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

1938–Ski Mountaineering Sun Valley Style

This December 4, 1938  Idaho Statesman published a Sun Valley promotional article written by the resort’s manager which discussed Ski Mountaineering opportunities in the mountains surrounding the resort. The article predates the publishing of Andy Henning’s definitive guidebook for backcountry skiing around the resort, the Sun Valley Ski Guide in 1948. As lift skiing gained popularity and adherents the resort abandoned … Continue reading

Idaho Mountaineering 1939

This July 23, 1939 article briefly surveys Idaho Mountaineering at the time. Unfortunately, the climbers shown in the photographs are not identified. Nevertheless, the article demonstrates that Idaho climbers were actively “getting after it” 80 years ago. … Continue reading

Chimney Rock Off-Belay Magazine 1972

Off Belay Magazine was “the” climbing magazime of its day. The following article contained an extensive discussion of the Chimney Rock. Off-Belay Dec. 1972 Vol.no 6. The Author, Ron Klimkow 1936 – 2012, was a professor in the Music Department at the University of Idaho and an accomplished climber. … Continue reading

The First Winter Ascent of Mount Heyburn

Mount Heyburn covered in deep snow at the time of the climb. Mark Sheehan Photo

The first winter ascent of Mount Heyburn was made by Gordon Williams, Mark Sheehan, Jacques Bordeleau, Chris Puchner and Joe Saviers on December 30, 1974. They climbed the peak from the fifth Bench Lake via the northwest ridge. Mark Sheehan remembers “It was a real slog, breaking trail though waist deep powder on a 45 degree slope. Once we got … Continue reading