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SagrawoRe: Truth about COR
I agree with mountainvlad. I thought the most dicey stretches of COR are at the transistion from the knife edge ridge and shortly before (on the way up) the snow ridge.

Summated Aug 16, 2011
Posted Aug 31, 2011 7:54 pm

JermoverRe: Truth about COR

Jermover

Sorry, but I have to clarify this a little. "Foot and hand holds are good and abundant" does mean that it is class three. The inability of a climber to negotiate or find those hand holds does not change the class. Having an "experienced friend" with you does not change climbing class either. It will only help you negotiate in the same way that a GPS will help you navigate. Better shoes will not change the length of a mile. "Vertigo" does not change class. Put a Class III ridge from Borah on a hill near Boise and it is still a class III ridge. I am not trying to tear apart your post, but to put class 4 and 5 on this WILL scare people off. The truth of the matter is that Chicken out ridge is about a class 3 scramble. Some people will negotiate it more easily than others depending on their experience and capabilities. This does not change the class. This is not a trail to the top of a hill, this is a climb. There is some risk and there is some exposure. People should not attempt it if they are not comfortable finding and using available hand and foot holds as that is what a class 3 is. I appreciate your post, but do not want people to be mislead. I have climbed Borah 3 times and had I read your post prior to my first attempt, I probably would not have gone even though I am completely capable. I do appreciate your advice to take someone along that is more experienced. Anyone can benefit from that.
Posted May 18, 2012 5:08 pm

mountainvladRe: Truth about COR
Sorry, but I have to disagree. This is how REI defines class 3: "Climbing steep a hillside, moderate exposure, a rope may be carried but not used, and hands are used in climbing. A short fall could be possible." And this is how they define class 4: "It is steeper yet, exposed and most people use a rope due to the potential of long falls.". Apparently, it is not the scarcity of the foot and hand holds that separates class 4 from class 3, rather long vs. short falls. And potential falls on COR are by any measure the long ones. More than once you are on your fingers and toes over couple hundred feet drop-off - that's class 4. Subway hike at Zion requires at least 3 rappels, and it's still class 3, because the drop-offs are no more than 10 feet, and a fall would result in no more than twisted ankle. And "vertigo" does change class for some - half dozen people died on "Angel's landing" hike, even though it's just class 2.
Posted Jun 11, 2012 7:53 pm

reboylesRe: Truth about COR

reboyles

I've been up Borah 29 times now and I have to agree, there are a couple of places where you could fall a hundred feet or more. In particular, the short hand/foot traverse from the "V" notch to the Tan Band is one of those places. Granted, you won't free fall 100 feet but you sure could take a nasty fall there.
Posted Jul 28, 2012 6:59 pm

Bark Eaterbeautiful, busy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2011

Bark Eater

Excellent day to summit with friend Dr. Steve. 100 mile visibility, summit temps. in the 50s, light winds. One of my more challenging day hikes. Must have met 100 people on the trail. Amazed and entertained to climb with Emma the dog (part mountain goat) to the summit. #26 HP.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 9:21 am

highlandvillagerGood times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2011

highlandvillager

We had excellent mountain conditions and perfect weather on the ascent. However, we stayed too long on the summit and had to hurry down the ridge below COR to reach tree line before a storm arrived. Back at the trail head, we celebrated summiting with the fresh brew we had picked up from Porneuf Valley Brewing on the drive from SLC. What a great day!
Posted Aug 20, 2011 3:27 pm

xpdaBorah Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2008

xpda

Nice Hike
Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:30 pm

Paul1NICE!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010

Paul1

Only ones above COR! Clouds were in and out but so was the sun!
Posted Aug 2, 2011 3:25 am

IagosGhostGreat but Tough  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2011

IagosGhost

Summitted on a beautiful clear and windless day! It was a tough climb for me, but it was worth the effort. It was high point #4 for me. We met another guy who climbed to the summit with us--it was his 44th HP.
Posted Jul 26, 2011 4:05 pm

BLongFun Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2011

BLong

I enjoyed scrambling up this peak on the drive from Portland to Denver. A great half day outing if you are in the area. I wish the 3rd class section was a bit longer. There was free camping at the trailhead.
Posted Jul 23, 2011 1:31 am

DrGranolaGreat Day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2011

DrGranola

A great climb! Chicken Out Ridge turned out to be really fun, and in my own opinion, was not hard or scary at all. In fact I tried to find the "hard way" up the ridge just to make it more interesting. The hard part for me was the knee crushing descent!

