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Ascent of Borah Peak on 2010-08-14

Climber: Lane Erickson

Date:Saturday, August 14, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Borah Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:12662 ft / 3859 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my third trip climbing Borah. A friend of mine and I took our daughters, mine: 15 and 11, and his: 12. We took our time and had no trouble climbing Borah. The girls loved Chicken Out Ridge, including the 30' to 40' snow bridge crossing.

We climbed the day the Scout Leader from the Boise area fell on the snow field and tumbled to the rocks and was injured. We didn't see it happen but heard about it as we talked to other climbers that day.

Every trip to Borah has been an adventure and this was no exception! Since we were sick of eating granola bars we got a full sized pizza at home, froze it and took it with us on the hike. It made for a great lunch!

No special gear is needed, despite what you might read about ice axes and crampons. Save the weight in your pack for fun stuff like pizza. I would recommend leather gloves as your hands will be on the rocks once you read Chicken Out Ridge and when you make your final ascent to the summit. Otherwise, regular, good, hiking gear is all you need.

We started the hike at about 5:00 am and were back to the car by 5:00 pm. We took it real easy on this trip so it would be fun for our daughters, who have all said they'd go again. Looks like this might become a family tradition.

I've heard the class rating for Borah is a 3 to 3.5. There is open and exposed scrambling but nothing I was nervous about having my daughters invovled with.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear



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