Added this trip on to the tail end of a family reunion as I was in the area. Made it up in about 3.5 hours. There was one other large group that were belaying young ones through chicken out ridge and were looking to take all day if they did. Good thing the days are long this time of year. Some hard snow traverses after chicken out that will melt out in a week or so and were soft on the way back, but I used an ice ax on the way to the summit. Crystal clear day and could see several ranges away in all directions.
A fun, straightforward climb. Went with my sister who has very little backpacking experience and no climbing experience, and she powered through Chicken Out Ridge without any hesitation. Only two other people on the mountain that day and the weather conditions were perfect. The evening after our summit it snowed at the top, which I guess is to be expected in October. Car battery died and with no cell service or any other campers, we had to hike out to the highway early in the morning and hitch a ride into Challis with a truckdriver to find someone going back that way who could give us a jump. A good lesson to check to make sure all your doors are fully closed.
Great climb with my Dad. First major summit for me, and what fun it was. Started early, finished late, enjoyed all of it.
Kind of a slog, but I dug the views, even though they were mostly obscured by mountains in most directions(!)
Headed up there again real soon. Like this coming Friday.
Third time up this mountain, everytime I do it I tell myself this is the last time...great hike as always!!
poor air quality pretty sunrise
Lots of smoke the day I climbed, made for low visibility, and reduced oxygen. Great hike though, made it up in just over 6 hours.
When my friends and I arrived at the snow bridge, it was icy and frozen solid. I was the only member of my group that didn't bring anything I could self arrest with and, even though my friends made it across o.k., something just didn't feel right. I turned back. Beautiful day and great mountain, just a bummer I didn't summit. Still feel good about my decision though.
Fun Hike! Took us about 7 hours round trip! Kept waiting for "chicken out ridge" and realized, when we were about 30 mins from the top, that we had passed it much earlier... My friend's little dog made it too. Fun Fun!!
Terrific views!! Had some struggles on Chicken Out Ridge, but made it across. Very fun to be on the top of Idaho!
Hazy views from the Fires
Had a great solo experience! What a day!
A great day in the hills. It was pretty crowded but still a great climb.
I think I pretty much psyched myself out of this one before heading up, because it was a lot easier than I expected. Don't get me wrong, still quite a few challenges, but incredibly fun. Really great weather too. Unfortunately I found out too late that my camera was broken. Guess I'll have to do it again some time with a decent camera. State #16
Bluebird day with very little wind. Quite a steep hike, fun scrambling up higher if you stick to the ridgeline. 21st state highpoint.
I made my 29th ascent of Mt Borah on Wednesday by way of a new route that starts on the East Face and finishes on the Northeast Ridge route. 16 pitches of snow, rock, more snow and even a bit of WI2 water ice. One more? We'll see next year.
I climbed Borah Peak as a Boy Scout, now almost two decades later it's fun to recall parts of that climb. Chicken out ridge was longer with more scrambling than I remembered. The highlight of my first trip was the down climb and crossing the snow/ice glacier at the end of chicken out ridge. This trip my highlight was probably the magnificent view from the summit of the mountains to the east. Also the rush of being at 12,662 feet and breathing the thin air felt pretty cool.
I summited with my brother and my sister-in-law... who both had each made several attempts but not reached the summit.
So the hike was a repeat and a success.
We woke up early in the morning to find that 4-5 inches of fresh snow had fallen above about 10,000'. Quite a few people at the trailhead decided not to climb it that day because of that. We went ahead and started anyways.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect about COR, as I had read some people calling it class 4, while others saying 3. After a steep climb, we finally arrived at COR. It is not class 4, maybe class 3+. There was one move to make it to the permanent snow field that I might have considered class 4 though.
At this point the summit was visible, and even though there was the 4 inches of fresh snow, it wasn't too bad, and we made the summit at 11 in the morning. Beautiful day from the top of Idaho!
Made it to the top after resting and hydrating just before chicken out ridge. The group I was with went on with out me after my insistance. Later they were surprised to see me asending when they were returning from the sumit. I did a stupid thing. I left my treking poles near the base of chicken out ridge near where others had left their poles. When I returned from the summit, they were no where to be found. I was awfully walking down the mountain with out them.
2nd time successfully climbing Borah. Perfect weather all day. Such a beautiful mountain to have as our tallest!