Be Careful!

A Word About Safety and Personal Responsibility 

Climbing involves unavoidable risks that every climber assumes. The fact that a route is described on this website, or in the book, is not a representation that it will be safe for YOU. Routes vary greatly in difficulty and in the amount and kind of experience and preparation needed to enjoy them safely. Some routes may have changed or deteriorated since the book and the website pages were written. Also climbing conditions can change from day to day, due to weather and other factors. A route that is safe in good weather, or for a highly conditioned, properly equipped climber, may be completely unsafe for someone less conditioned, or for everyone under adverse conditions.

Minimize your risks by being knowledgeable, prepared, and alert. There is no space in the book or on this website for a general discussion on climbing, but there are a number of good books and public courses on the subject. Take advantage of these and increase your knowledge.

Just as important, always be aware of your own limitations and existing conditions when and where you are climbing. If conditions are dangerous, or if you are not prepared to deal with them safely, change your plans. It is better to have wasted a few hours or days than to be the subject of a bad fall or rescue.

In sum, mountain climbing is dangerous. Many people die or are injured every year while engaging in the sport. This website and its contributors make no warranties or representations of any kind regarding the accuracy of the information contained on the website nor assume any liability for your use of this information. The information presented on the website may contain factual errors and subjective opinions regarding routes and ratings. Remember, you assume any and all of the risks associated with mountain climbing. You are responsible for your actions in the mountains.

Grizzly Bears and You

Now, for one final warning. Grizzly bears are spreading out across Idaho. You can encounter grizzlies in many of the northern Idaho mountain ranges and all along the Idaho-Montana border from I-90 to Yellowstone National Park (including the Bitterroot, Beaverhead, Centennial and Henrys Lake mountain ranges). The bear population is also expanding its range into the Selway Bitterroot and Frank Church River of No Return Wildernesses as well. As part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Henrys Lake Range and the Centennial Mountains are especially prime habitat for grizzly bears.

We highly recommend you visit the National Park Service’s Staying Safe Around Bears page before venturing into the Henrys Lake Range.

Also, if your climb is in grizzly bear, or black bear, country check with the appropriate U.S. Forest Service Ranger District to find out about current bear conditions.

Climb Safely and Have Fun!