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IdaClimberRoute same as everyone else.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2006
This is a steep climb. The down climb is murder on the knees.
Posted Jul 10, 2006 9:27 pm

awilsondcRoute Climbed: Standard Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006


I finally decided to bag Idaho's highest mountain, and did it on the tail end of a 4 day trip. I camped at the trail head and got of to a late start in the morning (6:45). The trail was just as steep as everyone had said, but I was feeling really good and wanted to do the whole thing with out stopping. After almost an hour of tredging up steep dirt, I was ready for a break until I caught sight of the other group who had camped at the TH with me and got off to an earlier start. This was some good motivation, and I caught up with them fairly quickly, at the point where the trail gains the first ridge and mellows out for a bit. I continued to keep the legs moving and made it past COR to the snow bridge, which was very icy and dangerous, but with good boot prints to step securely in. I didn't see the trail skirting around to the left below the snow bridge, so I ended up scrambling up to the 11898 point. It was here I gave up on going non-stop, and stopped for a minute or two so I could add a layer of clothing. From here I continued to hug the ridge and scrambled it up to the summit... much more enjoyable than following the trail of scree and loose dirt. Great views from the summit which I had all to myself! After a half hour plus of enjoying my surroundings, I headed back to the car. I think the trail was actually worse on the way down... very hard on the knees. I made it back to the TH at 12:23 - a little more than 5 1/2 hours car to car.
Posted Jul 6, 2006 12:52 am

zoinkHave to get back to the area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006


Underestimated the mountain and a little out of shape but still a fun climb.
Posted Jun 27, 2006 3:51 am

mad maximusGreat Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2006

mad maximus

Great climb. The climb seemed much longer than the route is listed as. Fun exposure on COR and great views. We spent the night at 10k near the bivy site and made a run up and all the way back down on day two. Great fun!!
Posted Jun 26, 2006 2:41 pm

summitlovinaddictRoute Climbed: Standard Route Climbed August 25, 2002


What a mountain! Good exposure, but not that bad. Busy Mtn, but it is Idaho's tallest. Start early and don't get caught in a storm.
Posted Jun 19, 2006 2:56 am

Rocker PaullyRoute: west side  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2000

Rocker Paully

Climbed it with my dad when I was 13. First time ever scrambling for me. My mom and sister chickened out halfway through Chicken Out ridge.
Posted Jun 14, 2006 11:43 pm

splattskiSW ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2003


This was my 7th or 8th trip to the top, but my 10-year-old daughter's first. She's pretty tough, but her feet were killing her when we got back to the car.

My web site has a story about Jasmine's climb of Borah Peak
Posted Apr 6, 2006 3:26 am

TracyRoute climbed: standard winter climb (from the highway)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 9, 1985


Great winter climbing conditions. Had to hike in from the main highway. Planned to camp one night under an almost full moon. Ended up spending a tired, cold, and hungry 2nd night also. It was worth it though. I found a deputy sheriff's business card on my windshield when I got back to my car. A note asked us (Jon Tanner and I) to make a call so that he could cancel the search and rescue party that was being organized.
Posted Mar 31, 2006 9:49 am

Mountain JimSolo  Sucess!

Mountain Jim

Up and down the Southwest Ridge in a little over 3 1/2 hours. A very interesting and beautiful mountain.
Posted Mar 11, 2006 4:39 am

Scrambling ManIdaho's Tallest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2004

Scrambling Man

Climbed Borah on back-to-back days. Always a fun and challenging grind to the top. Also climbed the peak in August of 1999.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 3:26 am

Snidely WhiplashRoute Climbed: Standard Route
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2005

Snidely Whiplash

A fun, easy climb and practically snowless, making the exit from Chicken-out Ridge very easy and not scary at all.
Posted Feb 8, 2006 10:48 pm

SawtoothSeanRoute Climbed: Southwest- run Date Climbed: August 28, 1998  Sucess!


One of my first mountain runs- I was able to keep a run for about 75% of the time. It was steep, but direct and fairly quick. There was a skiff of snow above Chicken Out and I was back to the car in 3 hrs 45 minutes
Posted Dec 31, 2005 12:16 am

kyledodRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 2005  Sucess!


Climbed Borah on our way back to Missoula, MT from the Wind River Range. The day began overcast and smoky from nearby wildfires, but by the time we reached the summit had cleared considerably.
Posted Nov 18, 2005 8:41 pm

rok_docRoute Climbed: Southwest Date Climbed: September 21  Sucess!


My 8th trip to the summit of Borah. It was a little chilly on top, but a great day!
Posted Nov 18, 2005 10:47 am

dysctiRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: August 23rd, 2005  Sucess!


First state highpoint for me and an awesome hike. Only saw 2 other people up there the whole day and perfect weather.
Posted Oct 29, 2005 3:47 pm

leftfieldRoute Climbed: Standard trail Date Climbed: August 28, 2005  Sucess!


I'd climbed it in 1992 but went back with my brother so he could claim it as a highpoint. Beautiful day. 15 folks on the mountain including 9 on top. Didn't realize exactly where Chicken Out Ridge was until we got off it. No big deal. Semi-exposed 3rd class. This one gets old as you're getting down off it - that i remember from '92.
Posted Sep 28, 2005 10:12 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: summer '97?  Sucess!


Fun climb and good views of the fault line below....
Posted Sep 23, 2005 8:18 pm

renRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: Sept. 12, '05  Sucess!


6 hours to summit after a long drive from Seattle the day before. Had a little trouble acclimating. Love this area.
Posted Sep 17, 2005 5:49 am

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

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