Sawtooth Mountaineering by Frank Florence

Frank Florence on the East Face of Borah.

Editor’s Note: Sawtooth Mountaineering was Boise’s first climbing shop. It was founded by Lou and Frank Florence. The shop was an important link between many of Idaho’s premier climbers and the development of Idaho’s technical climbing scene. Bob Boyles (quoted in the book at page 23) noted the shop’s importance as a hub for local climbers, stating “the thirty or … Continue reading

The End of the Last Idaho Ice Age By Bob Boyles

I first saw the North Face of Mount Borah in the summer of 1972 while working under contract with the U.S. Forest Service. We were flying helicopters near Horse Heaven pass in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley, where our daily flights offered unrivaled views of the north and east sides of the Lost River Range. But one face in particular stood … Continue reading

Mount Borah: East Face, Dye-Boyer Route by Bob Boyles

Note from the Editor: This wonderful article, provided for the Climbing History section of the website, includes information that can be used to plan an ascent of Mount Borah’s East Face Dye-Boyer route. As such, we have also included it as part of the Online Borah Climbing Guide. Idaho – A Climbing Guide identified a route on the east face … Continue reading

The Early Climbing History at Tablerock by Bob Boyles

For those who live in the vicinity of Boise, Tablerock is an unmistakable landmark rising up on the northeast side of town. The climbing history of its rock walls, which are graced by seemingly random bolt placements and the occasional chalk mark, is slowly disapearing as time passes and excavators mine the northeast corner for building materials. Tablerock, like the … 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