Ascent of Borah Peak on 2018-07-28

Climber: Joel Wilner

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Borah Peak
    Elevation:12662 ft / 3859 m

Ascent Trip Report

Much easier than it is hyped up to be. In fact, I found Chicken-Out Ridge to be one of the easiest parts of this hike, in large part because it is so fun. I never felt unsafe during this section, except for when someone above me kicked down a soccer ball-sized rock that went whizzing two feet past my head. The exposure is less intense than Katahdin's knife edge. The worst parts of this hike were the steep slogs at the beginning and end of the trail. Overall, a really fun and satisfying hike that is perfect for anyone who loves easy bouldering. I disagree with those who have said that this is a more difficult hike than Kings Peak or Mount Whitney - true, Borah is more "technical," but the endurance required for Kings Peak and Whitney is a much bigger deal, in my opinion.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5612 ft / 1710 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5612 ft / 1710 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5562 ft / 1695 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5262 ft / 1604 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Borah Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Borah Campground  7400 ft / 2255 m
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5312 ft / 1619 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5262 ft / 1604 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    End Trailhead:Borah Campground  7400 ft / 2255 m
    Time:3 Hours 26 Minutes

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