So let's get right to it and show you Borah Peak. It doesn't look so bad...right?
The summit is only 4 miles (approx.) from the trailhead (8 miles round trip - piece of cake compared to the 16 miles we just did on South Sister). Ha! Not so much! In that short 4 miles there is an elevation gain of 5,262ft. (I'll let you do the math. It equals STEEP!) I always read up about the mountain before we attempt our climb and let's just say I've been a little nervous about this one for the past 2 months ever since I heard about "Chicken Out Ridge" (COR). Sometimes people tend to exaggerate a bit on things in these summit posts but let's just say they are right on about this one. Many people turn around at COR and this was definitely in my mind from the minute we laid eyes on it. I thought ''are we crazy?" The climb up to COR was no piece of cake either. It was steep (did I mention that before?!), lots of rocks and then some crazy climbing before even getting to the bad part. At one point, on the start of COR, I sat down, stared at the mountain and thought, "is this really worth it?" But then I gave myself a pep talk, looked at my encouraging husband and got up and crawled my way through the craziness! Notice, my hands are firmly gripped on the rocks while Tom is able to pry his off the rocks to take a few pictures.
|"Chicken Out Ridge"|
|it was a beautiful day on the summit so we had lots of time to spend with the others who made it to the top|
The one harsh reality of climbing mountains is the top is only half way and there was no option to chicken out on COR going this direction! Thankfully, we made it safely (besides a few gray hairs I'm sure) and 10 hours after our start we were back at the Jeep (5.25 hours up, 40 minutes on top and 4 hours down). Woo hoo!
|Since 1920 the graduating class of the Butte County High School as painted its graduation year on the hill behind town. It's quite a sight to see driving into town but unfortunately we didn't get a good picture of it.|
Til next time...Happy Trails!