A beautiful day to stand on top of Idaho! Other then the super chilly wind, of course...
Posted Jul 22, 2011 2:31 pm

idpeakgirlRaining all day!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009

idpeakgirl

Hiked all but the last push to the summit when a cloudbank raced in and obscured everything from view and the rain worsened - had to turn back. Then halfway down, the sun came out, but too late to turn around. This peak can be done in the rain, but chicken out ridge was slippery, and you might have to turn back if the weather turns - which it did on my group. Super cool structural geology here!
Posted Jul 20, 2011 8:58 pm

kteichertHP #27  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2011

kteichert

Started at 5:30 am and went via the chicken out snow bridge route. Summitted in 2 1/2 hours. Was back at the car at 9:50 am. Not as hard as Granite, a couple days previous, but did get a thrill on chicken out ridge. Was impressed at how fast you gain elevation on this one.
Posted Jul 19, 2011 8:38 pm

triyodaMt. Borah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2011

triyoda

The sign at the trailhead says Mt. Borah. Took about 7 hours roundtrip. Chicken out ridge is longer than it looks, but not too hard. Descending the steep approach trail was the crux for me. Some of the best views on any summit. Looks like lots of challenging peaks in the Lost River area.
Posted Jul 17, 2011 10:50 pm

zoomlocoideal  Sucess!

zoomloco

to me this is the ideal hiking peak. enough scrambling and elevation gain to make it interesting and a cool summit pyramid. aug 2008.
Posted Jul 16, 2011 5:29 pm

seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2011

seano

2h49 to the summit (hoping for sub-2:30 for such a direct trail...). Lots of talus, but great views. Trip report
Posted Jul 11, 2011 4:20 pm

voxnihiliBeautiful Day Above Idaho  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2011

voxnihili

Chicken Out Ridge was fun (as long as I didn't look down too much).

Above the standard snow on the ridgeline (past COR) there were a couple snow drifts on the trail. You could skirt around them or use an ice axe, although earlier in the day the ice was frozen very solid so my axe wasn't much more than a walking stick on the way up.

There were a couple of times during the last scramble (up and down) where I thought a helmet might be a good idea. Lots of loose rocks and exposure.

A quick side note: I was on COR before I realized that I had left my food in the car. If the gentleman that hooked me up with a snack on the summit reads this: thank you again!
Posted Jul 10, 2011 9:58 pm

asaking11Top of Idaho  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2011

asaking11

Great hike with beautiful views on a beautiful day. The "chicken out ridge" really isn't that bad. There was still some snow on the route, and an ice axe came in handy in a spot or two.
Posted Jul 9, 2011 10:39 pm

Joseph BulloughTwo ascents  Sucess!

Joseph Bullough

June 18, 2011 - We badly underestimated conditions on this ascent. You know you're underprepared when you find yourself on steep snow wearing trailrunners. Visibility on the summit was zero. Summited in 4:11, and 7:06 roundtrip.

June 30, 2001 - A relatively short but steep hike on a perfect day in June. Treking poles really would have come in handy to save punishment to the knees on the descent. Biggest mistake of the hike was forgetting insect repellent, since the mosquitos were incredibly thick and ruthless. Other than that the hike wasn't too difficult. We were a little nervous about chicken-out ridge after reading a few of the scare-stories, but it turned out to be pretty tame - we weren't even certain we were on it until we reached the snowbridge and realized it was already over. The ridge has some exposure, but with any kind of scrambling experience most people should find it no big deal. Hiking times were 4h55m up and 3h45m down.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 8:39 am

SawtoothExplorerStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011

SawtoothExplorer

Mixed snow conditions. Very Windy and cold. Even got a little snow storm on the way back through COR just to make it interesting.
Posted Jun 19, 2011 2:31 pm

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