The First ascent of the North Face of Snowslide Peak by Art Troutner

The north face of Snowlide Peak. The V-climbed by Troutner and Whitman is just right of center. John Platt Photo

[Editor’s Note: Art Troutner is a pioneering Idaho mountaineer who was involved in many firsts in the 1970s including the first winter ascent of Mount Borah. In this article, he writes about a diffcult first ascent of the Lick Creek Range’s most compelling north face.] On July 4th, 1973 Bill Whitman, 19 years old and I, Art Troutner Jr., age … Continue reading

The First Winter Ascent of the Finger of Fate by Jacques Bordeleau

Detail summit photo, First Winter Ascent, March 19, 1973. L to R > James Christopher Hecht, Harry Bowren, Gordon K. Williams, Joe Fox.

The first winter ascent of the Finger of Fate was made on March 19, 1973 by James Christopher Hecht, Harry Bowron, Gordon K. Williams, Joe Fox. I was part of the support team which also included Art Troutner and John Platt. I took the color photos. I developed the black and white photos that were shot by the ascent team. … Continue reading

Off Belay Magazine —The Sawtooth Issue 1975

Off Belay Magazine was “the” climbing magazime of its day. The following articles contained the most extensive discussion of the Sawtooth Range yet published. Special thanks to Ray Brooks for providing the scans. (Click on the scans to enlarge.) … Continue reading

The First Winter Ascent of Mount Regan

The following newspaper article covers the first winter ascent of Mount Regan. Joe Leonard has written an extensive account of this climb. See The Lost and Wandering to read Joe’s account which is an excerpt from his  2016 memoir The Son of Madam of the Mustang Ranch. Read more about Joe in the Contributors section of this website. Click on the … Continue reading

Lee Morrison

Lee Morrison leading his survey crew across Chicken Out Ridge on Mount Borah. Lyman Marden Photo

Lee Morrison, was a USGS topographic engineer, who led many mapping expedition in Idaho in the 1920s and 1930s. He announced in 1929 that his calculations had identified an unnamed peak in the Pahsimeroi mountains of the Lost River Range as being much higher than Mount Hyndman. The peak was soon there after named Borah Peak aka Mount Borah. In the … Continue reading

A 1949 Climb Up Borah

The Northwest Ridge is in the center of the photo. This ridge branches into two separate ridges lower down on the mountain, one into the Rock Creek drainage and the other forms the edge of the West Face. The Southwest (Chicken-Out) Ridge is on the right skyline. Photo by John Platt

This article was published in the Aberdeen Times August 18, 1949.Since 1940, only 62 people have climbed Mount Borah, Idaho’s tallest mountain. Among these are four amateur mountain climbers from Aberdeen who scaled the 12,655-foot peak last Monday morning. Stanley and Horace Nealey, Howard Morton, and Norman Brown put on a good pair of shoes last Saturday afternoon and drove to the … Continue reading