Elevation: 10,901 ft
This peak is not in the book. It is just southwest of the summit of Lorenzo Peak and some would argue it is that peak’s southwest summit. Nevertheless, as Pat Mcgrane sets forth below, it is an amazing climbing destination. Text and photos by Pat Mcgrane unless otherwise noted.
Lorenzo Peak is arguably the finest summit in the Boulder Mountains. Point 10901 is Lorenzo’s highly visible southwest summit. As seen from Highway 75, it features a high concentration of steep snow climbs in the spring. Point 10901 deserves recognition as a peak in its own right despite having only 200 feet of prominence from the main summit. Some folks call Point 10901 Lightning Ridge, or Lightning Point, but I prefer to call it Bodacious Peak. Bodacious is a combination of the words bold and audacious.
Bodacious Peak features awesome snow climbs and scrambles. It towers above Highway 75. The southwest and west faces are reached by crossing Billy’s Bridge, a makeshift Nordic ski bridge over the Wood River. The access is so good from the highway that day trips from Boise are routine.
The best time to climb Bodacious is spring from March through June. That’s when the inherently loose rock is covered by steep snow. Avalanches are not uncommon, so choose your route wisely.
Pat notes, “I could go into great detail on every individual route (I have personally done seven), but that is unnecessary because the routes on the southwest and west faces are about the same difficulty, 35-50 degree snow with Class 3-4 rock sections. No rope is needed, just take your crampons. After reaching the summit of Bodacious, it’s another hour of steep snow to the summit of Lorenzo if you choose to do so. It is possible to glissade (or ski) all the way from the summit to timberline, making the return trip almost as fun as the climb.”