When it comes to marking the best backcountry routes, nothing beats local knowledge. The IDBDR was prepared with much assistance from Bill Whitacre, an impressively well-connected Idaho adventure enthusiast, along with Kurt Forget from Black Dog Cycles in Sandpoint, Idaho. Between the two of them, the BDR committee gained incredible insight into the state of Idaho, its land, politics, history, and, most important, the best places to ride. Watching the sun dip low along the Pack River at Kurt’s house just south of the border was a great opportunity to remember why projects like this are so important. It brings riders together and it challenges them, but more importantly it creates opportunity for folks who would otherwise stay at home.