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

1977 Borah North Face Winter First Ascent

Bob Boyles, Mike Weber, Art Troutner and Frank Florence made the first winter ascent of Borah’s North Face. Below, you will find one of the few photos they took during the 16.5 hours they climbed and photo copies of two Idaho Statesman articles published at the time. Bob Boyles offered these details: We climbed the North Face on January 8-9. … Continue reading

Photos from the 1976 first ascent of the Direct North Face of Borah

Below you will find Bob Boyles’ favorite photos from the first ascent of the Direct North Face of Borah – Oct 1976. The North Face of Mt Borah is considered by some to be one of the finest alpine climbs in Idaho and one of the few faces that holds ice during most years. The lower face starts at around 45 degrees and steepens to … Continue reading