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PropsGreat Peak
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Props

When my friends and I arrived at the snow bridge, it was icy and frozen solid. I was the only member of my group that didn't bring anything I could self arrest with and, even though my friends made it across o.k., something just didn't feel right. I turned back. Beautiful day and great mountain, just a bummer I didn't summit. Still feel good about my decision though.
Posted Oct 1, 2012 9:07 am

dstevenson0204State HP #5  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2012

dstevenson0204

Fun Hike! Took us about 7 hours round trip! Kept waiting for "chicken out ridge" and realized, when we were about 30 mins from the top, that we had passed it much earlier... My friend's little dog made it too. Fun Fun!!
Posted Sep 27, 2012 12:24 pm

joshuarayBorah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011
Terrific views!! Had some struggles on Chicken Out Ridge, but made it across. Very fun to be on the top of Idaho!
Posted Sep 4, 2012 12:06 am

BrianChaseFun Route  Sucess!

BrianChase

Hazy views from the Fires
Posted Aug 27, 2012 2:52 pm

DougBentonWonderful hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2010

DougBenton

Had a great solo experience! What a day!
Posted Aug 12, 2012 10:07 pm

ALM4400Borahpalooza!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012
A great day in the hills. It was pretty crowded but still a great climb.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 1:50 am

joseyinnetNot nearly as hard as expected  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012

joseyinnet

I think I pretty much psyched myself out of this one before heading up, because it was a lot easier than I expected. Don't get me wrong, still quite a few challenges, but incredibly fun. Really great weather too. Unfortunately I found out too late that my camera was broken. Guess I'll have to do it again some time with a decent camera. State #16
Posted Aug 1, 2012 11:52 pm

McCannster#21  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2012

McCannster

Bluebird day with very little wind. Quite a steep hike, fun scrambling up higher if you stick to the ridgeline. 21st state highpoint.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 10:01 pm

reboyles29 was just fine  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2012

reboyles

I made my 29th ascent of Mt Borah on Wednesday by way of a new route that starts on the East Face and finishes on the Northeast Ridge route. 16 pitches of snow, rock, more snow and even a bit of WI2 water ice. One more? We'll see next year.
Posted Jul 28, 2012 7:03 pm

ScottNRepeat - Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

ScottN

I climbed Borah Peak as a Boy Scout, now almost two decades later it's fun to recall parts of that climb. Chicken out ridge was longer with more scrambling than I remembered. The highlight of my first trip was the down climb and crossing the snow/ice glacier at the end of chicken out ridge. This trip my highlight was probably the magnificent view from the summit of the mountains to the east. Also the rush of being at 12,662 feet and breathing the thin air felt pretty cool.
I summited with my brother and my sister-in-law... who both had each made several attempts but not reached the summit.
So the hike was a repeat and a success.
Posted Jul 18, 2012 3:32 am

drootFresh snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2011

droot

We woke up early in the morning to find that 4-5 inches of fresh snow had fallen above about 10,000'. Quite a few people at the trailhead decided not to climb it that day because of that. We went ahead and started anyways.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect about COR, as I had read some people calling it class 4, while others saying 3. After a steep climb, we finally arrived at COR. It is not class 4, maybe class 3+. There was one move to make it to the permanent snow field that I might have considered class 4 though.

At this point the summit was visible, and even though there was the 4 inches of fresh snow, it wasn't too bad, and we made the summit at 11 in the morning. Beautiful day from the top of Idaho!
Posted Jul 3, 2012 11:42 am

RonGeorge4Borah Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2010
Made it to the top after resting and hydrating just before chicken out ridge. The group I was with went on with out me after my insistance. Later they were surprised to see me asending when they were returning from the sumit. I did a stupid thing. I left my treking poles near the base of chicken out ridge near where others had left their poles. When I returned from the summit, they were no where to be found. I was awfully walking down the mountain with out them.
Posted May 28, 2012 1:56 pm

IdahoDaisySummit #2 of Borah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011

IdahoDaisy

2nd time successfully climbing Borah. Perfect weather all day. Such a beautiful mountain to have as our tallest!
Posted Apr 7, 2012 12:02 pm

