Boise Backcountry Adventures  This book features 77 hiking, trail running, canyoneering, and light mountaineering routes that are conveniently close to Boise--primarily in the Boise Front, the Owyhee Front, and the Boise National Forest. The book also includes fishing information and GPS coordinates for some routes. Many of the routes described are perfect for after work outings; others are more suitable for a weekend adventure. All of the routes offer great outdoor fun within one hundred miles of Boise. Boise Backcountry Adventures (ISBN 978-0-9743038-3-3) was self-published by Sandy Epeldi in October 2012. It has 328 pages with over 120 photos, 80 maps, and 80 elevation profiles. The page dimensions are 5.25”x 8.375”.   $21.95


Boise Climbs  This book, now in its 4th edition, is the definitive guide to rock climbing in the greater Boise area. Each of Boise’s crags are detailed including: The Black Cliffs, Table Rock, Rocky Canyon and Mores Mountain. General information is also provided about two-dozen other climbing areas in the Boise region. Other features include a detailed history of Boise climbing and a foreword by Pete Takeda. Boise Climbs 4th ed. (ISBN 978-0-9743038-8-8) was self-published by Sandy Epeldi in the spring of 2016. It has 220 pages with over 100 photos, topos, and maps. The page dimensions are 5.5”x 8.5”.  $17.95


Riggins Limestone  This book details a small climbing area hidden away in the forests of Idaho’s Seven Devils Mountains. The area is thought by some to be the best sport-climbing site in Idaho. These unique crags offer approximately one hundred routes on steep quality limestone. The area’s pleasant mountain setting makes Riggins Limestone an excellent summertime destination. Riggins Limestone (ISBN 0-9743038-0-1) was self-published by Sandy Epeldi in the spring of 2002. It has 48 pages with about 30 photos, topos and maps. The page dimensions are 5.5”x 8.5” $10.95


Swan Falls Bouldering  This book details bouldering at the Swan Falls Boulders of the Snake River Canyon. The area, located fifty minutes south of Boise, sports thousands of well-featured basalt boulders. Boulder problems (roughly 500 are described) abound at all degrees of difficulty. Also included in the book is a guide supplement to Reynolds Creek bouldering compiled by local climber Jamey Sproull. This area is located about an hour southwest of Boise in the Owyhee Front. The rock is composed of granite and rhyolite. Swan Falls Bouldering (ISBN 0-9743038-2-8) was self-published by Sandy Epeldi in April, 2008. It has 76 pages—59 pages detail Swan Falls and 17 pages cover the Reynolds Creek Area. There are 55 photos and 25 maps. The page dimensions are 5.5"x 8.5" and the bind is saddle.  $13.50


New!  PDF versions of Boise Backcountry Adventures individual route descriptions are available for $2.50. Click here to order.



Retailers that carry the guidebooks



Asana Climbing Gym, 3235 W Chinden Blvd, (208) 345-7625

The Backcountry Pursuit, 671 S. Capitol Blvd, (208) 429-1124

Bandanna Running and Walking, 504 Main St, (208) 386-9017

Bob's Bicycles, 6681 Fairview Ave, (208) 322-8042

Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 W. Main, (208) 336-3854

Idaho River Sports, 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave, (208) 336-4844

Ken's Bicycle Warehouse, 10470 W. Overland Rd, (208) 376-9240

McU Sports, 822 W. Jefferson, (208) 342-7734

Outdoor Exchange, 1415 W. Grove, (208) 297-7002

Rainbow Books, 1310 W State, (208) 336-2230

The Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. 8th St, (208) 376-4229

REI, 8300 W. Emerald, (208) 322-1141

Roosevelt Market, 311 N. Elm Ave, (208) 384-9780

Score-Outdoors, 10512 W Fairview Ave, (208) 401-6543

Shu's Idaho Running Company, 1758 W. State St, (208) 344-6604

Urban Ascent, 308 S. 25th St, (208) 363-7325


Reed Cycle Inc, 238 E State St, (208) 938-7894


Gravity Sports, 503 Pine St, (208) 634-8530


Hyper Spud, 402 S. Main, (208) 883-1150




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