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 added another mountain top to my collection, Box peak (8240 ft. and unnamed on many maps). Box is the prominent peak to the North and East, as seen from downtown McCall, Idaho and Payette lake. It resides in the Salmon River Mountains in the Lick Creek subrange. Approach is a very straightforward hike … More Mountain Pose ~ Box Peak ~
Slab Butte, as seen on recent backcountry tour while volunteering with the Payette Avalanche Center.
Yesterday’s Sunset as seen from our perch on top of a granite terrace on the eastside of Payette Lake. A real juicy spectacle. We have so many wonderful sunsets here in the Salmon River Mountains near McCall. There are of course the ones that have that je ne sais quoi. It is actually the West Mountains … More Sunset On Pilgrim Cove
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.
Fire season is wrapping up in the Pacific Northwest as Fall approaches. Here is a recent image I captured of the Carey Dome fire lookout on the Payette National Forest. The 85 ft. tall galvanized steel tower was constructed in 1934 by the Aermotor Co. out of Chicago, Il., and assembled and erected by the … More Keepin’ a Lookout: Carey Dome
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
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
My previous post, “Monochrome Madness”, has me thinking about black and white images. This shot is from our camp at Summerland, on the Wonderland trail, day 8, at Mount Rainier N.P. It had been snowing, and when the storm broke, the 8,886 ft. K Spire peak, and the surrounding volcanic rock, and glaciers emerged from … More Misty Mountain ~ K Spire