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Unger68Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009
Up in 5 hours on first attempt. Excellent mountain!
Posted Sep 19, 2009 11:55 pm

klimbienStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009


Awesome Climb, the pics on the net don't do it justice. My friend really wanted to go and my wife and I were reluctant. His enthusiasm was not containable and so we went and we were so pleasantly surprised! What an amazingly fun hike and truly beautiful. Do this hike, you'll remember it forever.
Posted Sep 14, 2009 8:17 pm

vanman798Via Chicken Out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009


Camped at the trailhead the night before. Up at 5:15 am, on the trail by 6:20 am. On the peak at 9:50 am. Hung out on top for about an hour eating and taking in the views. Down by 2 pm.
Posted Sep 8, 2009 11:00 am

rmick25First state high point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009


Besides some post holing on approach, a quick decent down a steep face because of lightning, losing trekking poles and wands, and my Sunto watch taking a turn for the worse. Had a fantastic climb!
Posted Aug 30, 2009 7:36 pm

Ammon HatchDidn't Chicken Out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2009

Ammon Hatch

Fun to get a peak away from my normal home ranges. Second State high point. Definitely steep, descent was a knee buster, but we took it really quickly.
Posted Aug 21, 2009 11:41 pm

KayCeesAwesome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009


Our first time on Borah and we were not dissapointed. Great hike and great views at the top.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 2:33 pm

WoundedKneeInteresting day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2009


Fun day out. Chicken out ridge wasn't really bad. To me the sketchiest part was the downclimb to the snowbridge.

SAR was called out while we were on the mountain. Another hiker made some very poor decisions and was benighted near the summit with just a t-shirt and jeans. Very disoriented the next morning.
Posted Aug 6, 2009 9:50 am

96avs01Great  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009


dayhike, and Chicken Out Ridge definitely thins out the masses! Pretty straightforward class 3 sections...provided you leave early enough to avoid getting stuck behind some people that get sketched out.
Posted Aug 3, 2009 12:20 am

calebEOCLightning!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2009


Truly unreal lightning storms the night prior while camping at the trailhead, lightning was striking all around the camping area at a rate of about one flash per second, I'd never seen anything like it in my life, there was certainly a mild sense of panic amongst campers that evening!

Woke up early the next morning and hit the trail at 4:30, summited around 8:00 and back down just as the lightning restarted around 11:30. I noticed in the two days I spent at the trailhead lots of people up on the high ridges during the lightning storms... madness!
Was snowed off this mountain sept 1st, 2008 at the 11.4K mark.
Posted Jul 27, 2009 4:00 pm

mrchad9Borah  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008


Sketchy crossing the snow couloir so early in the morning w/o axe or crampons... were first on the summit this day. Perfect weather and a great hike.
Posted Jul 7, 2009 1:48 pm

mtybumpoFinally!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009


After living in Idaho for most of my life I've finally climbed Borah. It took us 13 hours due to some snow obstacles that made us exercise our route finding skills through some scary terrain. The views were of course astounding. The pain in my legs after the climb was also astounding. What a great mountain!
Posted Jul 4, 2009 8:26 pm

TheRootsterA Fun Day Out  Sucess!


Solo via Chicken-Out Ridge, which didn't make me cluck or lay an egg. Nice views from the top...a good climb. I would say, however, that while Borah is higher, Leatherman Peak, a bit farther south, is much more formidable-looking, at least from the highway. Hope to get back there and try it some day.
Posted Jun 21, 2009 12:29 am

ivyonupSecond attempt  Sucess!


First attempt - we couldn't find the exact route and had to turn back. The second attempt - we found the route, and had a stunning path to the top. Worth the return trip to this area.
Posted May 4, 2009 10:53 am

junoiceclimberBorah's the Best  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 1996


Lifelong Pocatello resident and climber, JEREMY ZACCARDI, passed away in my arms on MT. RAINIER from a lethal asthma attack on July 12, 1996. Three months later, 13 friends and family members carried his ashes to the top of BORAH PEAK, the mtn he summited over ten times in every condition imaginable, despite his own preexisting condition. Over the years, I have climbed on Borah's NORTH FACE, NE RIDGE, NW RIDGE, and SW RIDGE, but none were ever as good as summiting Borah's dog route in 1995 with JACQUELINE HARVEY BRADISH(McCall), KEVIN JOHNSON (Anchorage), and my old best friend. I miss him dearly as does his hometown community. By the way, my dog, CERRO, went to the summit in my backpack the day we spread Jerry’s ashes. Climb in peace, ya'll!! We, too, must descend.
Posted Apr 13, 2009 5:47 pm

dervinKnee Breaker  Sucess!


I climbed this with my father. A worthy hike.
Posted Feb 12, 2009 11:35 pm

sassyplattStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 1999


Climbed it again with the two daughters in 2003. Great mountain but a little hard on the knees.
Posted Jan 24, 2009 6:48 pm

montanachrisTop of Idaho  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006


An amazing hike, probably the only one I've done that I'd say was difficult. Worth every ounce of pain and boy, did it make that Borah Peak Brown Ale one of the best beers I've ever had!! (Not sure about the exact date, so I guessed)
Posted Dec 15, 2008 6:25 pm

byatesUp in 2:45  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008


Up in 2hrs 45 min. chased down by Thunder storm in 2 hr 15 min. Rolled in early that Morn, summited at 8:45 but still not early enough.
Posted Dec 8, 2008 11:27 am

davidjhoopesSummer Snow  Sucess!


My wife Meg and I went up. Snow squalls hit as we broke tree line. We held up for a while and they slowed. We started up and the flakes continued on and off---made for a slick crossing of chicken out ridge. Beautiful place. I really loved it--the descent from summit made Meg nervous. Very warm day once we were back at trailhead.
Posted Nov 27, 2008 10:05 pm

EbozStandard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2008
I took a friend from out of town to hike Borah since the weather was forecast to be very nice over the next two or three days. The gorgeous weather was the best part about the hike and it was even warm at the summit this late in the year. We started at 8am as soon as we had sunlight and made it to the summit at about 1500. We took a lot of short breaks on the way up and spent even longer on the way down. Made it below the tree line before it got dark and then used our head lamps the rest of the way. No problems at all following the trail and there was only 6 to 12" of snow after chicken out ridge. There was a pretty eventful moment on our climb though, as my partner lost his glissade going across the snow bridge which is just below COR. He only slipped a few feet, but I could do nothing but watch and hope that he didn't accelerate down that slope any further. He was very calm and cool about it though, and got his ice axe out and picked his way back. The problem was that he tried to walk on the iced over snow without crampons and without kicking a footing. We both decided to continue, but think that a dynamic line and helmets would have been a good idea.
Posted Oct 27, 2008 1:35 am

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