Borah Peak Climber's Log

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awilsondc - Jul 6, 2006 12:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006

Route Climbed: Standard Trail  Sucess!

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.


zoink - Jun 27, 2006 3:51 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006

Have to get back to the area  Sucess!

Underestimated the mountain and a little out of shape but still a fun climb.

mad maximus

mad maximus - Jun 26, 2006 2:41 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2006

Great Climb  Sucess!

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!!


summitlovinaddict - Jun 19, 2006 2:56 am

Route 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.

Rocker Paully

Rocker Paully - Jun 14, 2006 11:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2000

Route: west side  Sucess!

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.


Tracy - Mar 31, 2006 9:49 am Date Climbed: Mar 9, 1985

Route climbed: standard winter climb (from the highway)  Sucess!

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.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 11, 2006 4:39 am

Solo  Sucess!

Up and down the Southwest Ridge in a little over 3 1/2 hours. A very interesting and beautiful mountain.

Scrambling Man

Scrambling Man - Feb 14, 2006 3:26 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2004

Idaho's Tallest  Sucess!

Climbed Borah on back-to-back days. Always a fun and challenging grind to the top. Also climbed the peak in August of 1999.

Snidely Whiplash

Snidely Whiplash - Feb 8, 2006 10:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2005

Route Climbed: Standard Route

A fun, easy climb and practically snowless, making the exit from Chicken-out Ridge very easy and not scary at all.


SawtoothSean - Dec 31, 2005 12:16 am

Route 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


kyledod - Nov 18, 2005 8:41 pm

Route 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.


rok_doc - Nov 18, 2005 10:47 am

Route 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!


dyscti - Oct 29, 2005 3:47 pm

Route 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.


leftfield - Sep 28, 2005 10:12 pm

Route 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.


Andinistaloco - Sep 23, 2005 8:18 pm

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

Fun climb and good views of the fault line below....


ren - Sep 17, 2005 5:49 am

Route 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.


Dean - Aug 20, 2005 5:51 pm

Route 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.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Aug 14, 2005 11:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 1990

Route Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Aug 12, 1990  Sucess!

My first of 3 summit trips prior to age 20 (none since though). Gotta get back... Here’s a trip-report and some photos.


desainme - Aug 7, 2005 9:17 am

Route Climbed: Southwest ridge Date Climbed: July 31, 2005

I drove down from Washington through Challis and Grand View Canyon on US 93 spotting this from the SP photos. After camping out, I started at 5:00 a.m. reaching 11,200 feet as it started to storm in the valley. I found hiking sticks to be quite useful on this mountain especially on the way down.


hkutuk - Aug 5, 2005 2:24 am

Route Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: August 3, 2005  Sucess!

Joined Steve W. on his quest to reach the Idaho state high point. As a hiker he wanted somebody with climbing experience along but there was hardly any climbing. I wish the Chicken-out ridge was longer to make things more interesting. It is mostly a hike and there is hardly any snow left. Broke my altitude record on this one.

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