Over an 11 month span I made 8 separate ventures into the mountains of Idaho. Multiple projects lead me to gain an appreciation of this sometimes misunderstood region. Know for its Potatoes Idaho offers a Mecca of winter terrain.
The Heyburn Couloir one in a sea of Idaho Peaks
Trip # 1 October 8-11 2008: Reggie Crist spending some time on his bike before the snow flies. These two images are part of a 4 year personal project stay tuned for updates
Trip #2 November 1-5 2009: Sun Valley Resort
Reggie Crist enjoying two natural wonders at once snowfall and forest fires
Jeff Mintz showing me the goods
theres always a catch
Trip #3: January 4-7 2009: Recon mission into the Lost River Range.
Base of operations the Stoecklein ranch
Drew Stoecklein leading the way into uncharted territory
Drew being Drew
Trip #4 January 12-15 2009: Shooting with the Crist family for a Warren Miller Segment
70 year old Roger Crist showing us how its done
Zack Crist getting some turns on Galena Pass
Trip #5 March 4-12 2009: Backcountry skiing via horseback check here for the full trip report
Trip #6 April 16-20 2009: Skiing the Heyburn Couloir with the Crist Brothers
This decent is a true classic viewed right from the town of Stanley. Here Zack races his sluff to the choke
Trip #7 May 14-15 2009: Adjective Mcgowen Peak another classic
Tom Wayes just starting the grueling approach to McGowan
Good look at Tom’s line from above
Reggie Crist was Tom’s partner for the day here you can just see him on the lookers right. He’s staring down one of the best lines in the Sawtooth.
Snow conditions couldnt have been better considering it was May 15th
Reggie getting rewarded for a 5 hour hike
Trip # 8 May 21-22 2009: Objective The Grand Mogul
Spring had finally hit the Sawtooth. Just a week earlier this lake was still completley frozen over. The open water allowed us to cut almost 3 hours off our approach with a 10 minute boat ride.
Good view of the blind roolover, just below the horizon is a 150 foot rappelll
Those were some tasty beers
Check out The Ski Journal Volume 4.1 for a full feature on our adventures in the Sawtooth