The Early Climbing History at Tablerock by Bob Boyles

For those who live in the vicinity of Boise, Tablerock is an unmistakable landmark rising up on the northeast side of town. The climbing history of its rock walls, which are graced by seemingly random bolt placements and the occasional chalk mark, is slowly disapearing as time passes and excavators mine the northeast corner for building materials. Tablerock, like the … Continue reading

The Early Climbing History of the Black Cliffs by Bob Boyles

During the summer of 1972 three of my friends and I took a basic rock climbing class at Tablerock from Frank Florence, a rock climbing instructor who had just opened a shop, Sawtooth Mountaineering on Fairview Avenue. Frank and his father Lou moved to Boise from New York City in pursuit of a new life out west where the mountains … Continue reading

Lou Florence

Lou Florence served in Africa and Italy in WWII. He moved to Boise with his family in 1972. He and his son Frank started Sawtooth Mountaineering, Boise’s first dedicated climbing and Nordic ski shop. An avid hiker and scrambler himself, Lou used Sawtooth Mountaineering as a venue through which to promote outdoor recreation. Throughout the 70’s the shop offered introductory rock climbing … Continue reading