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AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 1997?  Sucess!


Really fun climb! Steep and with great views as well... look for the earthquake fault while you're on top.

Posted Aug 27, 2004 6:33 pm

Andrew McKenzieRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 13, 2004  Sucess!

Andrew McKenzie

Well, what can I say? This climb was significant in effort mainly because the 3.5 mile distance leads you to believe that it is a short trip. We got started fairly late by mountaineering standards, 10:00 am. My friend Andy Peterson and I pushed hard and with a big push from the saddle below the summit, managed to reach the top in 3 hours. The real teeth of this climb dont bear themselves until you start down. The loose rock at the top can make for an exciting descent, and the sheer steepness of the trail below treeline will make your knees and ankles scream at you for days to come. Overall this was a good climb that looks worse than it really is, (ie. don't chicken out on chicken out!) It took us 5 1/2 hours round trip, with decent summit time for resting. A great day hike for locals or travelers and all but those with significant joint problems, (and I do mean knees and such!), should be able to make it with only energy lost. Cheers!!
Posted Aug 22, 2004 5:21 pm

kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 13, 2004  Sucess!


Climbed with Brandon, Kurt, Mark and Dave. The weather conditions were overcast at the start when we left at 5 AM, but as we went higher, conditions worsened with visibility about 80-100 ft consistently and very windy, above ~ 10,000 ft. Above the knife edge on chicken out ridge at some point, I checked the temp and it was 32 degrees, BUT 8 degrees with the windchill! We followed the ridge all the way to the summit due to low visability. Snow (on the ground) started a few hundred feet above the tree line, just after you begin encountering class 3 rock on the ridge. Most of the exposed ridges were still corniced. With the weather conditions, along with mixed 3rd class snow, rock and some ice, it took us ~ 6.5 hours to summit. After a short break on the summit, we were just about to descend, when the clouds started to break and within about 10 minutes the clouds had move past enought to give us great views, which made the effort well worth it. It continued to clear as we descended, and was sunny after about .5 hours for the remainder of the descent. The entire trip including breaks took us ~ 12 hours. Awsome challenging trip!

Posted Jun 15, 2004 12:11 pm

Scott WesemannRoute Climbed: Chicken out Date Climbed: 9/01 and 7/02  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2002

Scott Wesemann

This is a very fun hike and Chicken out is a fun scramble. I suggest staying right on top of the ridge. There are some class 3 moves and the exposure is really exciting. The snowfield was not all that bad when we were there. Be prepared for the steep descent. We had perfect weather on both occasions. (See trip report)
Posted Jun 9, 2004 11:37 pm

Craig NielsenRoute Climbed: Regular Route Date Climbed: 8-30-04  Sucess!

Craig Nielsen

Great Day for climbing! A wonderful route and a great mountain. One more High point for me! Yeah!
Posted Feb 27, 2004 1:33 am

phillinleyRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: May 12, 2003  Sucess!


Not a very fun mountain to be on once the sun hit. The snow was murder to get through . During the climb I cursed myself many times for not climbing this thing during the summer months. But the semi-solitude was nice with just me and two other climbers on the peak. Definately a climb that requires an ice axe in crampons even in the late spring.
Posted Jan 29, 2004 12:48 am

pdeangeliRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 25, 2002


Packed parking lot -- as expected -- with people arriving as late as 1 a.m. and others starting out at 2:30 a.m. Our group of 9 started at 5:15 and took our sweet time up to the gorgeous summit views and back for a 10-hour round trip. Weather was perfect, and our group leader Mike made sure all made it without incident. Steep, dusty, busy trail.
Posted Sep 3, 2003 2:33 pm

ZarnRoute Climbed: STANDARD Date Climbed: 08/12/03  Sucess!


Relentless and beautiful !! Views that rival or surpass any other N.A. peak. Not your standard walk up. On any given day, above the lower ridges you could be challanged to your maximum.

Be prepared as the route "feels" longer that the the 3.5 miles advertised. It is especially steep in the treeline and the summit block. There is no marked or standard route through the Chicken Out Ridge area. There are several "trails" in this zone that can lead you into various levels of high exposure and dead ends. In my opinion, stay on the high side of the ridge when ever possible.

Some would technically rate the climb at a 3.15. Do not let this be your generic guide, carry a length or at least 50' of rope to ease the exposure of exit and re-entry to Chicken Out Ridge to and from the summit block, especially if your are solo.

With all that being said, I can understand why many of the the 15 climbers I encountered on my summit day were on there second attempt.

Overall an amazing area and climb.



Posted Aug 15, 2003 2:41 am

rob_s_Route Climbed: The Only Way I Saw Date Climbed: August 8, 2003  Sucess!
A fun but hard climb. Took 4:45 up with my 2 friends, one who had climbed it before. A good suggestion is having someone who has some idea of the trail with you. In the chickenout ridge area, it is semi confusing on what way to go, based on the opinions of others this day. But my friend led us up. A fair amount of hand usage and take it slow and chicken out ridge is fairly easy. Don't be stupid and forget sunscreen, my biggest mistake looking at myself now, ouch! Great climb and well worth the hours of work. See my page at http://www.geocities.com/rob_5229/index.htm for pictures.
Posted Aug 9, 2003 9:56 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 9-14-2002  Sucess!