VndlClmbrCOR  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011

VndlClmbr

Summited, with a gentleman from the east coast, was a great trip up, boots sucked on the way down
Posted Apr 3, 2012 1:54 am

markthejockSW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2010

markthejock

Thought we had better bag the highest in the state before heading back to the UK after enjoying a great couple of weeks in the Sawtooths.
Posted Feb 18, 2012 7:42 am

kevinhansenClassic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2001

kevinhansen

My fastest time car to summit to car was 5 hours 30 minutes.
Posted Dec 25, 2011 9:17 pm

DarrenKnezekAnother State Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2011
Did this on the way home from doing Rainier for the 4th time and Hood. Fun climb only took half a day!
Posted Nov 17, 2011 9:29 pm

GarfimiStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011

Garfimi

What a fun scramble! Drove up from Utah and camped at the trailhead on Friday. Got an early start just before 5 am the next morning and was to the top just before 9 am. The hike up to the peak is steep and my headlamp was dying on me. When I got above the tree line to the ridge the sun's light was just coming up. I could see Borah's outline. COR was fun. At first I didn't realize that I was on it. The rock is solid on COR and I didn't feel that the exposure was that bad. The crux right before the snow bridge was the only real issue I had, but all I had to do was face the rock and climb down. Good hand and foot holds. The snow was melted at the bridge and I crossed snow free. From there the trail wrapped around to the open saddle and I could view the final steep section to the top of Idaho. I stopped following the trail about midway to the top and went straight for the top of the ridge and from there I went to the top. With my early start and not taking a break until I got to the top I had the peak to myself. It was a beautiful morning! Called my wife at the top and took pictures. I followed the trail back down to the saddle and then back to COR. Passed a ton of people and was glad that I got up so early. I found the scramble heading down on COR was more enjoyable, maybe it was the fact that I could see the whole ridge this time. Made it to the tree line in shortly after I was off COR. By this time I knew my knees would be screaming and I slowed my pace. Being in the dark coming up, the trail didn’t seem that steep, but coming down I was praying for any type of relief for my knees. This last section of the trail seemed to never end and when I could see my car at the trailhead I was so glad to be done. From the time I spent at the top to coming down it took me about 3 ½ hours. I stopped and talked to almost everyone coming up. It seemed like I wasn’t the only one that this was the first time doing Borah. Overall this was one of the best peaks I have done. Very steep, lung buster, fun with a nice challenge at Chicken Out Ridge. It was a great weekend.
Posted Sep 12, 2011 12:22 pm

mountainvladTruth about COR  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011
This is a great climb for a good hiker that wants more challenge. But let me set the Chickenout ridge thing straight: it's not a "class 3" scramble, but rather a solid class 4 that can easily turn into class 5, once you make a wrong move. Once you cross a V-notch threshold, the exposure is constant, with just a short break on the trail along the tan band. True, the foot- hand-holds are good and abundant. Problem is, a mere mortal non-climber doesn't see them, until someone with more experience points them. Yes, if you have an experienced friend with you, or someone on the mountain to show you the way, this may turn into "class 3 scramble"... only if you don't look down. Give me a break, class 3 assumes "occasional exposure", not "constant exposure on both sides for 300 yards".This is by no means to scare you away, just don't be mislead by many reports like "COR was fun and easy... don't know what all fuss about..." There are climbers, and there are hikers, and there are people with vertigo problems. They all can climb this beautiful mountain, just need to take it more seriously to avoid chickening out. If you need experienced friend - take him. If you feel that you need a rope - take it, and don't feel ashamed thinking that thousands people climb exposed ridges without it and you need one. More practical advice for beginners. Sugar-up before COR with caffeine. You are not hungry at high altitude, however, you need energy, and caffeine helps AMS. Trim you toenails short, this will help to avoid black toenails on the way down. If you come from sea level, spend a weak at Yellowstone (at over 8000 feet) first. If you got a really bad headache, take advil and rush down. Do not try to sleep on the mountain with bad case of AMS (like some people did!), it will get worse and may turn dangerous. Have fun, like I did!
Posted Aug 22, 2011 8:02 pm

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

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