Exploring Idaho

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.

wissman_IdahoEssay_71 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

wissman_09_IMG_4372 Reggie Crist enjoying two natural wonders at once snowfall and forest fires

wissman_Idaho_069 Jeff Mintz showing me the goods

wissman_09_IMG_4147 theres always a catch


Trip #3:  January 4-7 2009: Recon mission into the Lost River Range.

wissman_Idaho_001 Base of operations the Stoecklein ranch

wissman_09_IMG_4563 Drew Stoecklein leading the way into uncharted territory


Scope76 The Objective

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