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BKiser90Eclipse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2017


Summitrd Borah using this route before the total solar eclipse. Not nearly as difficult as it is hyped up to be. If you have done any scrambling before, you'll be fine. The most difficult part for me was the last 1000 feet after Chicken Out. The whole route is quite the steep slog, though.
Posted Aug 22, 2017 12:43 am

asmrzSweet scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2016


My wife Penelope and I scrambled up the ridge August 01, 2016, Monday. We arrived at the TH on Sunday only to find 64 cars parked in space for 5 cars and decided to enjoy the day drinking wine and enjoying ourselves. Monday, the mountain was empty, well except for three people, two of which turned around at the base of the ridge. We thought this was a wonderful scramble up the highest point of Idaho. Unfortunately, there is a total lack of snow in the surrounding mountains, the peaks of The Lost River Range will need some successive heavy snow years to catch up.
Posted Nov 5, 2016 1:25 pm

alexghackettBorah Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2015
Started all the Idaho 12ers this day.
Posted Jul 27, 2016 6:45 pm

Rocky AlpsChicken-Out Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2015

Rocky Alps

Hiked up the standard route of Borah Peak in perfect weather, and didn't have to cross any snow. The scrambling along the ridge was solid and fun, and there were plenty of options to either stay on easy class 3 terrain or try something harder. The views near the top, especially of the other peaks to the south, were quite impressive. See "Roof of Idaho" trip report for details.
Posted Aug 5, 2015 2:57 am

montanajamesSnow in August  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014


It snowed on us the whole time we were on Chicken Out Ridge making for some slick surfaces. But we took our time, had fun, and made the top in about 6 hours.
Posted Sep 2, 2014 10:37 am

gimpilatorVery Scenic Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014


I can see why this route is popular. The scramble section was much easier than I anticipated except for the sections that were completely snow covered. We walked across one section which was an exposed knife-edge snow ridge.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 3:00 pm

Trailboss88fun hike/scamble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2013


I was the only climber to summit that day due to a few inches of snowfall making chicken out ridge slippery for the 8 novice climbers attempting. Cold, cloudy, and windy in the morning, but turned out to be a nice day in the afternoon. RT time 6.25 hours, with 1/2 hr. spent at the summit. Straightforward peak climb, easier than many Colorado 14ers.
Posted Sep 23, 2013 11:37 pm

kevinhansenCold but nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2005


I put together a group of folks from ISU OP to climb this route a few days before the official start of the Winter season. Everyone but Chad called and bailed out the night before we left. Valley temps were Minus 8 Degrees so we were thinking is was going to be like minus 25 degrees up at the tree line camp sites. We couldn't have been more wrong. An inversion gave us +25 degrees up on the ridge. The climb was great with blue bird skys.
Posted Mar 19, 2012 1:40 pm

blakemj33Saweeeet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2010


Fun climb and yes I'd have to agree that Chicken Out ridge is way overated.
Posted Dec 25, 2011 1:53 pm

GarfimiChicken-Out What?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011


Great route. Great hike. COR was fun. I really fun scramble. Don't believe all the hype.
Posted Oct 10, 2011 5:03 pm

reboyles28 and Counting  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011


I was reluctant to waste my remaining cartilage on another trip down Chicken Out Ridge but this year I was obligated to take my daughter to the summit before I finally shake off my obsession with this particular chunk of rock. I made my 28th trip to the summit on Sunday along with my daughter Anne and her best friend Kyndal. Good luck was with us on this trip because we had a very active upper atmosphere that produced a very spectacular show all weekend but completely missed Borah this time.

To those who diss off CO Ridge as overrated I should remind them that this route is by far the easiest way up or down the mountain. Outside of the dry season, this route can be quite technical in nature and in winter it's a whole different ball game in this mountain range.
Posted Aug 22, 2011 4:56 pm

asaking11Awesome Route!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2011


This route is a ton of fun. The exposure isn't too bad, and some snow in some sections makes this route a lot of fun. Short but steep.
Posted Jul 9, 2011 11:28 pm

SawtoothExplorerTons of snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011


Mixed snow conditions. Very windy and cold. Even got a little snow storm on the way back through COR just to make it interesting.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 4:45 pm

jamesmc2The Big Spud  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2010


This was my fourth idaho 12er since moving to Boise from Seattle this summer. Great views and a unique area of the state. Chicken Out Ridge had some nice exposure and was the highlight of the climb.
Posted Sep 30, 2010 5:41 pm

DougBentonSee my trip report!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2010


What a beautiful peak!! The rest is in my report!
Posted Jul 9, 2010 5:09 pm

reboyles27 Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2008


I made my 27th ascent with my neighbor Dave under near perfect conditions. That includes 6 ascents of the North Face and 21 times up CO Ridge. I've made 25 trips down CO Ridge, one down the North Face and a midnight descent of the West Face in winter. If my knees stay healthy, I'll go for 30. On my first trip up in 1973 there was only a rumor of a trail on the ridge. Not finding a trace of a trail, Carl and I used the steep gully to the right of what is now the main trail. We made it to the summit in under 3 hours and came back down by the same route. In the late 70s a climax avalanche roared down this gully snapping trees that were 6' in diameter and left a pile of debris nearly 100 feet deep until it melted away. The evidence of this slide is clearly visible to this day.

I never intended to climb Borah so many times nor do I care about any kind of record. Year-after-year my friends keep asking to go with them so how can I refuse a friend? Be aware though. Climbing Borah with a friend, relative or child just might create a bond that lasts a lifetime.
Posted Mar 1, 2010 10:36 am

byatesChicken out way overrated  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008


So this is it? a few slippery hand holds due to over use? On the other hand the thunderstorm was way scary, bolts flying all over the place on Chicken out on the way down at 9 to 9;30 am, I thought they were supposed to hold off till noon. Up in 2:45 down in 2;15 due to being chased by the lightning
Posted Jul 22, 2009 11:53 pm

Scott WesemannSaweeet ridge!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2002

Scott Wesemann

I have done COR twice and it is a fantastic ridge with fun exposure. I like to stay right on top of the ridge. There are excellent hand holds and as long as exposure doesn't bother you, you will be fine.
Posted Mar 19, 2009 12:20 pm

BCJLots of fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007


Great route and a lot more fun than I expected.
Posted Oct 4, 2008 3:37 pm

captainbuudaEasy climbing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2008


I summited this peak with my fellow crew mates of the Wildhorse Trail Crew. This route is mostly hiking; chicken out was fun and could've been made as hard as you wanted it to be, but there was always an easy way around everything that was never harder than class 2. It was a blast of course and getting down at sunset, just before an enormous thunderstorm added to the tremendous experience.
Posted Sep 18, 2008 7:07 am

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