Death on Castle Peak

Fatal mountaineering accidents are rare in Idaho but they do occur. The only one I know of on Castle Peak involved Jared Speers. He died in early July 2005. His friends discovered that he was missing and initiated a search. An air search located his truck at the Castle Peak trailhead on July 6th and spotted a fresh avalanche on … Continue reading

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

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

Missing Eleveners and New Routes by Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke

Editor’s Note. Carl Hamke and Judi Steciak recently became the third and fourth climbers to summit all of Idaho’s peaks exceeding 11,000 feet. George Reinier, Johnny Roache were the first climbers to summit all of these peaks while Judi is the first woman to accomplish this exceedingly difficult task. The short article below summerizes their quest and lists the 11,000 foot … Continue reading