The First Winter Ascent of Mount Regan

The following newspaper article covers the first winter ascent of Mount Regan. Joe Leonard has written an extensive account of this climb. See The Lost and Wandering to read Joe’s account which is an excerpt from his  2016 memoir The Son of Madam of the Mustang Ranch. Read more about Joe in the Contributors section of this website. Click on the … Continue reading

The First Idaho Guidebook: Sun Valley Ski Guide

The cover of the Sun Valley Ski Guide Andy Henning. Basil Service Collection

The first Idaho backcountry skiing and winter climbing guidebook, “Sun Valley Ski Guide,” was published in 1948. The book was authored by Andy Henning  and published by the Union Pacific Railroad, the owner of the Sun Valley Resort. The book is long out of print and hard, if not impossible, to find. However, there is a copy at the Ketchum … Continue reading

Death on Castle Peak

Castle Peak from Peak 10405.

Fatal mountaineering accidents are rare in Idaho, but they do occur. Rarer still are fatalities from summertime avalanches. Most people associate avalanches with wintertime, and winter is when most avalanches do occur. However, for climbers, it’s the summertime avalanche that can be an overlooked risk. Stanley, Idaho, resident Jared Spear died on Castle Peak in a rare summertime avalanche. His friends discovered that he … Continue reading

Andy Henning

Andy Hennig was the author of the first Idaho backcountry ski guidebook, “Sun Valley Ski Guide,” which was published in 1948. Unfortunately, the guide is long out of print and hard, if not impossible, to find. (There is a preserved copy at the Ketchum library.) Henning moved to Sun Valley prior to WWII to work as a guide for the … Continue reading