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Borah Peak questions

Postby Snackem » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:46 am

I've never ventured into that part of Idaho and I've only ever climbed Mt Adams in WA state before. I was hoping to get in one more non-technical trip this summer (I was looking at Hood but I think I've missed the season). From what I've read Borah seems to be a decent hike without any technical climbing. Is it climbable in late August/September still? Would you advise bringing Ice Axe? Crampons? Helmet? Any other recommendations anyone may have would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby Deltaoperator17 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:23 am

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Postby Alpinist » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:21 pm

Here's an update from my trip on July 14th. The upper trail should be clear of snow by Aug/Sept but an ice ax may still be a good idea for crossing the snow bridges.

As for technical climbing, Borah is only rated class 3. However, there were quite a few sections on COR that seemed more like class 4 to me. The climbing is easy but there is some real exposure. It is definitely more than "just a hike".
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Postby Snackem » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:24 pm

Where can I go to find an explanation of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 etc?
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Postby Deltaoperator17 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:38 pm

Snackem wrote:Where can I go to find an explanation of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 etc?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountainee ... _the_Hills
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Postby phillinley » Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:30 am

I was at Borah today. No need for an ice axe. Snow bridge is only about 2/3 of the span now. There are a couple of moves on COR that some might consider near class 4. The downclimb before the snow bridge is definitely one of them.
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Postby 96avs01 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:40 am

Never felt that COR was more than Class 3, YMMV
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