Idaho’s mountaineering history is discussed in depth on pages 12-26 of the book. I wrote at the time the second edition was published that “The following is a thumbnail sketch of Idaho’s mountaineering history, filled with unfortunate, but unavoidable gaps.” I will try to fill these gaps on these pages as information comes in.

Iowa MountaineersThe Iowa Mountaineers climbing club was a major player in the in early Sawtooth Range exploration. The club wa ... read more
Robert Limbert (1985-1933)“Two Gun” Robert Limbert is probably the most interesting personality associated with Idaho Climbing histo ... read more
Robert Underhill (1989-1983)Robert Underhill and his wife, read more
Miriam Underhill (1899-1976)Unquestionably the leading American female alpinist of her time, read more
From Diamond Peak to Hyndman Peak: Kelly Lance’s 12er Traverse by Tom LopezKelly Lance, a 49-year-old endurance runner from Pocatello, climbed all of Idaho’s 12,000 foot peaks, known ... read more
The End of the Last Idaho Ice Age By Bob BoylesI first saw the North Face of Mount Borah in the summer of 1972 while working under contract with the U.S. For ... read more
Death on Castle PeakFatal mountaineering accidents are rare in Idaho but they do occur. The only one I know of on read more
Andy HenningAndy Hennig was the author of the first Idaho backcountry ski guidebook "A Sun Valley Ski Guide" published in ... read more
Wayne BoyerWayne Boyer was a compatriot of Lyman Dye and one ... read more
ROBINSON BAR RANCH by Joe Leonard[Editor's note: Robinson Bar Ranch holds a unique spot in Idaho's climbing history as it became the home of th ... read more

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Lyman DyeLyman Dye is one of the Giants of Idaho climbing. Lyman was a major contributor to the Sawtooth Range chapter ... read more
EE DA HOW MountaineersThe EE DA HOW Mountaineers was a climbing group from eastern Idaho formed by read more
Mount Borah: East Face, Dye-Boyer Route by Bob BoylesNote from the Editor: This wonderful article, provided for the Climbing History section of the website, includ ... read more
Harrison “H” HilbertHarrison "H" Hilbert was the first director of the Idaho State Universi ... read more
Bill MarchBill March was a British mountaineer and ice climber who, along with Rick Albano, is credited with the first w ... read more
The East Face of Mount Borah by Bob Boyles ... read more
The Early Climbing History at Tablerock by Bob BoylesFor those who live in the vicinity of Boise, Tablerock is an unmistakable landmark rising up on the northeast ... read more
Summit Idaho by Outdoor IdahoIn 2013, Idaho Public Television's iconic series Outdoor Idaho broadcast a show dedicated to mountain ... read more
The Early Climbing History of the Black Cliffs by Bob BoylesDuring the summer of 1972 three of my friends and I took a basic rock climbing class at Tablerock from Frank F ... read more
First ascent of Grandjean Peak’s Point 9144 and Peak 9180+Sean Duffy and Chris Reedy made the first ascent of two of Grandjean Peak's five summits in 1995. read more
Lost River ClimbersBack in the 1970s, when I started to climb, it seemed every climber was associated with some sort of climbing ... read more
Lou FlorenceLou Florence served in Africa and Italy in WWII. He moved to Boise with his family in 1972. He and his son Fr ... read more
Chuck Ferguson by Rick Baugher(1940 to 1998) The late Chuck Ferguson is not as well known as one would expect considering his accomplishment ... read more
Dr. Evilio EchevarriaEvilio Echeverria was on a personal quest to explore the world when he arrived in Sun Valley from Chile in 195 ... read more
Louis SturThe following is extracted from page 21 of the book.
In 1951, Louis Stur came to Sun Val ... read more
The First Ascent of the North Face of USGS Peak

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1977 Borah North Face Winter First AscentBob Boyles, Mike Weber, Art Troutner and Frank Florence made the first winter ascent of Borah's North Face. Be ... read more
Photos from the 1976 first ascent of the Direct North Face of BorahBelow you will find Bob Boyles' favorite photos from the first ascent of the Direct North Face of Borah ... read more
Lost River Range Traverse by Wes CollinsEditor's Note: The following report by Wes Collins documents his remarkable Lost River Ra ... read more
Mount Breitenbach: North Face – North East RidgeFirst Ascent: Bob Boyles, Mike Weber and Curtis Olsen Rating: Grade III, 5.8, A2


Prov ... read more
Missing Eleveners and New Routes by Judi Steciak and Carl HamkeEditor's Note. Carl Hamke and Judi Steciak recently became the third and fourth climbers to ... read more
One Person’s Junk Is Another’s Treasure by Rick BaugherThey say one person's junk is another's treasure. Archeologists of future millennia should have a field day s ... read more
Fossils of Idaho’s High Peaks by Rick BaugherSome of the best examples of Idaho's marine Paleozoic fossils are found near the summits of mountain peaks, e ... read more
Where do names come from? Saviers Peak.This is the register left by Mr. and Mrs. George Saviers who climbed the peak while on their honeymoon in 1947 ... read more
The East Face of Mt Borah by Bob BoylesIdaho has nine summits that reach over 12,000 feet and all but two lie within the Lost River Range in central ... read more
Where Gray Granite Crags and Idaho’s Azure Skies Meet By DICK d’EASUNBob Boyles found and transcribed a scanned copy of the following 1929 article which discusses Mount Borah. ... read more
Arval Anderson, Early Sawtooth Explorer and Surveyor.Dave Pahlas provided the following historical information about Arval Anderson who was an early surveyor and m ... read more
RAY BROOKS’ IDAHO CLIMBING JOURNALThanks to Ray Brooks for the following memoir of his Sawtooth Climbing exploits in the 1970s.  Enjoy the read ... read more
Lost River Range Volcanoes by Rick BaugherVolcanoes and related igneous flows are a staple of the Pacific Northwest landscape, so it is interesting to o ... read more
FIRE LOOKOUTS By Rick BaugherBy the 1930's the Forest Service had a goal to "put a firewatch on every mountaintop". Idaho ended up with 989 ... read more
Idaho County High Points by Andy MartinOut of staters Ken Jones and Bob ... read more
Idaho’s Albion Range, published in Summit Magazine Vol. 30, No. 2 March-April, 1984Text and Photos by Tom Lopez The Albion Range is Idaho's most important destination for climbers south of t ... read more