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

Andy Henning

Andy Hennig was the author of the first Idaho backcountry ski guidebook “A Sun Valley Ski Guide” published in 1948. Unfortunately, it is long out of print and hard, if not impossible, to find. (There is a preserved copy at the Ketchum library.) Henning moved to Sun Valley prior to WWII to work as a guide for the Sun Valley … Continue reading

Wayne Boyer

Wayne Boyer was a compatriot of Lyman Dye and one of the founders of the EE DA HOW Mountaineers an eastern Idaho climbing club. Boyer, along with Dye and Art Barnes, climbed many difficult routes in eastern Idaho including his first ascent of the East Face of Mount Borah in 1962. … Continue reading

ROBINSON BAR RANCH by Joe Leonard

[Editor’s note: Robinson Bar Ranch holds a unique spot in Idaho’s climbing history as it became the home of the first guide service in the United States dedicated to backcountry skiing. Joe Leonard tells it’s fascinating story below. Joe is a fascinating human being. Be sure to read a bit about his life at this link: Joe Leonard and about … Continue reading