1938–Ski Mountaineering Sun Valley Style

This December 4, 1938  Idaho Statesman published a Sun Valley promotional article written by the resort’s manager which discussed Ski Mountaineering opportunities in the mountains surrounding the resort. The article predates the publishing of Andy Henning’s definitive guidebook for backcountry skiing around the resort, the Sun Valley Ski Guide in 1948. As lift skiing gained popularity and adherents the resort abandoned … Continue reading

Gordon K Williams by Ray Brooks

Ray Brooks Photo

Editor’s Note: see additional photos assembled by Jacques Bordeleau at the following link: Gordon K Williams Photos My friend, high school classmate, climbing, and adventure buddy, Gordon Williams aka Stein Sitzmark, and on occasion “Imstein,” passed away on Tuesday July 23rd at age 69 and 3/4. He leaves a lot of good friends and his loving family behind. Gordon was trained … 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

The First Idaho Guidebook: Sun Valley Ski Guide

The cover of the Sun Valley Ski Guide Andy Henning. Basil Service Collection

The first Idaho backcountry skiing and winter climbing guidebook, “Sun Valley Ski Guide,” was published in 1948. The book was authored by Andy Henning  and published by the Union Pacific Railroad, the owner of the Sun Valley Resort. The book is long out of print and hard, if not impossible, to find. However, there is a copy at the Ketchum … Continue reading

From Diamond Peak to Hyndman Peak: Kelly Lance’s 12er Traverse by Tom Lopez

Kelly Lance, a 49-year-old endurance runner from Pocatello, climbed all of Idaho’s 12,000 foot peaks, known as the 12ers, in a 119 mile, 78-hour push starting on September 2, 2017. Unlike the others who have climbed the 12ers in a single push, Kelly did it without resorting to mechanized transportation, the first traverse of its kind and perhaps the most … Continue reading

Andy Henning

Andy Hennig was the author of the first Idaho backcountry ski guidebook, “Sun Valley Ski Guide,” which was published in 1948. Unfortunately, the guide is long out of print and hard, if not impossible, to find. (There is a preserved copy at the Ketchum library.) Henning moved to Sun Valley prior to WWII to work as a guide for the … Continue reading