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DeanRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2005  Sucess!


I couldn't have asked for better weather, in fact it was perfect. Borah sits in a truly a beautiful setting and I found myself enjoying the views all day. The trail wastes no time in getting its elevation and chicken out ridge was kinda fun. Of course, I had the advantage of meeting "Bob" from Boise who had been up it before and knew the route up chicken out so I didn't have any guessing on the right way to go. He also took two novices under his wing and helped them not chicken out on chicken out ridge. (both grandmothers who just needed a coach).

Outstanding views from the summit and I found the worst part to be the part where the trail goes straight down through the trees for over two thousand feet. My trekking poles saved my butt many many times. Awesome mountain. I did Hyndman the previous week and felt Borah to be tougher.
Posted Aug 20, 2005 5:51 pm

Super DaveRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 12, 1990  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 1990

Super Dave

My first of 3 summit trips prior to age 20 (none since though). Gotta get back... Here’s a trip-report and some photos.
Posted Aug 14, 2005 11:10 pm

desainmeRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge Date Climbed: July 31, 2005


I drove down from Washington through Challis and Grand View Canyon on US 93 spotting this from the SP photos. After camping out, I started at 5:00 a.m. reaching 11,200 feet as it started to storm in the valley. I found hiking sticks to be quite useful on this mountain especially on the way down.
Posted Aug 7, 2005 9:17 am

hkutukRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: August 3, 2005  Sucess!


Joined Steve W. on his quest to reach the Idaho state high point. As a hiker he wanted somebody with climbing experience along but there was hardly any climbing. I wish the Chicken-out ridge was longer to make things more interesting. It is mostly a hike and there is hardly any snow left. Broke my altitude record on this one.
Posted Aug 5, 2005 2:24 am

mfox79Route Climbed: southwest ridge Date Climbed: july,30th,2005  Sucess!


Fun long climb. I started at 5:00 and summited at 11:00. decent exposeure but I still thought that chicken out ridge was not as bad as what I had herd. all and all it made for a long butt kicking day. also my first Idaho 12er. one down eight to go.
Posted Jul 30, 2005 10:58 pm

idahoclimber13Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: July 16 2005  Sucess!
What a great trip! It was my first time and I had a blast. We started early and made the summit in three hours forty five minutes. Great hike highly recommended
Posted Jul 17, 2005 11:50 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: standard route Date Climbed: June 23, 2005  Sucess!


This was probably the most exhilirating climb I have done so far. The late spring snows turned this into a long, sketchy traverse that almost took us 9 hrs to summit! An ice axe is critical with any hint of snow on COR. All easy routes below the ridge are wiped out when snow is present.
Posted Jun 28, 2005 1:40 am

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 21, 1997  Sucess!


We started early in the morning. The trail quickly gained elevation and by sunrise we were on the ridgetop. Chicken-out-ridge didn't seem that bad to me. We had the summit to ourselves.
Posted May 1, 2005 9:05 pm

punk_rocker333Route Climbed: Standard South West ridge Date Climbed: Last time was August 04  Sucess!


Climbed this peak 4 times. It is very crowded. Too many people from Boise are getting into this "mountain climbing" thing. Oh well.
Posted May 1, 2005 8:36 pm

Still TruckinRoute Climbed: Direct Southern Route Date Climbed: July 1986  Sucess!
Twelve out of thirteen attempts to the summit, all climbed between July '86 and June '89. All kinds of weather conditions, almost always windy. Didn't know about "Chicken out ridge" until I'd made the summit a half dozen time, still don't understand what the big deal is with that. P.S. Carry plenty of water, none along ascent route.
Posted Apr 19, 2005 4:13 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 1989  Sucess!
Climbing partner, Pete Simpson and myself

started about 8AM and finished around 4PM.

Bypassed Chicken Out Ridge by dropping down

onto north face of ridge and traversing to snow-

chute and climbing up to the gap. A long climb

upwards of almost 6000 feet! Great views from

the top.
Posted Apr 12, 2005 11:24 pm

mr kieranRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!
Climbed solo. Got to trailhead early evening and had an hour or so to myself before the hordes arrived. Left first thing in the morning and had the summit to myself for over an hour. Not difficult, but this beast will test your endurance for sure.
Posted Mar 19, 2005 6:17 pm

amcfarreRoute Climbed: chicken out ridge Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2002  Sucess!


Snow free climb in mid-August, 2002. The chicken-out ridge was an enjoyable exercise and I avoided the climber trails around some of the scrambles and stayed on the top of the ridge for the whole climb up after the notch. This provided some really nice views to the east, and more interesting climbing. I used the trails on the way back down from the summit and around point 11898.

