Iowa Mountaineers

Photo courtesy of the Iowamountaineers.blogspot.

The Iowa Mountaineers climbing club was a major player in the in early Sawtooth Range exploration. The club was founded by John and Ede Ebert in 1940, as a University of Iowa Mountaineering Club. The club later incorporated as a not for profit Iowa corporation and became a major force in sponsoring climber education and expeditions throughout the world. Schwartz … Continue reading

Robert Limbert (1985-1933)

Self Portrait, Robert Limbert (Courtesy Robert Limbert Collection, Boise State University Library.)

“Two Gun” Robert Limbert is probably the most interesting personality associated with Idaho Climbing history. You can read about his climbing related accomplishments on pages 15 to 16 of Idaho A Climbing Guide. His accomplishments and interests extended far beyond mountaineering. Robert developed Redfish Lodge and he is credited as the moving force behind the establishment of Craters of the … Continue reading

Miriam Underhill (1899-1976)

Courtesy of the Adventure Journal.

Unquestionably the leading American female alpinist of her time, Miriam O-Brien Underhill and her husband, Robert, brought modern mountaineering techniques to the Sawtooths in 1934 and 1935. In the process, the couple made many first ascents and wrote the first mountaineering articles on the range. You can read about her Idaho exploits on pages 17 and 18 of Idaho A … Continue reading

From Diamond Peak to Hyndman Peak: Kelly Lance’s 12er Traverse by Tom Lopez

Kelly Lance, a 49-year-old endurance runner from Pocatello, climbed all of Idaho’s 12,000 foot peaks, known as the 12ers, in a 119 mile, 78-hour push starting on September 2, 2017. Unlike the others who have climbed the 12ers in a single push, Kelly did it without resorting to mechanized transportation, the first traverse of its kind and perhaps the most … 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

Death on Castle Peak

Fatal mountaineering accidents are rare in Idaho but they do occur. The only one I know of on Castle Peak involved Jared Speers. He died in early July 2005. His friends discovered that he was missing and initiated a search. An air search located his truck at the Castle Peak trailhead on July 6th and spotted a fresh avalanche on … Continue reading