Todd Montgomery (1963-2008)


Idaho-based climber, best known for his huge dynos, impossible slabs, brutal mantels, and wicked wit, has moved on. Todd Montgomery died of natural causes on March 26, 2008, in Joshua Tree. He left from a place he loved the most. Todd's list of firsts in the City of Rocks, Yosemite, Eldorado, and the Boise area (where he grew up) will forever immortalize his efforts. Those knew him look forward to the huge doubles, and shoulder-wrecking mantels we're sure he’s already working on.

—Tedd Thompson

Published in the Idaho Statesman on 4/6/2008.Todd Newell Montgomery was born July 2, 1963 in Washington, D.C. the second of three sons of Dr. Robert and Nancy Montgomery. He graduated from Borah High School and pursued a degree in Political Science at Univ. of Colorado, where he graduated in 1987. Todd loved the mountains and the Idaho outdoors more than anything else. He remains the youngest falconer ever in the state, working with protectors of birds of prey in Idaho. He found his career in the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, where he worked for many years.

The people who knew him best appreciated him as a man of immense talent, incisive wit and a gentle soul who helped many through troubled times. Todd had a deep compassion for birds and all animals and he loved working with plants and flowers. His first love however was climbing, and it made him happier than anything else in this world. He climbed extensively in the United States, but his heart was in the City of Rocks and Joshua Tree.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert and Nancy Montgomery; brothers Bruce and Judd and their families; his many devoted friends; and his dog, Mina — all of whom will miss him dearly. "Best of all he loved the fall, the leaves yellow on cottonwoods, hawks floating on the murmuring winds, and above the hills, the high and quiet stone. Now he will be a part of them forever." Todd died of natural causes in Joshua Tree, California on March 26, 2008.

In celebration of his life and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peregrine Fund, 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, Idaho 83709