Aggipah River Trips’ Namesake

Aggipah Mountain is the second highest peak in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness at just under 10,000 feet. It’s a mass of boulders and its summit rests above treeline.

The mountain is one of two parts that figured into the naming of Aggipah River Trips in 1977. The name literally translates into “Big Fish Water” in the Shoshone Indian language, and is the name the tribe gave to the Salmon River. Aggipah Mountain is a tribute to the Sheepeater branch of the Shoshones who lived in this central-Idaho wilderness.

Bill and his daughter, Stephanie, finally made it to the top of Aggipah Mountain on August 27, 2014 after 24 years of dreaming, planning and attempting in the past.  It was a bit of a sketchy climb as both Bill and Stephanie were nursing ankle and knee injuries, and there is no trail anywhere near the summit. Needless to say, words cannot do justice to the sense of accomplishment Bill and Steph felt upon finally reaching the top. In the words of Bill, “I didn’t think I’d ever get here.”

Aggipah Mountain catches the first rays of daylight.
Aggipah Mountain catches the first rays of daylight.

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