Idaho Trail Association (ITA) lost two members of our trail family recently, Clem Pope and John Platt. Both men inspired people with their passion for Idaho’s backcountry and gave back to make trails better for all. Because both of these men inspired so many to get out and explore, we’d like to encourage YOU to find a new trail, climb a mountain, or learn a traditional skill in honor of Clem and John. We will be collecting short stories and photos of adventures taken in their honor over the next few months. Please submit your story and a photo to go along with it to to be included.
Clem Pope was a Wilderness advocate and master of traditional trail skills. He was part of ITA’s early days and as a crew leader, he taught many volunteers and future crew leaders how to clear trail and respect Wilderness areas. In his honor, ITA has named our annual crew leader training Crew Leader Education and Mentoring (CLEM). Click here to read a tribute to Clem by Jeff Halligan.
John Platt was an avid cycler, hiker, mountain climber, and all-around adventure expert. He served as an ITA Board member and crew leader for many years, and will be remembered for his enthusiasm and knowledge about Idaho’s trails. Read more about John’s enduring legacy in his obituary and in the Idaho Statesman’s article about his life.