Two Idaho Guides Race Grand Traverse for Redside

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Emerald LaFortune
Executive Director
The Redside Foundation, Inc.
P.O. 8734, Boise, ID 83707
emerald@redsidefoundation.org

Boise, ID (25 January 2017) – Nate Moody and Jesse Weber, both active members of the river guiding community, have announced they will be racing Colorado’s Grand Traverse Race to benefit the Idaho guide support non-profit The Redside Foundation.

“As a symbol of solidarity and support for other Idaho guides in need we have decided to enter into a 40 mile ski mountaineering race to raise awareness and financial support to sustain the mission of The Redside Foundation,” announced Nate Moody on the duo’s GoFundMe platform.

The Grand Traverse is a 40 mile ski mountaineering race from Crested Butte to Aspen Colorado. Leaving Crested Butte at midnight, duos race across the Elk Mountain Range. The race includes a 6,852 ft ascent and 8.264 descent in unpredictable winter conditions. The race began in 1998 and is inspired by the cross-mountain mail routes that connected the mining towns of Aspen and Crested Butte. Fifteen registrations are reserved for teams committing to race for charitable purposes. This year the race with occur the weekend of March 23.

Moody is a longtime Idaho guide who has worked for Salmon, Idaho based Idaho River Journeys among other companies. Weber, in addition to a Tennessee-based guiding career, maintains the popular blog “Unweary Traveler” featuring how-tos, stories and trip reports. Both are now based out of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Moody and Weber hope to raise $10,000 through a GoFundMe platfrom and Facebook Fundraiser platform to support the Redside Foundation’s mission and programs. You can visit their Go Fund Me page here: https://www.gofundme.com/Redside-Grand-Traverse.

About The Redside Foundation: The Redside Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the health and strength of the Idaho guiding community. The foundation accomplishes their mission by providing: confidential access to mental health and substance abuse counseling services; professional development opportunities; and educational scholarships. The Foundation’s services are available to licensed commercial guides in Idaho. To learn more about the work of The Redside Foundation, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and visit www.redsidefoundation.org.  

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