ROBINSON BAR RANCH by Joe Leonard

[Editor’s note: Robinson Bar Ranch holds a unique spot in Idaho’s climbing history as it became the home of the first guide service in the United States dedicated to backcountry skiing. Joe Leonard tells it’s fascinating story below. Joe is a fascinating human being. Be sure to read a bit about his life at this link: Joe Leonard and about … Continue reading

THE LOST AND WANDERING by Joe Leonard

[Editor’s Note: Joe Leonard is a man who spent his first five years living in the Idaho backcountry in his grandparents cabin. From that point, his life just got more interesting each year.  He was behind many “first” accomplishments in Idaho, including the first winter ascent of Mount Regan, the first backcountry skiing guide service in the United States, the … Continue reading

Lyman Dye

Lyman Dye is one of the Giants of Idaho climbing. Lyman was a major contributor to the Sawtooth Range chapter in the book where his familiarity with the range, based on his many first ascents and leading clients to the tops of many peaks as part of his operation of the first guide service in the Sawtooths (discussed on page 22 … Continue reading

EE DA HOW Mountaineers

The EE DA HOW Mountaineers was a climbing group from eastern Idaho formed by Lyman Dye, Art Barnes and Wayne Boyer. They were responsible for first ascents and much exploring in the Lost River Range in the late 1950s and into the 1970s. Lyman and Wayne were still climbing in their 80s when they scaled Mount Borah. Their exploits are documented … Continue reading

Harrison “H” Hilbert

Harrison “H” Hilbert was the first director of the Idaho State University Outdoor Program. He was an active Idaho climber for many years and was part of the first winter ascent of Castle Peak discussed on pages 22 and 23 in the book. He was responsible for bringing British mountaineer and ice climber Bill March to Idaho. The ISU Outdoor Program has … Continue reading

Bill March

Bill March was a British mountaineer and ice climber who, along with Rick Albano, is credited with the first winter ascents of Leatherman Peak and White Cap Peak in 1975. He came to Idaho at the request of his friend Harrison “H” Hilbert and was associated with the Idaho State University Outdoor Program in the 1970s. The program has a good biography of him … Continue reading