Traversing The Sawtooth Wilderness

Jeff and Sara Lundy; Skiing Off The Top of the Divide.

 

For six-days the remarkable beauty of the Sawtooth Wilderness in Winter is my home. The ground covered in six-days is all with a heavy pack, on skis, and two-miles above sea-level.

Accompanied by the wise and talented Chris and Sara Lundy of […]

Imogene Peak in Winter

Photography, backcountry ski touring, winter, a journey up a major named peak, and the Sawtooth Mountains. Now that combination sounds like fun to me.

My goal on this day is to head up Imogene Peak 3,000+ vertical feet – via skins on skis and post hole climb – to capture a late afternoon […]

The Four (or Five) Falls of Na’ili’ili-haele – Maui

Reaching each of the Four Falls Na’ili’ili-haele in Maui is what all guides and guide books about the island categorizes as a “serious adventure”. It is one that ultimately involves trekking, hiking, rock climbing, boulder hopping, use of ropes, scaling waterfalls and swimming to a destination you have yet to personally confirm exists.

The entry […]

Boulder Peak Climb

Boulder Peak in the Boulder Range of the Sawtooth Mountains is a big bold and impressive mass of rock lifting almost 5,000 feet above the floor of the Wood River Valley. To scale it, I took the Class III – IV route along the south ridge. The ascent is straight-forward with some enjoyable route-finding. One […]

Leatherman Peak Climb

Is there anything of possible interest slightly off your normal path that you have yet to investigate? I chose to take a side trip and investigate one of them – the reward was great.

Leatherman Peak (12,238 ft.) is one of nine peaks in Idaho that top out at 12,000 feet or above in elevation. […]

Sun Playing Havoc at the Perch

Droplets of rain and soft hail begin to fall upon me as the late afternoon sun peeks through the dark clouds. Sitting on an exposed knob at 8,800 feet elevation, the Redfish Creek Valley is 2,000+ feet below to my left and the Saddleback Lakes are 400 feet below to my right. Directly across from […]

Sunrise South to North

My extended backyard ranges from Silver Creek Preserve to the south and the Redfish Creek Drainage to the north. America affixed rather lofty name designations to these locations – Fisherman’s Paradise and Shangri-la – respectively in the 1930’s. Today the designations remain appropriate. I visit the Silver Creek Preserve and the Redfish Creek Drainage often […]

Grays Peak- beautiful and varied scenery, and a grunt to the summit

The Pioneer Mountains from the summit of Grays Peak.

With the advent of a number of forest fires in or near the Sawtooth range and a road rally on Highway 75 north of town, Kyle and I decided that a change in itinerary was needed in order to summit a peak in the region.

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Summer in the Sawtooths 2013

A some point during the month of March Kyle and I decided that as a followup to our summit-ting the highest peaks in the five mountain ranges surrounding the home territory in 2012 we would focus on the Sawtooth Mountain Range in 2013. Separately, Kyle and I had determined we really enjoyed and looked forward […]

Triple Crown and Double Dip

As the saying goes, last is not necessarily the least. On Thursday, the statement could not be more applicable as Kyle and I successfully complete summiting (in 2012) the last of the highest peaks in the five mountain ranges (Pioneer, Boulder, Sawtooth, White Cloud and Smoky) surrounding the house. The last, Saviers Peak at 10,441 […]