The Early Climbing History of the Black Cliffs by Bob Boyles

During the summer of 1972 three of my friends and I took a basic rock climbing class at Tablerock from Frank Florence, a rock climbing instructor who had just opened a shop, Sawtooth Mountaineering on Fairview Avenue. Frank and his father Lou moved to Boise from New York City in pursuit of a new life out west where the mountains … Continue reading

Lou Florence

Bob Boyles, Lou and Frank Florence on the summit of the Grand Teton (photo by Mike Weber).

Lou Florence served in Africa and Italy in WWII. He moved to Boise with his family in 1972. He and his son Frank started Sawtooth Mountaineering, Boise’s first dedicated climbing and Nordic ski shop. An avid hiker and scrambler himself, Lou used Sawtooth Mountaineering as a venue through which to promote outdoor recreation. Throughout the 70’s the shop offered introductory rock climbing … Continue reading

Chuck Ferguson by Rick Baugher

Chuck Ferguson (L) and David Ferguson (R) in Jones Creek, Lost River Range, after climbing No Regret Peak July of 1994. Rick Baugher Photo

(1940 to 1998) The late Chuck Ferguson is not as well known as one would expect considering his accomplishments as an Idaho climber with a peak, at least unofficially named after him. I met Chuck in the early ’80’s during my working at the Idaho Falls YMCA. I was organizing community fun runs in Idaho Falls and Chuck ran in … Continue reading

Dr. Evilio Echevarria

Evilio Echeverria was on a personal quest to explore the world when he arrived in Sun Valley from Chile in 1953. He took a job as a waiter at the lodge where he met Louis Stur. Stur quickly invited him into his climbing circle and the two shared many adventures over the next three years. The following photos were provided … Continue reading