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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Shuswap Lakes, August 2010

Just some highlights of a relaxing five days out on the Shuswap... Worth noting were the unusually large numbers of running salmon visible in the creeks and streams, floating in the lake or rotting away along the shore. A classic example of Mother Nature’s excesses and to which the local bear population was helpless to resist partaking in. In hindsight, it probably would have been best to heed the temporary No Mooring signs posted on that beach adjacent to the salmon spawning stream, eh? But anyway, I could really get used to this life of leisure and a HUGE thanks to everyone that made the experience possible once again!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Borah Peak - Southwest Ridge, August 2010

Borah Peak is the 12,662-ft monarch of the Lost River Range and the highest mountain in Idaho. The standard Southwest Ridge route is a third class scramble in late summer, ascending 5,262 vertical feet from the trailhead to the summit in just over 3.5 miles. Alternately referred to as "Chicken-Out Ridge", this is generally considered to be the primary route used to ascend the peak. Although short, the approach involves considerable elevation gain, making for a continuously steep hike in order to reach the start the route's namesake feature.

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