Ascent of Borah Peak on 2017-08-20

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Dean Gaudet
Date:Sunday, August 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Borah Peak
    Elevation:12662 ft / 3859 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the day before the total solar eclipse and lots of people were setting up tents at the campground and on the mountain, and even on the summit. Chicken Out Ridge was relatively straightforward class 3, but we did have some difficulty with the 15' rock step down onto the snow crossing. On the way back we crossed the snow lower down, and this was much easier. Past the step and after a traverse, the last long climb to the summit is loose dirt and scree, slow to climb and slippery on the way down.

Views from the summit were good, but the distance was hazy due to forest fires. The round trip took us about 9 hours.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5262 ft / 1603 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5262 ft / 1603 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Start Trailhead:7400 ft / 2255 m
    Time:9 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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