Borah took me by surprise, the way it stood 5-6 thousand feet over the valley below. I enjoyed the climb from a fitness standpoint. With such a good trail, you could push a good pace both up and down, and on the way down it was easier just to run than to attempt to slow down.
Woke up at at our camp just below th trailhead to 4 iches of fresh snow. Started later in the morning that we wanted to. Got about a mile from Chicken-Out-Ridge, and decided it best to turn around due to close-to-nothing visibility, continuous snow fall, and fading daylight. I'll be back
Climbed this large pile of rocks on Labor Day and had tons on company. It was calm, very hot, and fantastic. Enjoyed Chicken Out Ridge, although many turned back. Very tiring climb, definitely enjoyed the six pack after that one! Be Safe
I chickened out on Chicken-out Ridge, but the views were still fantastic!! Feel free to check out my pics and trail report on my website Natural Born Hikers-Borah Peak
Day trip up the Chick-out Ridge. Used this as a "training" climb for an upcoming trip to Gannett Peak in WY.
I made my 26th trip to the summit on Monday under perfect conditions. The W. Ridge, or standard route is completely dry and the smoke from the fires stayed south of the mountain for both days that we were there. For those contemplating the N. Face, the upper gully is completely dry so you might want to consider the 1 pitch N.E Ridge, the Direct, or the main gully finish.
I found a nearly new pair of men's N.Face hiking shoes on the table at the bottom. If you send me an e-mail I'll gladly ship these back to you.
Made the summit, very steep, looks like some fun rock to climb on the adjacent mountains.
Easy climb. First to the summit, counted 22 people on the mountain that day. Was number 7 of my 9 12ers. Nice to finally be on the top of Idaho. Chicken out ridge was pretty simple but fun.
Climbed via the standard route and Chicken Out (nice). This mtn. redefines class 3 as "boulder-hopping with consequences!" Good times.
We were the first up for the day, but on the way down once the crowds were streaming up the slope, there was lots of rockfall from the loose stuff on the trail. We assisted one hiker (another Vermonter coincidentally) whose face was pretty bloody from a direct hit on the head.
"Chicken Out Ridge" disappointed me. We waited 45 minutes to gain the entrance to the ridge due to a large bottleneck of people who were obviously contemplating chickening out. At this point we thought that the ridge must be pretty gnarly if all those people were backing off (they were not descending). Once we gained the entrance to the ridge, it was a piece of cake. Taking the trail on the north face of the ridge allowed us to bypass at least 20 people who were struggling on the south side. I'm still wondering what I got all psyched out about, hoping that it might be difficult, but I guess each person's level of comfort is different. 5.5 hours to the top (including that 45 minute wait at Chicken Out Ridge), 2 hours to get down. Great views, nice hike.
I made my 25th successful ascent this past August. 7 trips up the N. Face and 18 on the W. Ridge. Going for 30 if my knees last long enough. I find poles to be most useful for the descent.
A friend and I climbed the infamous "Chicken Out Ridge". Although neither of us had any true scrambling experience before, and we analyzed every available handhold/foothold in the rocks, we still successfully traversed the ridge and then the summit (and on our first attempt)! During our descent we gave advice & assistance to several ascending hikers, and, for me, the steep descent was great assisted by a hiking stick.
If someone tells you this climb is either not steep or doesn't involve scree, they're fibbing. But Chicken Out Ridge is nothing more than an open invitation to delightful ridge scrambling. Lana, Kim, Anne and I made it to the top in 3+36, not at all bad considering one of us was feeling under the weather.
I climbed this with my Dad to get in shape for my Rainier climb later in the year. We had a blue skies the entire day. My Dad chickend out on Chicken Out Ridge so I summied on my own. By the time I had made it back down to the ridge he had built up his strength so I summited again with him. We had a hellacious descent through the scree and an 7 hour drive back to Lewistion but the climb was well worth the effort.
Nice day, fun mountain. Going up Chicken Out Ridge and the summit made for great scrambling.
Almost gave up after seeing the last snowfield on the COR but we pushed on. This is a relentlessly steep bugger, so be warned! The COR is great fun and lots of scrambling.
Awesome Climb. Camped out at the trailhead and made the hike in the morning. We had to cross 3-4 snow bridges but had no problems. The weather was perfect outside and the views from the top were amazing.
The week before my brother got married we climbed Borah Peak. It was a great climb and a good way to get away from all the wedding stress. Also while we were there we got to enjoy the most intents lighting storm ever. It averaged 6 to 10 strikes per second for 4 hours.
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Great view of the valley below. Almost got nailed by a rock knocked loose by my dad. The trail gets right up the mountain and fast. Great hike and good weather. Climb down is painful. It was my first scrambling experience and I can't wait for more.