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

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

Dr. Evilio Echevarria

Evilio Echeverria was on a personal quest to explore the world when he arrived in Sun Valley from Chile in 1953. He took a job as a waiter at the lodge where he met Louis Stur. Stur quickly invited him into his climbing circle and the two shared many adventures over the next three years. The following photos were provided … Continue reading