Fishtrap’s Outpost program has been the conduit for writers wanting to experience wilderness and be inspired by the beauty of Wallowa County. After 10 years in existence, the program is expanding this coming year.

In addition to the Outpost on the Zumwalt Prairie, this year with author Joe Wilkins, Fishtrap is partnering with Winding Waters River Expeditions to create a four-day raft trip down the Snake River in Hells Canyon with award-winning nature author Craig Childs.

“Outpost provides such a unique opportunity for adventurers to unplug for a week, gather in a beautiful place, and get some writing done.” said Fishtrap Program Manager Mike Midlo.

The Zumwalt Prairie event will be June 24-29, 2019. A small group of writers will experience a week of creativity, solitude, day trips, nature study, camping and sharing.

Wilkins, who will encourage the group to explore the relationship between civilization and wilderness, will have the aid of an experienced naturalist to lead daily interpretive walks and local cooks to provide meals.

Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains in Montana. His work has appeared in a host of the nation’s leading magazines and literary journals, including The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Orion, The Sun, High Country News and Slate.

Early bird registration opens Dec. 1. Cost includes meals and camping. Prices go up after March 1, 2019. Registration is limited to 13.

The Write and Raft on the Snake River event with Childs will be Sept. 3-8, 2019.

Voyagers will include raft runs down the deepest river canyon in the United States while receiving personal instruction from Childs, who has published more than a dozen books on adventure, wilderness and science.

Winding Waters River Expeditions of Joseph will provide rafts, guides and meals and bring participants to the best camp spots on the river.

Childs is known for following ancient migration routes on foot, pursuing early Pueblo passages across the Southwest and most recently the paths of first peoples into the Americas during the Ice Age.

Early bird registration opens Dec. 1. Fee includes meals and camping. Costs go up after June 1, 2019. Registration is limited to 12.

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