Welcome to the Great Rift Company! We do a little bit of everything, mostly connected with the outdoors. On this website, you'll find a great array of free or inexpensive outdoor resources & software . . .
Publishing. Here are links to books we publish:
Guide to Idaho Paddling Easy paddling trips in Idaho
Winter Tales History of skiing, and backcountry/cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing & Snowboarding in Idaho, Yellowstone & Grand Tetons
Never Turn Back The life of the whitewater world's most famous personality, Walt Blackadar
Ski Camping How to keep from freezing your...well, you-know-what!
(If you are a store owner or from a library and you need ordering information, here's the link: store & library page. Note that we believe in and support locally owned businesses, and we do not sell to Amazon or chain stores.)
Idaho Paddler's WebsiteIdaho Paddler's Website. This is a special website which supplements the book Guide to Idaho Paddling. Here, you'll find updated information on Idaho rivers, including any changes to rivers that might have occurred since the latest edition of the book was published. Included also are new paddling trips - and for folks in Northern Idaho, we've added much more to the paddling summaries included in the book.
Outdoor Book Reviews
Guide to Outdoor Literature: Totally free. The web's largest resource with reviews & information on the best outdoor books: new and old.
Main Page Outdoor Book Reviews - Reviews of new and upcoming books, reviews of outdoor classics, reading recommendations and more.
Best Reading Lists: Best Outdoor Books The web's most extensive collection of reading lists for outdoor book lovers
National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) NOBA is the largest and most prestigious book award in the outdoor world. Information on the latest winners.
The Outdoor Experience Reading List This is a list that I've assembled and use in my Outdoor Literature, a course that I teach for college credit.
Software. Free or low cost software programs:
Main Index to Programs This the main page with information
and links to all of our software program.
AnyOrder A shareware program for small internet or mail order businesses—or any business that needs to process orders received by phone, mail, web or email.
AnyCard Freeware: Credit Card Processing Software
RaceAid Freeware for Athletic Racing Events
AnyBook Small Publisher's Business Kit
AnyPO Purchase Order Software
Other Outdoor Resources
Stories & Articles (Outdoor adventure stories, profiles of old-timers, and reflections of days spent in the outdoors.)
Outdoor Resources (Informational articles, equipment lists)..
Climbing Route: Highway to Heaven, Storm Point, Tetons (A newly described rock climbing route in the Tetons)
Outdoor Education Papers (Safety, Teaching Techniques, Common Adventure Philosophy, Essays, etc.)
Outdoor Literature Resources (Information and links to materials, lectures, maps and other resources associated with an Outdoor Literature Course that I teach.)
Map & Compass Resources (Links to information and illustrative material on how to use a compass, how to take map and field bearings, and how to effectively use bearings in the field.)
Odd & Ends
Photoshop Helpful Information: It's nearly impossible to find this information: how to determine the opacity or transparency of an image; and an illustrated guide on how to reduce image transparency or increase image opacity.
More Photoshop Information. One process that is not explained very well in the Photoshop help documentation is how to combine or merge paths. Here's how.
Idaho State University Outdoor Studies. If you - or if you know of someone - who is interested in the outdoors and who is looking at potential colleges, you’ll want to check out Idaho State. Idaho State has a great major in outdoor education. Or even if you not interested in majoring in Outdoor Education, it's a wonderful place to get a good education and enjoy the outdoors at the same time.