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Southwest Ridge 

YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 5400'
Original:  YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a [details]
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Submitted By: Zach Weyn on Mar 25, 2016

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Final ridge line to summit

Description 

The southwest route is the standard route taken by most folks seeking to summit Mt. Borah. Begin at the Mt. Borah Trailhead and take the obvious trail. At about 9,800' you will clear the treeline and follow the ridge.

Once you reach approximately 11,500' you will encounter the infamous "Chicken-out Ridge". It's a 3rd class terrain feature with moderate exposure. The casual hiker often turns around at this point, but if you are comfortable on rock then you will have no problem. There are many options through this section, but for my less experienced party I traversed climber's right.

Rock Climbing Photo: Down climbing Chicken Out Ridge
Down climbing Chicken Out Ridge


Once you pass the 'crux' simply follow the well worn climber's trail to the top to earn your tick. Descent via the same route.

Location 

Drive north on Hwy 93 past Mackay for 21 miles. There is a brown "Mt. Borah Trailhead" sign before the right hand turn onto Birch Springs Rd. Continue on unimproved gravel road until you reach the Borah campground. Parking is available here, and this is where the trailhead is located.


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