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Borah N. Face

June 4 2012 at 6:29 PM
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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.
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We did most of the route unroped.
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The dilemma we faced was that if we climbed high enough to put in protection, the snow is really steep.
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Nick placed three screws in the final couloir.
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Nick pulling the cornice.
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This summit shot shows how close to the summit the final couloir pops out.
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Sacajawea and Mount Idaho to the south
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  • Nice!! - splattski on Jun 4, 2012, 6:58 PM
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  • Re: Borah N. Face - Geo on Jun 4, 2012, 7:59 PM
    • Thanks - pat on Jun 5, 2012, 7:30 AM
      • Flutes - Bob on Mar 9, 2013, 8:21 AM
     
  • Sweet - SummitGirl on Mar 10, 2013, 6:34 PM
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