Sawtooth Mountaineering by Frank Florence

I grew up on Long Island, NY, hardly a mountainous setting. My early camping and hiking trips were in the Appalachian and Adirondack Mountains and I was introduced to mountaineering in 1970 as a student in NOLS.  I stayed on with NOLS, eventually working as a course instructor in Wyoming and Washington State. In 1972, I joined my father, Lou … 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