Tag Archives: Idaho

March 26, 2015 Grand Ronde River, Oregon.

Ask Me: Can You Recommend Rafting Outfitters and Trips?

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Hi Michael,

I just found your blog today after starting my research for a summer guided rafting tour for families. In my next life I’d like to come back as one of your offspring! My husband would like to take our eager son on a guided, overnight rafting trip this summer to celebrate his 10th birthday: father-son trip, but someone else does the heavy lifting so dad and son can focus on enjoyment of the river, campfires and overall one-on-one time. We live in the Bay Area but our son is keen to travel for this trip—Idaho, Utah, Oregon, or Colorado, to name a few suggestions. Can you point us toward some well-regarded guiding companies and provide any insight to consider when we comparison shop?

Kind regards,
Lafayette, CA

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March 12, 2015 Alice Lake, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

One Photo, One Story: Alice Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains

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By Michael Lanza

In the last part of June, my then-13-year-old son, Nate and I, joined by two friends, took our annual “boy trip” backpacking to one of the most lovely water bodies in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, Alice Lake. We found up to three feet of snow still on the ground and the lake still partly frozen over, but offering up a mirror reflection of the row of snowy, jagged peaks that form the backdrop of Alice Lake. I grabbed this photo of Nate standing on a downed tree near the lakeshore.

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February 11, 2015 My son, Nate, skiing Freeman Peak in Idaho's Boise Mountains.

One Photo, One Story: A Child’s First Time Skiing Wild Snow

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By Michael Lanza

On the day I first took my son, Nate, backcountry skiing, when he was 12, he made a quick mental calculation before we even left the house of the effort-to-payoff deficit inherent to this activity. I told him to expect that we would spend the first two hours climbing more than a thousand feet uphill before skiing back down. He contemplated that quietly for a pregnant moment, and then asked the logical follow-up question: “And how much time do we ski downhill?” Continue reading →

February 5, 2015 McGown Peak, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

One Photo, One Story: Climbing McGown Peak in Idaho’s Sawtooths

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By Michael Lanza

Early on a sunny but freezing October morning, my friend Chip Roser and I set out from the trailhead at Stanley Lake, in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, hiking in the direction of the peak that forms the picturesque backdrop to the lake: 9,860-foot McGown Peak—not only one of the most-photographed peaks in the Sawtooths, but one of the most exciting, one-day hike-scrambles in the entire range. Continue reading →

January 11, 2015 Skiing above Bench Lakes, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

Ask Me: Where Should We Go Backcountry Skiing Around Sun Valley and Idaho’s Sawtooths?

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Hey Michael,

Nice Blog! Just spent a bit of time checking it out. So I have a question. My husband and I are heading north (we’re from Colorado) to do some backcountry skiing and mountain biking. Usually we end up in the Tetons. The couple times we have gone to Ketchum/Stanley, Idaho, zone we’ve been shut out though—once with bad weather and also lack of snow. I heard that the Sawtooths got a lot of snow, so once again we want to explore. Continue reading →

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