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

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

Mount Breitenbach: North Face – North East Ridge

First Ascent: Bob Boyles, Mike Weber and Curtis Olsen Rating: Grade III, 5.8, A2 Description Provided by Curtis Olson, Mountain Guides Inc., Boise, Idaho (as published in the American Alpine Journal, Idaho, 1983) Mount Breitenbach, North Face, Lost River Range From July 13 to 16, Bob Boyles, Mike Weber and I made the first ascent of the north face of Mount Breitenbach. Bill March … Continue reading

Missing Eleveners and New Routes by Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke

The second ascent team, Carl Hamke and Judi Steciak.

Editor’s Note. Carl Hamke and Judi Steciak recently became the third and fourth climbers to summit all of Idaho’s peaks exceeding 11,000 feet. George Reinier, Johnny Roache were the first climbers to summit all of these peaks while Judi is the first woman to accomplish this exceedingly difficult task. The short article below summerizes their quest and lists the 11,000 foot … Continue reading

One Person’s Junk Is Another’s Treasure by Rick Baugher

They say one person’s junk is another’s treasure. Archeologists of future millennia should have a field day sifting through the midden of our modern society. Humans seem to leave calling cards wherever they go. Here are some Idaho mountain summit artifacts left by those of two or three generations back. L to R: WHISKEY PEAK el 11154′ Boulder Mtns. This … Continue reading