Mountain Peaks: Determining the True Summit and the True Elevation by Livingston Douglas

Mountain climbers and obsessive peak-baggers have a common goal: to stand atop a specific mountain or series of mountains. It is generally accepted that you must stand on the highest point of a mountain to claim a successful ascent. Thankfully, about 95% of the time, there is no dispute as to the mountain top’s exact location (true summit) and its … Continue reading

Lyman Marden

Lyman Marden was a member of the USGS team that surveyed the Borah Peak quadrangle. He wrote an article entitled Climbing the Slopes of Mount Borah—the Dean of Idaho Peaks about the survey. This article appeared in the Idaho Statesman in 1935. In 195, he wrote the following report for the Boise Public Library. —An account given to the Boise Public Library … Continue reading

Which Idaho Peak is the tallest?

In the early 1920s, Hyndman Peak was considered Idaho’s highest summit. After an article (not yet located) in the Idaho Statesman declared Hyndman the tallest, a protest was sent to the Statesman and subsequently published by the paper. The protest, set out below, declared Patterson Peak in the White Clouds as the highest Idaho summit and claimed it was 13,000 feet high. Patterson … Continue reading

Lee Morrison

Lee Morrison leading his survey crew across Chicken Out Ridge on Mount Borah. Lyman Marden Photo

Lee Morrison, was a USGS topographic engineer, who led many mapping expedition in Idaho in the 1920s and 1930s. He announced in 1929 that his calculations had identified an unnamed peak in the Pahsimeroi mountains of the Lost River Range as being much higher than Mount Hyndman. The peak was soon there after named Borah Peak aka Mount Borah. In the … Continue reading

1929 Borah Declared Idaho’s Highest Peak

The book discusses the discovery of Borah Peak as the highest point in Idaho on pages 16 and 17. This entry expands on that discussion and adds source documents relating to the issue as well as documentation for T.M. Bannon’s first ascent in 1912. The following 1929 article from Idaho Statesman declared to the world that Borah Peak, also known … Continue reading

Climbing the Slopes of Mount Borah—the Dean of Idaho Peaks

Editor’s note: This article from The Idaho Statesman, February 10, 1935 was written by Lyman Marden one of the participants in the 1934 USGS mapping of the 15 minute Mount Borah quadrangle.  The Idaho Statesman, February 10, 1935 By LYMAN MARDEN  DURING the season of 1934 the United States geological survey began the mapping of the Borah peak quadrangle that includes … Continue reading