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 […]

Close and Out of the Way

The Federal Gulch and Timber Draw loop trail is located about 9 miles to the east of my driveway. For a Fathers day hike I chose this loop trail as I had not previously set foot on it. The girls (Shae and Merry Christmas Dogs) requested they join me. How in 30 years of being […]

Greenhorn on a Afternoon in June

On a sunny and warm afternoon in June I decided to take the girls (Shae Dog and Merry Dog) up Greenhorn Gulch. To think this five mile stretch of trail from the Greenhorn trail-head is gulch-like would be a mistake. The trail features a gentle slope, a creek of its namesake for the entirety, beaver […]

A Sunset Atop Mindbender

Do you have a favorite place for a stroll, walk, hike, jog or run at sunset? What is or are yours?

Actually, I have a few and on Friday night I ventured on one of them. The dogs Shae and Merry joined me after work and took the Mindbender route along the top ridge-line of […]

On Winter’s Doorstep?

With any thoughts of Indian Summer weather long gone and Halloween approaching – is winter far behind?

The benefit (and detraction) of living in a high desert-alpine climate is that weather change can be quick, certain and dramatic. A bright warm fall with vibrant colors was given a cease-and-desist order by the Weather Department and […]

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 […]

Return to Horton Peak

On this day I am much like the Swallow returning to Capistrano. Only in my case it is to Horton Peak during the colors of fall. I try to reach the top of Horton Peak at least once each year. At 9,900 feet in height, Horton Peak sits at the southwest corner of the White […]

The Harriman Trail – Using A Treasure Created in Modern Times

Treasure’s created in modern times are rarely nature oriented. But there is a treasure called The Harriman Trail conceived of in 1991 that provides over 18 miles of opportunity to walkers, hikers. bikers, runners, and cross-country skiers in the magnificent Wood River corridor from the Headquarters of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) to the […]