Left the trailhead @ 5:00 am with headlamps on, had perfect weather, temp was a little warm without any wind. Hit the summit @ 8:30 spent around an hour checking out the views (most pleasant). We than descended, and made it back to the car by 11:00 am.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 8:01 am

rpcRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: July 12, 2003  Sucess!


2nd attempt on this mtn. - got weathered off Memorial Day '02. Left Portland after work at 6pm, drove thru. the night (675 miles) and started climbing at 7am. My wife sprained her ankle at about 9000 foot level but neither one of us wanted to turn around and have to come back again to do this one so we continued. Crowds galore!!! Initially, had our doubts if Blondie (our dog) would be able to make the summit, but after seeing the summit-bound crowd at the TH, our doubts were dissipated. Blondie had no issues. Beautiful views from summit. This late in the season, there was really nothing to the Chickenout Ridge - the snow slope on either side of the ridge could not have been more than about 25 degrees with nice runout below. This was really the only place on the route where you hit snow (all 40 feet of it) - no need for ice ax or crampons this late. Bring plenty of water.
Posted Jul 14, 2003 9:10 am

fastandlightRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: october 13, 2002  Sucess!


Borah is a great climb. It was on the cold side the day I climbed it, but the wind wasn't too strong. The 5200' vertical gain over 3.5 miles is fairly steep, but the views are great. There was not one other person on the mountain the day I climbed it.

Check out my website for photos of the climb
Posted Nov 2, 2002 9:54 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 28 1999  Sucess!


Steep, cold and a bit dicey. I would say that Chicken Out ridge is overrated. The hike is about as steep as it can get without using all fours!
Posted Oct 5, 2002 8:57 pm

Fred SpickerRoute Climbed: Soutwest Ridge Date Climbed: 16 August 2002  Sucess!

Fred Spicker

I was surprised and a bit disappointed at the amount of actual trail on the route. Great views and a nice outing.
Posted Aug 18, 2002 6:08 am

PeytonRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 10 August, 2002  Sucess!


Very tough hike for me in terms of steepness and loose rock. I would like to try this one in winter.
Posted Aug 12, 2002 8:52 am

IdahoClimberRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: June 15th, 2002  Sucess!


Great climb! Left the trailhead at 6 and summited at about 10. Cloudless day, seems like you could see forever. Chicken out ridge was awesome. Would recommend ice axe for crossing places along chicken out ridge but is not necessary there is still a-lot of snow on the ridges but nice footholds were kicked in by the end of the day. Make sure to stay high along chicken out ridge, went low at first and it gets a little hairy. The rocks are sharp so bring some gloves. Definitely more than a just a hike, seems like some of the switchbacks needed switchbacks, and scrambling along the ridge was technical but manageable. 3 other groups summited also, one with a guy with one leg, one with a eleven-yr old kid who had climbed Denali earlier in the year. Camping at the trailhead is really nice. Any questions feel free to email me at nicstover@yahoo.com.

Posted Jun 17, 2002 8:19 am

Paul BurkholderRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: 9/9/2001  Sucess!

Paul Burkholder

After reading someone's opinion that maybe a cable ladder should be installed on Chicken Out Ridge for safety, I thought I better climb it now before this happens! A light snowfall several days before kept most people away. Great views. Much fun!
Posted Oct 25, 2001 2:14 pm

FetterRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge thru chicken out Date Climbed: April 13-14 2001  Sucess!
My Friend Doug and I - This was our First real Snow climb other than Diamond Peak, Id. The snow was great. The mountain looked so awesome covered in its white blanket. Used Snow shoes from the parking lot up to the start of chicken out ridge where we setup base camp. It snowed 4-6 inches overnight but not a big deal. Saturday morning woke up early (5am) and hit the snow at 6am . The sun was just coming up and made for a wonderful sunrise. Snow shoed up chicken out ridge until just before the top where we switched over to crampons. Negotiating chicken out ridge was fun but must be careful and stay between that fine line between the Rock and the Cornices. The 2 couloirs where indeed challenging. We stayed on the ridge line to the top were we summited at 3pm. This was a beautiful sunny day and could see for miles. This climb was the toughest climb i have ever done due to the snow we had to work thru. By the time the day was over and we were back to the car we felt like laying down and die but thankful to our families we survived. This was a once in a lifetime adventure not to be repeated ....? Um maybe.....
Posted Apr 18, 2001 12:26 pm

IdahoSummitsRoute Climbed: Standard route (southwest ridge) Date Climbed: 7/31/1999  Sucess!


Excellent climb, kicked my butt, but well worth it. Check out my web site for pictures from the climb:

Posted Apr 12, 2001 6:31 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 1992  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

I climbed this with a group of state-high-pointer friends. On the trip we also climbed Gannett Peak, Wyoming's high point. It was an uneventful day--just a long hike, but enjoyable.
Posted Apr 3, 2001 10:28 am

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