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Ascent of Borah Peak on 2013-07-15

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Monday, July 15, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Borah Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:12662 ft / 3859 m

Ascent Trip Report

Th 0612, summit 0915-45, th 1206

After our Diamond Peak ascent we drove round, got dinner in Arco (Pickles Place seems the best around) then drove to camp at trailhead (turn E off 93, 3 miles of good gravel road; $5 camp fee.

Trail starts by Borah info board, N44.13254 W113.83448, 2253m. Left at 6:12 am, excellent trail, emerging at length from trees onto ridge (superb views of colourful contorted geology all around).

Chicken Out Ridge rears up intimidatingly but in reality, after maybe 20 metres of unavoidable scrambling (quite nice, on good rock), all other difficulties are easily avoided. Alan bypasses on R. I scramble along the crest to the first notch (N44.12882 W113.78837, 3555m) then we follow the obvious trail which skirts L, well below the crest. There is a steep snow filled gully at N44.12912 W113.78730 about 10m wide with good footsteps from previous hikers so we cross easily with no need for crampons. We then scramble up about 15m on easy ground (YDS 3 or maybe 2+ depending on route choice) to join the continuation of the main trail. This leads easily to a broad saddle (N44.13160 W113.78432, 3590m, cairn) which is snow free except for an old snow bank below the trail. A nice place to rest, also on the way back.

An obvious trail angles upwards though talus. It becomes less well defined higher up and we traverse R then follow the ridge (YDS 2+) to the summit (N44.13737 W113.78112, 3858m), which is cluttered with golf clubs, tees, flags and drink cans. No sign of bench mark. We share the summit with David from Texas whom we hiked part of route with, and Bobby from Idaho.

We descend the way we came, jogging the easy lower section, to finish in 5 hours 57. There are other parties on the mountain, but with late starts we wonder how many will make the summit.

We drive via Wyoming's Evanston to Utah's Kings Peak trailhead, ready for tomorrow's dayhike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5270 ft / 1606 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Trailhead:7392 ft / 2253 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 25 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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