First and always the Sawtooths Date Climbed: Jul 14, 1979
Wander and explore where you like, but you always find your way back to the Sawtooths. My first backpacking experience in the Sawtooths was in 1979 while I was in high school. Over the years I have met people from all over the world who have set their compass to experience the Sawtooths. Now I share the Sawtooths with my sons as I hope to instill in them the same love of this country as is mine. From their earliest day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips to ski camps and scrambles, they are learning how to love and respect this wonderful range. I take pleasure in knowing that the SNRA (with thanks to Senator Church) will remain available to my family for future generations.
I first visited the Sawtooth Range in 1968 and it was love at first sight. Over the years I have done 4 crossings, 2 north-to-south by way of the Queens and Boise River and 2 west-to-east along with a couple of crossings on skis. This was also the range where we learned, practiced and honed our mountaineering and technical rock climbing skills. I am not done yet.
I like to use the Sawtooths as a spring "tune up" because with low elevations and easy approaches, they melt out before other ranges and offer a good mix of all kinds of mountain challenges I will see the rest of summer. Want to go in winter sometime. Great range. I've been up 10 peaks so far, a couple without names.
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