My 9-year old son and I started for the top at 5:30am and made the summit (after he did a lot of coaxing to get me across Chicken Out Ridge) at 12:45pm. I was told I could not come home without him alive. He was a real trooper. We spent 45 minutes at the top on a cool clear day. We made it back to the trailhead at 5:45pm. The downhill about did us both in, but he loved the climb and now wants to do more. My wife said she gets to go next year.
A great hike with my wife on our 6th Anniversary. No snow anywhere, just many, many people on a beautiful Labor Day weekend. We started out with a flat tire in Mackay, started hiking at 11 and finished at 6 with an hour on top. A great day to lounge on the summit.
Clear skies and chilly morning breezes made this steep climb a great morning wake-up. The trail was a highway of hikers all the way to the top, but they fizzled out on the way back. Flag at the top - a good photo opt. Chicken-Out Ridge clear with many options. Not too bad.
Vanessa and I did this on the second anniversary of our highpoints quest. We were mid-week (spending time at Sun Valley) and didn't see a soul. Very reasonable scramble, no reason to be intimidated, just take your time. It was number 31 of my 49 state high points, and number 30 for Vanessa.
Warm up climb before getting back out to the Tetons. Left trail after chicken out to climb up the ridge.
My second attempt, this time it was fast and fun. Up in 3 hours and back down in 3. Not much snow on the ridge. Left early and avoided most of the other people on the way up.
Tough steep dayhike. I know why they call it Chicken Out Ridge now. I saw a guy "chicken out". The snow bridge was about 70 ft across.
Hard but fun, took two days and camped above the tree line.
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I agree with the murder on the knee's comment! Getting Down is almost worse that Climbing up!
Trail doesnt mess around. Pretty steep but the altitude is not as problematic as many Colorado mountains. The first part of Chicken Out Ridge is fun scrambling without too much exposure and lots of possible variations. The last part of the ridge involves a downclimb that is intimidating from above as it is hard to see the footholds (climbing up it on the way back is no problem)- usually there is snow in the col but by late summer it was snow free. Anyway, if there is no snow in the gully it is quite simple to drop down 70 or 80 feet off the north side of the ridge and walk up this gully and avoid the semi-nasty down climb. In any event, the rest of the climb is straightforward and there are great views from the top.
This is a steep climb. The down climb is murder on the knees.
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.
Underestimated the mountain and a little out of shape but still a fun climb.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Up and down the Southwest Ridge in a little over 3 1/2 hours. A very interesting and beautiful mountain.
Climbed Borah on back-to-back days. Always a fun and challenging grind to the top. Also climbed the peak in August of 1999.
A fun, easy climb and practically snowless, making the exit from Chicken-out Ridge very easy and not scary at all.
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