The East Face of Mt Borah by Bob Boyles

Idaho has nine summits that reach over 12,000 feet and all but two lie within the Lost River Range in central Idaho. Idaho’s tallest and most visited peak, Mt Borah (12,662’), is located in the central section of the range. As the state highpoint, it is also very popular. During the summer months, it is not unusual to see a … Continue reading

Arval Anderson, Early Sawtooth Explorer and Surveyor.

Dave Pahlas provided the following historical information about Arval Anderson who was an early surveyor and mountaineer in the Sawtooths. He is credited with naming several Sawtooth peak. Dave reports that “on the summit of Peak 9704”, I found a large stone marker proposing that the peak be named after Arval L. Anderson. This led to some Internet searching and … Continue reading

Elephant’s Perch – Pacydermial Pleasantries 1977 by Ray Brooks

Ray Brooks Bio It was love at first sight with me and Idaho’s Sawtooth Range. Rotten rock, mosquito bogs, and the annual July plague of biting flies: all failed to dampen my ardor. In 1971, I discovered Elephant’s Perch. It is a massive dome of beautiful pink granite (Leucocratic quartz monzonite). Its’ very clean and solid 1,200 foot high west … Continue reading


For more on fire lookouts see the following articles: Boise National Forest Fire Lookouts  and An Overview of the Lookouts on the Salmon National Forest By the 1930’s the Forest Service had a goal to “put a firewatch on every mountaintop”. Idaho ended up with 989 fire lookout structures- more than any other state in the Pacific Northwest. Of southern Idaho’s … Continue reading

Idaho’s Albion Range, published in Summit Magazine Vol. 30, No. 2 March-April, 1984

Text and Photos by Tom Lopez The Albion Range is Idaho’s most important destination for climbers south of the Snake River, offering opportunities for bouldering, technical rock climbing, and scrambling. The range extends north from the Utah border for 25 miles to a point just southeast of Burley, Idaho, in the south central part of the state. Included in its … Continue reading