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Tour Southern Idaho: Mount Borah

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By Ben Lyda

Challis, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Sitting over 12,600 feet, Mount Borah holds the title as the highest peak in Idaho, and it's still rising.

In 1983, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the Challis area and Mount Borah rose another seven feet.

The climb to the summit can be accomplished in a day. However, that doesn't mean it is easy.

The trail to the top is a mere three and a half miles, but it’s over 5,000 vertical feet.

The day starts early, as the trail weaves through the trees and up the steep trail and out of the tree line around 10,000 feet.

Many people set out to make the climb every day, and some turn back at this point, aptly named Chicken Out Ridge.

The trail becomes rocky and steep. As you look to each side, the mountain drops thousands of feet, forcing you to make your moves carefully.

Chicken Out Ridge may be the biggest challenge before the final 600 feet to the summit; however, elevation sickness may set in if you are not prepared.

Once you reach the summit, a great sense of accomplishment comes over you as you can see for miles.

Mountain lakes and luscious green hills are a refreshing sight before the descent ahead.

After a rough nine hours the day comes to a close. The climb may be over, but the memory will last forever.


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