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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

naderRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 1993


lots of snow, wind, cold, etc.
Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:49 pm

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

JoshRoute Climbed: Birch Spring Date Climbed: 9 June 2001  Sucess!


No snow to 10,000', then mixed rock and snow. My 5 yr old son and I stopped at the top end of chicken-out ridge. We weren't wearing gators and his feet got wet and cold. My wife continued on with some route-finding difficulty on the summit ridge to the top. Was glad to have her ice axe with, but the snow was soft. Nice views, good mild weather, but later in the season (without the snow) the trail above the snow colouir and above the saddle are easier than following ridgeline. 20 other people on the route that day.
Posted Jun 12, 2001 4:15 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

MicahRoute Climbed: The only way you really can Date Climbed: 7-31-93, 8-8-98, 8-5-00  Sucess!


I love to climb Borah. Its a tough hike but well worth it. Each time i climb it i do it faster and faster. Its not that tall but its a tough one. If you get a chance to climb borah, in the words of Tom Cruise "Go For It!"
Posted Apr 1, 2001 9:09 pm

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