Full report and photos
Posted Feb 17, 2005 10:39 am

csnafzgerRoute Climbed: main route Date Climbed: September 11, 2004  Sucess!


Clear, sunny, cool day. Rather crowded at the summitt, but all in all, a great way to spend a day.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 4:56 pm

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 12, 2000  Sucess!
Climbed in fog and snow.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:25 pm

brendonRoute Climbed: Uphill Date Climbed: Mid-Sept 1997  Sucess!


Climbed while still in high school as a Boy Scout. Good day, don't remember much.
Posted Dec 16, 2004 10:47 pm

garchovRoute Climbed: S.W. Ridge Date Climbed: August 18, 1996  Sucess!


After a failed attempt in 1994 due to following the wrong trail (a cattle trail) from the parking area, my 2 brothers and I (one from Ohio and I and the other from Boise at the time) decided to try again. This time we got an early start and on the right trail! We came upon a solo hiker at about the 9500 contour and invited him along with us. The going got easier above the tree line and the trail was obvious untill we got near "chicken out" where my youngest brother and I opted to go to the right of the ridgeline. The rock was much more stable there but with route finding and exposure. Upon reaching the crux and meeting up with the others we had to wait for a decending party to climb up. The climb down the crux was fairly easy and the the snow on the bridge was old and hard with a walkable trail worn into it. From here to the saddle below the summit block the wind was cold and howling but when we reached the summit it was amazingly calm and beautiful. We spent about 30 minutes on the summit signing the regester, taking pictures and video and just enjoying the view. On the descent we all took the north side of "chicken out" and I think it is much more rotten than the south. The hike down below the tree line was grueling on the knees and tricky footing in places but we made it back to our trucks near 9:00 pm. The climb totaled 12 hours. I plan on summiting Borah again in 2005 to take a new register befitting of the highest point in Idaho.
Posted Dec 16, 2004 10:18 am

craghagRoute Climbed: standard route Date Climbed: June 30, 2001  Sucess!


A challenging hump with some some scrambling and spectacular panoramas! I about chickened out on the ridge but in the end it was better than a roller coaster!
Posted Oct 7, 2004 11:15 am

Steve BallRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: October 2, 2004  Sucess!

Steve Ball

Arrived at the trailhead friday evening and found one car in the parking lot. I went about setting up camp and gathering firewood. At about 8:30 the owners of the car returned and drove off, I was alone. Woke up the next morning and started out at around 6am under the light of the moon. As I expected the trail started to climb right away and by about an hour later I was breaking through the tree line. I could see that there was quite a bit of snow along shicken out ridge and up to the summit but I pressed on. I made it to the start of the sirts scrabbling sections around 8:30am and because of the cold and lack of gloves I had to stop constantly to warm up my hands. Chicken out ridge was a difficult portion of the hike. The combination of cold, a lot of exposure, route finding, and icy hard packed snow made the going quite slow. After about an hour I made to just above the snow bridge and started looking for a spot to down climb. Going down this in the cold proved challenging but soon I was at the snow bridge and on my way again. There was a good trail through the snow over the bridge and that continued as a traverse just below the next hump in the trail towards the base of the summit. The traverse was all hardpacked snow and ice. An ice axe and crampons through this section would have made it a lot faster. After taking my time across the traverse I found my self at the base of the summit. The trail up was covered in hardpacked snow. After taking my time up through this section I made it to the top at around 11am. It had taken 5 hours to reach the top. The view from the summit was amazing. After spending half an hour on top I started to make my way down. The going was slow at first but thesnow was softening up and I was able to move a lot faster. I passed through chicken out ridge with no problem and soon was back on the trail again. I passed by a father and his two sons on their way up about 2 hours from the summit. It was aroun 1pm and asked them if they were going to the top and I told them about condition and then continued on my way. I moved quickly down the mountain and by three I was at the trailhead. 3 1/2 hours to come down and my feet were glad to see the car! Next stop craters of the moon. It was an amzing hike. With less snow it would have been a lot easier I think, but the snow just made it more interesting.
Posted Oct 5, 2004 5:00 pm

woodstriderRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: August 22, 2004  Sucess!


Well, after looking at maps and reading up about Borah Peak I have finally gone and done it!

I found that Chicken-out Ridge was a short section of yellow rock that had a path that was easy to follow. The 15-20 foot step, ditto. No ice or snow on the snow field.

I signed in on a scrap of paper found in an ammo can. How long have the antlers been there? Not great weather- but I didn't care- I came a long way (NYC) to climb this peak and I did!
Posted Sep 7, 2004 5:01 pm

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