Approached from Elkhorn Creek. The hike up the saddle wasn't bad. We stuck to the vegitation to the left and found the goat trail to the saddle. Getting around the pillars was tricky, but great scrambling. Hit a snow field for about 500 of the last 1000 ft. Made the summit in about 6hrs. Great views of Borah all day. I would rate this as my favorite 12er so far.
Climbed North face from pahsimeroi in May
I approached the mountain from Elkhorn Creek. It was a nice hike into the basin below the west face. The climb up to the saddle on the ridge was steep but the rock was better than I had experienced on other mountains in the range. The route had a little bit of everything. I can see why many people consider this their favorite 12er.
Approached from Cedar Creek from Borah trailhead. It is a better alternative to Elkhorn Creek. This canyon is seldom visited and very beautiful. I recomend this approach. Oh yeah, the climb was good too.
The weather in the LR area was very unstable this weekend. Driving up friday night, it was clear that there was new snow from the recent storms moving through the state, and there were random cloud burst on the way up the valley. We left the trailhead at 6:30 saturday morning (my buddy Brandon, Eric L and myself). We made good time, making Saddle in 3 hrs. It started snowing lightly around 8000 ft. The gully to the saddle was nice and consolidated. By the time we reached the saddle, it was snowing harder, and blowing. It was hard to tell the difference between snow and spindrift. Visibility continued to decrease to about 60 ft or so at the summit.
There was a lot of snow, and we stuck as close to the ridge as possible due to the wind loading. About 700 ft below the summit, Brandon started getting leg cramps. A gave him a gu pack and a potassium tablet, but he decided to wait for us back at our last rest stop. We had radios, so we kept in touch that way until we met up again on the way down. It took us another 3 hours from the saddle to get to the summit. Eric and I signed the summit log, snapped a couple of photos with the amo box (the only thing to see), and started to head down. Once we dropped below the saddle, it started easing up again. We arrived back at the trailhead at 4 pm under clear skies, but cold (9.5 hours total time). The storm was still over the peak. A great mountaineering challenge!
Great climb. Last one of Idaho's nine 12,000 ft. peaks. Guess it's time to start on the 11,000's.
My last 12er, summited with SP member jjust (also Jim's last 12er as well).
Cool scramble, with route-finding, scree sliding, ledges, and more...
This peak rocks! After a successful climb the day before on Donaldson it was time to tackle Idaho.
I soon found out the best way to climb this peak is to stick to the right hand side most of the way. From there was a nice scramble up to the saddle and a spectacular view of Borah Peak.
The final scramble proved to be just a rewarding and the views are incredible. Made the roundtrip in under 6 hours. 4 up, 2 down.
Stick to the scree field and you fly . . . .