A Sawtooth Range Glacier

The clipping file that I examined contained the following article. Unfortunately, there is no date on the clipping or any indication within the text as to the timeframe when it was written. My guess is that the article dates from the 1920s or earlier. In 2018 we know there are no active glaciers in Idaho. Pettit Lake is the only … 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

Robert Limbert (1885-1933)

Self Portrait, Robert Limbert (Courtesy Robert Limbert Collection, Boise State University Library.)

“Two Gun” Robert Limbert is probably the most interesting personality associated with Idaho Climbing history. You can read about his climbing related accomplishments on pages 15 to 16 of Idaho A Climbing Guide. His accomplishments and interests extended far beyond mountaineering. Robert developed Redfish Lodge and he is credited as the moving force behind the establishment of Craters of the … Continue reading