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

Idaho’s First Climbing Classes.

The Union Pacific Railroad’s Sun Valley Resort was a leader in ski resort development including designing and installing the first ski lifts. It seems the resort was also a leader in establishing a climbing school. In 1947 the resort hired Walter Prager to teach climbing techniques to the resort’s guests. The climbing classes, with typical Sun Valley flare complete with … Continue reading