Winter’s grip is close in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho, U.S.A. As I publish this post, the snow is falling outside. Two weekends ago, I took a couple hour drive from my house in McCall, Idaho, into the high country, to enjoy my last trip before my only access will be from snowmobile. The … More Sunday Drive To Fisher Creek Saddle ~ Idaho, U.S.A.
A year or so ago I began planning an out and back hike to visit my good pals who just took over as the new caretakers/head guides, of one of the iconic Salmon River wilderness ranches, Shepp Ranch Outfitters. The private ranch is located at the confluence of the Salmon river, and Crooked creek, … More Take A Hike With Me: Into Idaho’s Gospel Hump Wilderness – Shepp Ranch And Back –
I recently enjoyed a 200 mile back-country, dirt road drive near my home of McCall, Idaho U.S.A. The trip is a loop drive, that works its way through the Salmon River Mountains, through two incredible inland salmon spawning drainage’s. Big Creek, and the South Fork Salmon, the latter being North America’s third deepest river gorge … More Purple and Pink on the Wolf Fangs
Blue skies can quickly turn dark grey on the Salmon River, at Shepp Ranch. A days work was complete, so a few chairs, and a cold beer were in order to watch, and listen to the show.
This afternoon image, of the Black Butte’s, was captured from the remote, and breathtaking Johnson Saddle in the Gospel Hump Wilderness of Idaho, U.S.A. The Black Buttes are an exposed, eroded, and minuscule section of North America’s largest batholith, the Idaho Batholith. When you hike along the base of those rocks, and cliffs, it is … More A Wisp in the Black Buttes
A few weeks back I hopped in my friend Dave’s, 1995 Maule. A super light, back country flying machine, capable of short take-off and landing. The mission was to scout out a 30 mile trail I will be hiking in a few weeks on the main Salmon river, to Shepp ranch to see my friends … More Fly Into The Chasm
With the latest round of snowy weather, the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho are under 2 feet of snow, on the higher peaks, with a few inches lingering still in McCall, at 5000 ft. It seems like, because it was, only a few weeks ago that I was enjoying some mid-autumn hikes to Snowslide Lake, … More Colors On The Mountain
With a heavy dose of evergreen conifer here in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho, the fiery patches of brush in autumn offer up some of the classic colors we search for this time of year. This is at Deep lake, 15 miles by car from McCall, Idaho. The hike into this serene spot, is … More Crimson With Yellow On The Lake
Taking in the view of the summit of South Loon at sunset, on a recent back-packing excursion. We are situated on the South saddle above Hum lake, our first major ridge crossing on our 8 mile hike in. After a quick bite, and some water, and just a nip of whiskey, we headed down the … More Fawning for the summit