Borah Peak, Idaho (Photos Page 1)
WCU, EEU, EKU, and I traveled to Borah Peak, Idaho on July 25, 2004. We were accompanied by fellow highpointers Tom Karchesy (WA), Stony Burk (NH), Chuck Bickes (MA), and Janice (WY). We also had a tag-along named Casey.
The trailhead is a nice place to camp. We parked our motor home right at the trailhead. There is a new chemical toilet about 100 yards from the trailhead. It got rave reviews from the crew.
It rained a little when we arrived about 8:00pm on July 25, 2004. We didn't mind, because we were inside the RV enjoying a high carb dinner and some wine (supplied by our new friend Janice Stroud).
We started our climb at about 4:15 am, which turned out to be a little late. We encountered some thunderstorms right off the summit. We really had to hurry our descent. The upper 2000-3000 feet of the climb is on a ridges above the tree line. This is not an easy climb. Chuck Bickes, who is now a 50 completer, (this was his 49th) said he thought it was the roughest one day climb of all the summits.
There is a register at the summit and a nice Borah Peak flag (it's in the plastic tube. "Chicken Out Ridge" is aptly named.Steve Urbanski, August 12, 2004 001 The night before the climb in the RV 002 WCU enjoys the last supper while discussing what time to leave the trailhead the next mroning 003 Looking East at the morning sky from the lower part of the trail 004 Tom and Janice on the lower trail 005 Looking up the lower trail It gets steep fairly sooner and stays that way 006 Chuck Bickes early on to the summit of his 49th highpoint 007 Chuck just above the tree line 008 Looking North just above the tree line 009 Looking up the trail It goes up along the ridge line 010 WCU checks the GPS with Borah in the background 011 Tom, Chuck, and EEU take a break at a rock wind break 012 Chuck and Janice on one of the few non-steep parts of the trail 013 WCU's silhouette on a ridge above 014 Part of the trail on "Chicken Out Ridge" 015 WCU and EEU approaching the snow bridge Photos 2 Photos 3 Idaho Home Highpointing Home