Mount Borah: North Face – Borah, Borah, Borah route by Bob Boyles

First Ascent: Tim Ball (Seattle Mountain Guides), Brad Schilling (City of Rocks Climbing Ranger), Doug Colwell. October 2004.
Rating: Grade III 5.7RX, M3, WI3

The route information on this page was provided to me by Kevin Hansen who has been gathering documentation on route history in Idaho’s Lost River Range. Idaho climbers have long been known for not publishing their climbs so I thank him for his effort in rounding up this information — Bob Boyles 2014.

Route Description

Climbing Borah, Borah, Borah. October 2004. Photo - Tim Ball

Climbing Borah, Borah, Borah. October 2004. Photo – Tim Ball

Beginning at the base of the Psycho Therapy couloir, climb up and left (south) on steep 5.7RX snow ramps to the horizontal band guarding the bottom of the Borah, Borah, Borah slot. This slot can be soloed conditions permitting. The crux is a narrow shoulder-wide and short vertical step, WI3. Continue up the couloir to the top of the northwest ridge.

Descent: There are three options to descend. From the top of the northwest ridge either (a) traverse downhill until you can glissade west down into the Chicken Out Ridge drainage, following it northwest until it joins with Rock Creek, (b) stay high on the northwest ridge until you reach the summit, then hike down the standard route trail, or (c) scramble down the northwest ridge and work your way back down to the saddle near point 10,789 feet.

Climbing Borah, Borah, Borah. October 2004. Photo - Tim Ball

Climbing Borah, Borah, Borah. October 2004. Photo – Tim Ball

Tim Ball described the route as follows, “We climbed up steep snow ramps to the horizontal band guarding the bottom of the slot. This pitch was a nasty death 5.7 lead (thanks Brad!). The slot above was soloed by all of us and had a crux narrows shoulder-wide and short vertical step, WI3. We continued up the ridge for an hour or so till it got dark, then bum slid into the drainage towards Chicken-Out-Ridge, then back around in the dark to the car at Rock Creek. This was in October of 2004 I think.

There was 18″ fresh unconsolidated snow on the approach and the entire basin was full of avy debris. Temps were chilly, minus 10 degrees rings a bell. We started about 4:00 a.m. and got back to the car around 10:00 p.m. Quite the adventure. Doug and I returned two weeks later to climb Physco Therapy but were storm bound and bailed.” 

Borah, Borah, Borah and Pyscho Therapy routes. Bob Boyles Photo

Borah, Borah, Borah and Pyscho Therapy routes on the north face of Borah. Photo – Bob Boyles

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