Idaho Mountaineering 1939

This July 23, 1939 article briefly surveys Idaho Mountaineering at the time. Unfortunately, the climbers shown in the photographs are not identified. Nevertheless, the article demonstrates that Idaho climbers were actively “getting after it” 80 years ago. … Continue reading

The Missing Link: Norman Clyde in Idaho

Idaho is a virtual sea of mountains. While there is no doubt that Native Americans rambled across the state’s mountain summits and that explorers, trappers, miners, ranchers, surveyors and locals were climbing Idaho’s mountains from the time Lewis and Clark first passed through the state, there are few recorded accounts of these early ascents. When I wrote, Idaho: A Climbing … Continue reading

Appendicitis Hill and T.M. Bannon

T.M. Bannon. USGS Photo

On February 26th, 1926, the Sunday Idaho Statesman published the following report by E.S. Crawford describing the origin of the name Appendicitis Mountain, now Appendicitis Hill. [Bannon’s extensive surveying contributions to Idaho Surveying are discussed on pages 14 and 15.] Appendicitis Case – Responsible for Mountain’s Name Answering a query of The statesman several weeks ago as to how “Appendicitis Mountain” … Continue reading

1975 Fatality on El Capitan

El Capitan from Alice Lake.

[Editor’s note: This August 6, 1975 article by UPI was published in the Idaho Statesman. No other details are known.]     Climber, 24, Dies After 70-Foot Fall UP International -A mountain climber from North Carolina. died in a Boise hospital Tuesday from injuries he suffered in a fall Sunday on El Capitgn in the Sawtooth Wilderness. A hospital spokesman … Continue reading

An 1884 Ascent of Mount McCaleb by J.D. Martin

[Editor’s note: J.D. Martin was an early settler of the Lost River valley. As he was nearing his 90th year he wrote a memoir covering the early history of the Lost River area which was published in installments in the Arco Advertiser. This portion covers his ascent of Mount McCaleb in 1884. It also references other ascents of mountains in … Continue reading