Chuck Ferguson by Rick Baugher

(1940 to 1998) The late Chuck Ferguson is not as well known as one would expect considering his accomplishments as an Idaho climber with a peak, at least unofficially named after him. I met Chuck in the early ’80’s during my working at the Idaho Falls YMCA. I was organizing community fun runs in Idaho Falls and Chuck ran in … Continue reading

One Person’s Junk Is Another’s Treasure by Rick Baugher

They say one person’s junk is another’s treasure. Archeologists of future millennia should have a field day sifting through the midden of our modern society. Humans seem to leave calling cards wherever they go. Here are some Idaho mountain summit artifacts left by those of two or three generations back. L to R: WHISKEY PEAK el 11154′ Boulder Mtns. This … Continue reading

Fossils of Idaho’s High Peaks by Rick Baugher

Some of the best examples of Idaho’s marine Paleozoic fossils are found near the summits of mountain peaks, elevation 10000′ and higher. Although they appear in carbonate formations throughout east central and southeastern Idaho, the core zone is in the southern Lemhi and Lost River Ranges. Specifically, the best preserved fossils are found in the Scott Peak Formation, of Mississippian … Continue reading

Lost River Range Volcanoes by Rick Baugher

Volcanoes and related igneous flows are a staple of the Pacific Northwest landscape, so it is interesting to observe that Idaho’s highest mountain range presents a 60 mile front of sedimentary limestone. How did these Lost River mountains align the way they did, and how did they reach their current height? Much can be explained by the movements of the … Continue reading

FIRE LOOKOUTS By Rick Baugher

By the 1930’s the Forest Service had a goal to “put a firewatch on every mountaintop”. Idaho ended up with 989 fire lookout structures- more than any other state in the Pacific Northwest. Of southern Idaho’s 128 lookouts, 36 were above 9000′. Red Wings at el 10910′ was the highest. Twin Peaks el 10340′ is the highest fire station in … Continue reading