June 5, 2017. There is still a lot of snow above 8,000 feet in central Idaho. The runoff from the ferocious 2016-2017 winter snow has and is still causing a lot damage to roads and trails in the mountains. There is still a lot of snow left and flooding and landslides are going to cause more damage as we progress into summer. As I write this entry Idaho 21 is closed as a result of runoff washing out a section of the highway. Make sure you contact the Forest Service to find out the latest on road and trail conditions. All of the Idaho National Forests have Facebook pages which are updated regularly with access and other valuable information.
New additions to the website include Margo’s review of land status and most importantly private property issues. Trespassing is a topic that is going to get a lot more press in the future as well as impact your ability to climb some peaks. If you are concerned about public access issues the American Alpine Club’s Access Fund if a good place to start learning about the issue and possible solutions.
Since 2008 Contributor Erik Pohlmann has biked, hiked, snowshoed and skied approximately 60 times in the Danskin Mountains, climbing more than 20 of its peaks and reaching seldom visited corners of the Danskin Mountains. During his explorations he has accumulated just under 200,000 feet of elevation gain and covered over a thousand self propelled miles. Perhaps Erik’s most impressive segment was his recent climb of remote Cathedral Rocks via a Class 4 nonconformity in the peak’s southeast face. His ascent is the first reported ascent.
Brett Sergenian provided us with a great new snowshoe route on Peak 9005 in the Sawtooths. Use the link on the peak’s page to visit Brett’s blog where he has a lot of photos documenting the great views from the summit.
Finally, the higher West Mountains are still caked with deep snow but the southern end of the range near Emmett, Idaho has been snow free for a long time. Peaks added in this area include the highest point in Payette County, Tennison Ridge, Riley Butte, Peak 3500, and the Squaw Butte massif.
April 28, 2017. Spring has finally arrived at the lower elevations. Spring is going to arrive as late as July in the higher Idaho mountains. All in all it looks as though 2017 will continue to be an interesting year for climbers.
In large part due to the efforts of Associate Editor Margo Mandella there are a lot of new entries and revisions since the last update. New peak additions include five new peaks in eastern Idaho:
There are also four mountain peak additions in the Boise Mountains. All five of these peaks offer good spring hiking:
Other additions include:
Margo has revised and greatly improved many pages including major improvements and expansion of the entire Mount Borah Climbing Guide, the 12er page, the Grand Slam Peaks page (as well as the Kepros, Cervidea and Heinen pages), Peak 7834 (Big Holes), Porphyry Peak (White Knobs) and last but not least No Regret Peak (Lost River Range).
Brent Sergenian is the newest contributor to join our climbing community. He recently provided Peak 9489 and Shares Snout climbing route information. Welcome and thanks to Brett.
Finally, we are updating our site photos and tracks to provide larger-scale images. Eventually, you will be able to click on any photo on the website and see a larger version. This work will be ongoing as we have over 1,100 published pages to update!
February 14, 2017. It has been an old-fashion winter with plenty of snow and cold. In addition to cleaning up and improving many entries on the website, in Southeastern Idaho news, Steve and Margo Mandella provided climbing information for several Pocatello area peaks including: Peak 8037 (northeast of Scout Mountain) and Peak 7060.
And in climbing news from the Snake River Plains (yes, there are a number of ranked peaks there too), Steve and Margo summited and reported on Table Legs Butte.
I added a section to the website covering articles I have published about Idaho and other places as well as a variety of trip reports. There are articles about locations including Peru, Bolivia, New Zealand, Alaska, California, Wyoming and Colorado. Go to Article Index.
Gary Gettman provided a bit of exciting history reporting on his and Jim Manning’s first ascent of the north face of Knuckle Peak in 1974. Check it out at this link: Knuckle Peak. If you have not visited the Bighorn Crags you have missed out on one of the State’s most impressive terrains.
Send me an email if you would like to contribute to the site. You will receive full credit for your contribution and help out other Idaho climbers in the process.