacement shovels and clippers, SOTA would like to exchange their gas-powered chain saw with a eco-friendlier 48V battery powered saw.

June 16th is the day to bag a peak or complete the “long hill climb” ride on your bike. Whatever you do have fun and be safe!

  • dr prem raj pushpakaran

    prof prem raj pushpakaran writes -- 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers systems !!!

  • impactbatt

    The result: 93,659 ft. Our friends at SOTA put together a short video for the 50 years celebration and the Impact Battery 2018 Vert Challenge results.