June 18, 2011 - We badly underestimated conditions on this ascent. You know you're underprepared when you find yourself on steep snow wearing trailrunners. Visibility on the summit was zero. Summited in 4:11, and 7:06 roundtrip.
June 30, 2001 - A relatively short but steep hike on a perfect day in June. Treking poles really would have come in handy to save punishment to the knees on the descent. Biggest mistake of the hike was forgetting insect repellent, since the mosquitos were incredibly thick and ruthless. Other than that the hike wasn't too difficult. We were a little nervous about chicken-out ridge after reading a few of the scare-stories, but it turned out to be pretty tame - we weren't even certain we were on it until we reached the snowbridge and realized it was already over. The ridge has some exposure, but with any kind of scrambling experience most people should find it no big deal. Hiking times were 4h55m up and 3h45m down.
Mixed snow conditions. Very Windy and cold. Even got a little snow storm on the way back through COR just to make it interesting.
First climb was with Michael, Kimberly and Anne. We had a great time making our way across chicken out Ridge, wishing the fun would never end. We had a calm day and spent time on the summit reciting or rather, trying to recite poetry. Second successful summit on July 24, 2010 with Brent and Jans. American flag on top. Once again a great time had by all. #3 8-30-2013 Touched to have my son on this trip. This is his first Western State Highpoint. Hope we have many more together.
A memorable summer of 2000, ended with this climb of Borah via Chicken-Out Ridge after spending a week on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. My altitude record for 9 years until I climbed Mount Agassiz in the Sierra Nevada.
3rd time on the summit, poured the night before and in the morning but cleared up during the day.
Climbed with MontanaChris. Got a late start but still managed to make awesome time. Good weather, great views. The down climb towards the bottom is a thigh burner.
I tried this hike when I was in scouts. I was relatively inexperienced when I first tried this peak. Part of the group we were with left us at the treeline. I made it to the top of COR, but the smaller group that stayed with us decided to turn back, so we didin't summit. Every time I try to go back to do it again, something happens right before we leave and I can't make it to the mountain.
Define "successful." I hiked 1/3 of the way up this beautiful mountain on a clear, gorgeous day last July. I stopped because the thought "F*** this" came to my tired mind. So ... my friend and I hiked to a spot where we saw a great open view and dined on cheese, crackers, and cold water. What a great hike!
Perfect, cloudless day of summit. Camped near "treeline" and got a start at a comfortable hour for me. Fun scrambling, beautiful arid landscape.
This was our first 12'er. It was a great day with perfect weather.
I hope to never again climb this peak on a Saturday.
Have done Borah a few times and always have a great time!!
While spending my summer working for the Forest Service
Great climb in perfect fall conditions. Chicken Out Ridge was definitely the best part. Steep hike and the descent was a quad burner. Great views for miles around
Took a while but fun.
My son & I had just started to descend when we met a guy we had seen earlier on COR. We stopped and talked to him for about 10 minutes. He was dressed in jeans,tshirt and wore Timberline work boots. The rest of his party turned around on COR (after alot of arguing & swearing). He decided to proceed on his own. We met him around 2pm, and he still had about an hour to get to the top. I thought it was cool that a 70yr old, cancer survivor was hiking one the more challenging peaks I have done. We told him we would let his party know that he was doing well and that he expected to be down before sunset, which my son did. I was surprised when I read Woundedknee's log that SAR had to rescue him and so was my son when I told him. Hopefully the guy will tackle peaks like Mt. Sunflower in the future.
Great hike! COR is a lot of fun and really not that difficult. Climbed with climbinmandan and had a beautiful day at the summit.
This was my first major summit. Climbed with schlek and the downhill destroyed our knees.
First one to top out on a windy blue bird day. Left at 6:15AM and was on top in 3.5 hours. What's all the fuss about Chicken Out Ridge and the snow bridge? The advise I got from everyone was "just stay on top of the ridge", and that rings true. This was an enjoyable climb but the steep section down low just sucks. A shout out to my new friends from Flagstaff: Thanks for the beers!
This was my 199th named peak, but my 1st state high point. What an awesome mountain and great experience. Only bad part was on the way down there was a traffic jam at the snowbridge. The leader of a boy scout group didn't want to wait it out so he tried to run across the snowfield below the ridge top and about halfway across he lost his footing and started sliding. He slid and tumbled all the way to the bottom, last I heard he broke his leg or ankle and search and rescue were at the trailhead. Quite a few people watching from COR on their way up the mtn turned around after watching that, it was pretty freaky.