Climbing the Slopes of Mount Borah—the Dean of Idaho Peaks

Editor’s note: This article from The Idaho Statesman, February 10, 1935 was written by Lyman Marden one of the participants in the 1934 USGS mapping of the 15 minute Mount Borah quadrangle.  The Idaho Statesman, February 10, 1935 By LYMAN MARDEN  DURING the season of 1934 the United States geological survey began the mapping of the Borah peak quadrangle that includes … Continue reading

1948 Idaho Statesman Article: Here’s a Club for You to Join But It’s A Rough Organization

[Editor’s Note: This September 13, 1948 article was referenced in the book in the Mountaineering History Section on page 18. The name “Thatuna Hills” appears in the article. This name which was not adopted by later map makers refers to a western extension of the Bitterroot Mountains that now is considered the northern Clearwater Mountains.] By JACK ANDERSON  Wanna join … Continue reading

Robert Fulton

Robert Fulton was an active Idaho climber in the 1930s. Robert was was fascinated with Mount Borah and wrote several articles chronicling the peak’s early climbing history, His 1935 article in the Idaho Statesman covering his second ascent of the peak (discussed in the book on page 17) is set out below. A TRIP TO THE TOP OF IDAHO By … Continue reading

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 (1885-1933)

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