Andrew has contributed his photography to the site. He is one of the new generation of climbers and you will no doubt see more of his photographs and hear more about his climbing exploits in the future.
Dan is a Treasure Valley native who has lived in various places around the Pacific Northwest and now calls Boise home. He spent a lot of his younger days camping, skiing and fishing in the Idaho and Oregon Wilderness, but a busy work schedule and other obligations got in the way. A spontaneous hike in 2015 renewed his love of the outdoors and he has become hooked. Dan has plans to climb many of the higher peaks and visit the amazing outdoor places of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Dan, among his other contributions, provided helpful route clarification for the Standard Route on Stack Rock and Castle Rock found on the Boise Ridge.
Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke met in 1975 during a Clarkson Outing Club trip for technical climbing on Noonmark Mountain in the Adirondack State Park of New York. Their relationship has been happily on the rocks ever since. They moved to Idaho in 1995 and immediately purchased the first edition of Tom Lopez’s Idaho Mountain Guidebook and began exploring local peaks. They are volunteer trip leaders for Idaho Mountain Recreation, a non-profit, non-motorized outing club. While it may be true that in 2013, Judi became the first woman to ascend all Idaho peaks above 11,000 feet in elevation, it is certainly true that Carl is the first person to kiss his wife on all of those summits.
Ken Jones lives in Washington State but always seems to visit Idaho each year. You can find his name in summit registers all over the state. Ken was the first person to climb every Idaho Peak with 2,000 feet of prominence.
Ken has been bagging peaks of various sorts since he was 16. He started with the peak lists formulated by the Sierra Club’s Hundred Peaks, Sierra Peaks and Desert Peaks Sections (completing the first of those impressive lists in 1997). Ken states, “I’ll probably never finish the other 2 lists although I still hit a new DPS peak every once in a while.” Ken moved on to Mazamas lists when he moved to Oregon. Next up, he tackled the state high points next, completing the list in 1994. County high points were next. Ken independently started drawing up lists of county high points but he relates, “Thank goodness I found out that others were already doing much of that map work!”
Ken is now based in the Seattle area and his current interests include: “Prominent peaks (especially those with 2,000 feet or more of prominence in the U.S. and Ultra prominences around the world), some county high points and some of The Mountaineers’ peak lists. I’m more of a scrambler than a climber, though I’ve gotten myself up a few of the more difficult peaks when I needed to.”
Kevin Hansen grew up in Idaho Falls and competed in Gymnastics from 1983 until he started gym climbing in 1994. Sport rappelling led to sport climbing which led to trad climbing in 1997. As part of his Minor Degree in Outdoor Education, the ISU Outdoor Program introduced him to ice climbing and aid climbing in 2000. By 2001, he had climbed many pitches in Yosemite, Devils Tower and the City of Rocks.
Mount Borah was his first mountaineering experience in 2004 with his older brother. Car to car took over 11 hours that first trip. Since then he has climbed the mountain 10 times (1X North Face, 2X East Face Direct, 1X Northeast Ridge and 6X COR trail including a Winter ascent.) For now Kevin is happy to follow in the footsteps of Dean Lords and open new ice and rock routes in the Lost River Range. He was married in 2002 and is raising 4 children in Albion, ID where he teaches at the nearby High School.
Check out Kevin’s most recent adventure: the Borah North Face – Junk Rock Direct, a new route variation put up in June 2017.