Hiking and Mountaineering - Class C

Up to 15 miles round trip and 3500 ft. elevation gain. This is strenuous to very strenuous physical activity. Prior experience and training is beneficial very, very helpful.

 

Hiking and Mountaineering - Class C Trips


White Mountain - 10,442' - TRIP CANCELLED

My plan is to meet at the Walmart parking lot on Overland Road right behind the Ultra Touch Car Wash at 11 AM on Monday. From there, we will drive to Challis and car camp near the trailhead. On Tuesday, we will climb White Mountain and return to Boise that night. We will need some 4WD vehicles to reach the trailhead. Please send an e-mail to john.hamann@us.af.mil if you want to come. The summitpost link for White Mountain is below.

Oregon Peaks Trip - Revised Dates

My plan is to meet at the Pizza Hut parking lot in Baker City at 7 AM on Saturday. The Pizza Hut is located next to McDonalds at Exit 304. From there, we will drive on Hwy 7 to Deer Creek Road, then up to the trailhead. Rock Creek Butte is mostly a trail hike, with a short off-trail scramble at the very top. If you want to camp out near the trailhead on Friday night, we can meet at the Deer Creek Road intersection on Hwy 7. After Rock Creek Butte, we will drive west to Strawberry Mountain. We will either camp near the trailhead or stay at a motel in John Day on Saturday night.

Rock Creek Butte & Strawberry Mountain, Oregon

My plan is to leave Boise on Friday night or Saturday morning and head to Baker City, OR. On Saturday, we will climb Rock Creek Butte, which would be an 11 mile roundtrip, 3,700' climb. The climb would be almost all on trail with a short off trail section at the very top. Saturday evening we will drive towards Strawberry Mountain and either camp or stay in John Day. On Sunday we will climb Strawberry Mountain from the south. This will be an easy 1,400' climb and about 6 miles roundtrip, all on trail. Return to Boise on Sunday evening. Summitpost links are below.

Bell Mountain from the East

Moved to this weekend in hope of better weather.

Bell Mountain's distinctive dome-shaped summit anchors distant views of the Lemhi Range.  It's even more spectacular close-up.  Join us in an off-trail walk up the east ridge of this 11,612-ft. peak with some scrambling including a steep but short headwall near the summit (YDS 3 scrambling with some exposure).  Round trip is about 6 miles with 3,000 ft. of elevation gain.

 

Explore the Escalante

We have enjoyed the spectacular red rock canyons and arroyos of Utah several times, but this will be our first visit to the Escalante-Grand Staircase region.

We'll leave Boise early on Saturday morning November 23 for the 10-hour marathon drive. For the next seven days we will explore slots canyons (both day and overnight trips) and visit cultural/historical places on less strenuous days. We will stay at a variety of camps: developed (with hot showers), car-campsites, and primitive backcountry sites. We return to Boise on Sunday December 1.

Cervidae Peak

Some of you may have heard of "The Boise Grand Slam," a term coined, I believe, by Tom Lopez (author of numerous Idaho hiking / climbing books).  The Slam consists of hiking four local peaks in one year (or multiple years, I'm not picky).  The four peaks are: Lucky Peak, Mt Heinen, Kepros, and Cervidae.  I am told Cervidae is the easiest of the four.  :)  Details at www.summitpost.org/cervidae-peak/155243.  Just 17 miles from Boise, the hike is only a couple miles long (one way) and a couple thousand feet of elevation gain.

Cervidae Peak

Some of you may have heard of "The Boise Grand Slam," a term coined, I believe, by Tom Lopez (author of numerous Idaho hiking / climbing books).  The Slam consists of hiking four local peaks in one year (or multiple years, I'm not picky).  The four peaks are: Lucky Peak, Mt Heinen, Kepros, and Cervidae.  I am told Cervidae is the easiest of the four.  :)  Details at www.summitpost.org/cervidae-peak/155243.  Just 17 miles from Boise, the hike is only a couple miles long (one way) and a couple thousand feet of elevation gain.

Sunrise, Sunset

Let's hope that this weekend has better mountain weather.

Join us in exploring the summits of these two peaks, each over 10,000 ft in elevation, in the southern Lost River Range.

We will leave Boise after work on Friday and car camp at the trailhead. Saturday we hike one peak. Sunday we hike the other and return to Boise.

Both peaks are off-trail on YDS 2-3 terrain (some scrambling, not much exposure), with elevation gains up to 3,500 ft. each day and ~ 5.5 miles round trip (don't let the low mileage fool you; these will be fun but challenging hikes)