Borah Peak Climber's Log

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Unger68 - Sep 19, 2009 11:55 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2009

Summit  Sucess!

Up in 5 hours on first attempt. Excellent mountain!

klimbien

klimbien - Sep 14, 2009 8:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2009

Standard route  Sucess!

Awesome Climb, the pics on the net don't do it justice. My friend really wanted to go and my wife and I were reluctant. His enthusiasm was not containable and so we went and we were so pleasantly surprised! What an amazingly fun hike and truly beautiful. Do this hike, you'll remember it forever.

vanman798

vanman798 - Sep 8, 2009 11:00 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

Via Chicken Out  Sucess!

Camped at the trailhead the night before. Up at 5:15 am, on the trail by 6:20 am. On the peak at 9:50 am. Hung out on top for about an hour eating and taking in the views. Down by 2 pm.

rmick25

rmick25 - Aug 30, 2009 7:36 pm Date Climbed: May 23, 2009

First state high point  Sucess!

Besides some post holing on approach, a quick decent down a steep face because of lightning, losing trekking poles and wands, and my Sunto watch taking a turn for the worse. Had a fantastic climb!

Ammon Hatch

Ammon Hatch - Aug 21, 2009 11:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2009

Didn't Chicken Out  Sucess!

Fun to get a peak away from my normal home ranges. Second State high point. Definitely steep, descent was a knee buster, but we took it really quickly.

KayCees

KayCees - Aug 10, 2009 2:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009

Awesome  Sucess!

Our first time on Borah and we were not dissapointed. Great hike and great views at the top.

WoundedKnee

WoundedKnee - Aug 6, 2009 9:50 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2009

Interesting day  Sucess!

Fun day out. Chicken out ridge wasn't really bad. To me the sketchiest part was the downclimb to the snowbridge.

SAR was called out while we were on the mountain. Another hiker made some very poor decisions and was benighted near the summit with just a t-shirt and jeans. Very disoriented the next morning.

96avs01

96avs01 - Aug 3, 2009 12:20 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009

Great  Sucess!

dayhike, and Chicken Out Ridge definitely thins out the masses! Pretty straightforward class 3 sections...provided you leave early enough to avoid getting stuck behind some people that get sketched out.

calebEOC

calebEOC - Jul 27, 2009 4:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2009

Lightning!  Sucess!

Truly unreal lightning storms the night prior while camping at the trailhead, lightning was striking all around the camping area at a rate of about one flash per second, I'd never seen anything like it in my life, there was certainly a mild sense of panic amongst campers that evening!

Woke up early the next morning and hit the trail at 4:30, summited around 8:00 and back down just as the lightning restarted around 11:30. I noticed in the two days I spent at the trailhead lots of people up on the high ridges during the lightning storms... madness!
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Was snowed off this mountain sept 1st, 2008 at the 11.4K mark.

mrchad9

mrchad9 - Jul 7, 2009 1:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008

Borah  Sucess!

Sketchy crossing the snow couloir so early in the morning w/o axe or crampons... were first on the summit this day. Perfect weather and a great hike.

mtybumpo

mtybumpo - Jul 4, 2009 8:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009

Finally!  Sucess!

After living in Idaho for most of my life I've finally climbed Borah. It took us 13 hours due to some snow obstacles that made us exercise our route finding skills through some scary terrain. The views were of course astounding. The pain in my legs after the climb was also astounding. What a great mountain!

TheRootster

TheRootster - Jun 21, 2009 12:29 am

A Fun Day Out  Sucess!

Solo via Chicken-Out Ridge, which didn't make me cluck or lay an egg. Nice views from the top...a good climb. I would say, however, that while Borah is higher, Leatherman Peak, a bit farther south, is much more formidable-looking, at least from the highway. Hope to get back there and try it some day.

ivyonup

ivyonup - May 4, 2009 10:53 am

Second attempt  Sucess!

First attempt - we couldn't find the exact route and had to turn back. The second attempt - we found the route, and had a stunning path to the top. Worth the return trip to this area.

junoiceclimber

junoiceclimber - Apr 13, 2009 5:47 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 1996

Borah's the Best  Sucess!

Lifelong Pocatello resident and climber, JEREMY ZACCARDI, passed away in my arms on MT. RAINIER from a lethal asthma attack on July 12, 1996. Three months later, 13 friends and family members carried his ashes to the top of BORAH PEAK, the mtn he summited over ten times in every condition imaginable, despite his own preexisting condition. Over the years, I have climbed on Borah's NORTH FACE, NE RIDGE, NW RIDGE, and SW RIDGE, but none were ever as good as summiting Borah's dog route in 1995 with JACQUELINE HARVEY BRADISH(McCall), KEVIN JOHNSON (Anchorage), and my old best friend. I miss him dearly as does his hometown community. By the way, my dog, CERRO, went to the summit in my backpack the day we spread Jerry’s ashes. Climb in peace, ya'll!! We, too, must descend.

dervin

dervin - Feb 12, 2009 11:35 pm

Knee Breaker  Sucess!

I climbed this with my father. A worthy hike.

sassyplatt

sassyplatt - Jan 24, 2009 6:48 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 1999

Standard route  Sucess!

Climbed it again with the two daughters in 2003. Great mountain but a little hard on the knees.

montanachris

montanachris - Dec 15, 2008 6:25 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

Top of Idaho  Sucess!

An amazing hike, probably the only one I've done that I'd say was difficult. Worth every ounce of pain and boy, did it make that Borah Peak Brown Ale one of the best beers I've ever had!! (Not sure about the exact date, so I guessed)

byates

byates - Dec 8, 2008 11:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

Up in 2:45  Sucess!

Up in 2hrs 45 min. chased down by Thunder storm in 2 hr 15 min. Rolled in early that Morn, summited at 8:45 but still not early enough.

davidjhoopes

davidjhoopes - Nov 27, 2008 10:05 pm

Summer Snow  Sucess!

My wife Meg and I went up. Snow squalls hit as we broke tree line. We held up for a while and they slowed. We started up and the flakes continued on and off---made for a slick crossing of chicken out ridge. Beautiful place. I really loved it--the descent from summit made Meg nervous. Very warm day once we were back at trailhead.

Eboz - Oct 27, 2008 1:35 am Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2008

Standard  Sucess!

I took a friend from out of town to hike Borah since the weather was forecast to be very nice over the next two or three days. The gorgeous weather was the best part about the hike and it was even warm at the summit this late in the year. We started at 8am as soon as we had sunlight and made it to the summit at about 1500. We took a lot of short breaks on the way up and spent even longer on the way down. Made it below the tree line before it got dark and then used our head lamps the rest of the way. No problems at all following the trail and there was only 6 to 12" of snow after chicken out ridge. There was a pretty eventful moment on our climb though, as my partner lost his glissade going across the snow bridge which is just below COR. He only slipped a few feet, but I could do nothing but watch and hope that he didn't accelerate down that slope any further. He was very calm and cool about it though, and got his ice axe out and picked his way back. The problem was that he tried to walk on the iced over snow without crampons and without kicking a footing. We both decided to continue, but think that a dynamic line and helmets would have been a good idea.

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