Idaho was once described by early surveyors as a “geographic monstrosity”. The pictures below surely do not give justice to that statement. I mention it because these images were captured at what is essentially Idaho’s only North South State highway chokepoint, White Bird summit on Highway 95. Essentially this is the one spot a proper … More Rainbows On The Salmon Breaks
Photo journey of a backcountry adventure in our backyard here in Central Idaho last Fall. Road based, this far away route takes you over 7 summit crossings. First block of shots showcase Pilot Peak, with views into the South Fork Salmon river breaks and the Lick Creek sub-range of the Salmon River Mountains in the … More 5 Days 7 Summits
In 2015 my wife and I embarked on a trip to Mount Rainier in the Cascade range of Washington State. We had been to Rainier (aka Tahoma, The Mountain) many times before. My wife had worked at Paradise Inn at 21 years old, and she had traveled back for various adventures on the Mountain in … More Take A Hike With Me: Wonderland Trail – Mount Rainier National Park
Winter in the Salmon River mountains of Central Idaho covers up so much of what we love in the backcountry; colorful plants, insects (there’s a few if you pay attention), birds (the ravens, owls, goshawks, woodpeckers, and some resident song birds stick around), fast moving creeks, unique rock formations, archeological sites and so much … More Take a hike with me: South Bruin
The views on the East side of Lick Creek never disappoint. Everywhere you look there is a gnarly rocky chute, a prominent chunk of vertical granite, or a U-shaped hanging valley with a waterfall finding its way to the valley floor. Lick creeks headwaters form at Lick Creek summit, and flows 3000 feet down into the … More Moon On The Mountain
I recently spent a couple nights with an old friend at Buttercup campground on Lake Cascade. After 40 plus days with no measurable precipitation, 2 days of cloud cover and passing bands of moderate rain were a welcome sign of the waning summer days here in central Idaho.
Slab Butte, as seen on recent backcountry tour while volunteering with the Payette Avalanche Center.
Looking back a couple weeks from the Lick creek subrange, of the Salmon River Mountains, just outside of McCall,Idaho. The smoke was thick for a few weeks this summer, and though it limits adventure, I still made it out into the backcountry.