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Elephant Man 

YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Jared Brown on Apr 21, 2002

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This route is just right of Chocolate Corner. Go up a widening and sometimes awkward crack to ledge with anchors, about 70 feet. Save a few small cams for the end. I think there are upper pitches too, but I didn't do them.


Doubles of cams from green alien to #2 camalot, with maybe triples of #1 and #2 camalots

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Reaching the first nice rest point in a large opening.
Reaching the first nice rest point in a large open...
Zack sending Elephant Man in style.
Zack sending Elephant Man in style.
Elephant man is the climb to the right.  Double crack start that leads to a great sustained crack.  Chocolate corner is the climb to the left.
Elephant man is the climb to the right. Double cr...
Joan on Elephant Man
Joan on Elephant Man
Keenan on lead at the crux of Elephant Man.
BETA PHOTO: Keenan on lead at the crux of Elephant Man.
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By Ben F
From: Benfield, Kolorado
Apr 28, 2002

Please don't be a lazy bumbly and set this climb as a top rope. You will only add to the gouges over the shoulder of the ledge. Belay your second from the anchors, where you will be standing on a ledge.

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 30, 2004

This climb is not sustained like other 5.10- climbs in this area. This route, plus Keyhole Flake, were the only 5.10's I was able to lead on a past trip to Indian Creek. I found this climb easier than Generic Crack, even. Good climb, though!

By brian benjamin weinstein
Apr 17, 2004
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

i found the first pitch of this route a bit awkward and a grainier sandstone then its neighbors. this could be because of the amount of traffic it sees. still a nice pitch with some variety.

Feb 10, 2006

I also found this climb to be one of the easiest on this side of the canyon, or maybe both sides.

By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 14, 2006

Definitely worth doing, with good jams all the way. The rock quality (lighter-color sandstone) isn't as good as neighboring routes (as evidenced by the grooves below the anchor).

By Colin Simon
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2009

I thought this was a great route -- just far more varied and "weird" like a granite crack.

By Franzalopolis
From: Mass.
Apr 15, 2013

Climb definitely feels like a granite crack. Gritty, awkard, but a great climb to lead with a nice bouldery finish.

By Mark P Thomas
From: Oakland
May 4, 2013

3-4 star route anywhere else, but in the Creek, only 2 stars for me. Very well worth doing if you're in the area though!