It seems like almost every time I read this forum, someone is writing about the North Face of Borah. My friend, Nick, and I were wondering "What's all the fuss about?" Now we know. The climb is very cool, even in June. It's a great place to take pictures. The snow stacks up steeply against the final headwall and traversing it is pretty sketchy. Our eclectic gear collection included a 30 meter 8 mil rope, few small nuts, two pitons, three ice screws, and a few slings. We used them all in the final 500 feet. It was really fun!
After a tricky approach with headlamps, we caught this view of the upper north face.
We did most of the route unroped.
The dilemma we faced was that if we climbed high enough to put in protection, the snow is really steep.
Nick placed three screws in the final couloir.
Nick pulling the cornice.
This summit shot shows how close to the summit the final couloir pops out.
Sacajawea and Mount Idaho to the south