Mount Borah - Idaho's Highest Mountain
The North Face of Mount Borah from Rock Creek
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Mountain Range: Lost River
First Ascent: T.M. Bannon (USGS Surveyor) in 1912
Alternative Names: Mount Borah, Beauty Peak
Fastest Ascent: Luke Nelson, October 22nd 2010 - Car to summit in 1:26:42 and roundtrip in 2:21:11
Southwest Ridge Mileage: 7 miles round trip
Southwest Ridge Elevation Gain: 5,500 feet
Southwest Ridge Class: 3
Click here for a topo map of Borah Peak, with the route drawn on it.
Here's a link to Borah Peak on a topo map.
Toilets: 1 (Careful here, there was no tp the last time I visited!)
Elevation: 7,200 feet
Season: May through November
July 15th - September 15th
2. Do I need an ice axe and crampons?
When climbing Borah during seasons other than those listed, yes. Even during the months listed, an axe may be required on the snow crossing. During my ascent, there was snow on the ridge crossing, but it was beaten down into a 3-4 foot wide, 3 foot deep trail... no risk during crossing at all.
3. I've heard so much about "Chicken Out Ridge", do you have any suggestions when climbing it?
I can't stress enough to stay on the ridge. Most people get in trouble by trying to bypass the ridge on one side or the other.
4. What kind of footwear will I need to wear?
I wore my full leather boots, which were very handy on the loose stuff, but I felt their weight at the end of the day. A friend of mine has climbed the peak in trail running shoes and had no problems.
Have a Borah Question, click on one of the links below to have it answered:
Idaho Outdoors Forum
716 W Custer
P.O. Box 507
Mackay, Idaho 83251
Phone: (208) 588-3400
Fax: (208) 588-2924
Photo credit: Me; Bob Boyles is credited with adding the routes - Click on image for full-size photo
Climbers on the north face of Borah Peak:
Photo credit: Dean Lords - Click on image for full-size photo
Here is a sign near Borah that explains the earthquake:
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Summary of Borah Quake
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