VIDEO: Three Hiking Pals Shotgun Beers Atop Idaho’s Tallest Point
For Idaho hiking enthusiasts, one peak in particular in Custer County is the climbing mecca of the Gem State. Three friends recently summited the nearly 13,000-foot mountain and celebrated in a very familiar, thirst-quenching way.
Mt. Borah is perhaps best known to Idahoans as being the source of a deadly 1983 earthquake that measured 6.9 on the Richter Scale. The mountain is also the tallest peak in the state. Only 465-feet separate Mt. Borah (12,662) from the second, third, and fourth tallest Idaho mountains, which are Leatherman Peak (12,280) Mt. Church (12,200), and Diamond Peak (12,197).
I enjoy the great outdoors immensely, but a mountain climber I'm not. The tallest landmark I've ever climbed was Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, but a lightning storm prevented me from reaching the final 400-feet to the top. Heights are my number one fear, but I could easily manage to climb a mountain with a gradual incline.
A recent YouTube upload was a lot of fun to watch. The channel Home in the Sierras shared the 12-minute video of three buddies climbing to the summit of Mt. Borah. It's an American custom I believe to crush a beer at the top of any peak. I don't care if we're talking about the Evel Knievel mound in Twin Falls, once you stand atop anything that offers a great view, shotgunning a brewski is a must.
Congrats to the three guys on their impressive climb. Thanks for showing us how it's done. Cheers!