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.


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 […]

(Barely) Equal to the Challenge of Castle Peak

Reading about or listening to people discribing their attempt to summit Castle Peak reveals some common themes; “difficult”, “demanding”, “confusing”, “frustrating”, “painful”, “never ending” and “silly of me to attempt.” I, along with my son Kyle, decided to establish if any or all of these statements about the 15.5 mile (6,628 of vertical) trip to […]

To the Top of Thomspon Peak

On an extraordinary fall day, I had the fortune to attempt to summit Thompson Peak (10,751) – the highest in the Sawtooth range of Idaho. As I always say, better to be lucky than good. An on this day I was one lucky son-of-a-gun.

Accompanying me would be my son Kyle. A goal for the […]