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Asstro Elephant

 
Asstro Elephant

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Object Title: Asstro Elephant

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jul 5, 2008

Activities: Trad Climbing

Season: Summer

 

Page By: rpc

Created/Edited: Jul 7, 2008 / Aug 23, 2010

Object ID: 418898

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Page Score: 80.49%  - 12 Votes 

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Blah, blah, blah...

 
Elephants Perch
E-Perch

 
Astro Elephant
Long Range P2

 
Astro Elephant (sorta...)
Off-Route

 
Elephants Perch
Summit Ridge

 
Astro Elephant
Almost Summit

 
Elephants Perch
We Oot!

Given that Idaho climbing was kind to us two weeks earlier, Shirley & I headed back to the spud state over the 3-day Independence Day Weekend. Our intended climb was the well-reputed Astro Elephant (IV 5.10-) route on the Elephants Perch. We wanted to do this climb three years earlier but after talking to a party (fresh off the climb) in camp, we chickened out and did the Sunrise Book instead. The talk of thin and run-out face climbing high up on the route was still on our minds as we ate dinner in camp the night before the climb last weekend. Armed with AJones’s great beta and having read other TR’s online (cascadeclimbers one and Brad’s TR), we figured that at least route finding would not be an issue.

As Shirley has been leading stronger than me lately, we swapped leads all the way. Indeed, I believe Shirley got the toughest technical pitch of the route (pitch 2, where my fat ass fell on TR) while I got the chest-hair-promoting lead up higher. The climbing was sustained in the 5.9 range with occasional spikes in difficulty. The rock was perfect all the way. Maybe I relaxed a bit too early (or maybe I’m retarded) but I screwed up route finding just below the top (where one should not really mess up) which cost us an additional 2 pitches, some C1 sections and an A0-penji to regain our line. There are likely other mentally deficient climbers like me out in the world as I found some fixed gear on my little deviation. We topped out though our time was nowhere near as fast as AJones & GCutforth mention in their nice TR.

On the third day, we woke up at the ass crack of dawn to catch the 9am shuttle boat and in turn to make Portland before 7pm to pick up Blondie from the doggie motel. A great line and a great weekend was had by all (…well, except for Blondie who was stuck at the kennel with her gimp paw).

Many thanks to AJones for great beta & for mailing us some older published material a while back.

Pics Essay

Elephants Perch
In camp the night before.
Astro Elephant
P1

Astro Elephant
P1

Astro Elephant
P2

Astro Elephant
P2

Astro Elephant
Long range shot of us on pitch 2.

Asstro Elephant
P4

Astro Elephant
P5

Astro Elephant
P6

Astro Elephant
P6

Astro Elephant
P6

Astro Elephant
P7

Astro Elephant
P7

Astro Elephant
P7

Astro Elephant
P8

Astro Elephant (sorta...)
My screw up on pitch 9...penji-ing back onto route proper.

Astro Elephant
P10

Astro Elephant
Almost on the summit.

Astro Elephant
Summit

Elephants Perch
Hiking down the summit ridge.

Elephants Perch
Hiking out.
Mount Heyburn
Easy Out

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rpcRe: Sweet

rpc

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Thank you very much for the visit & the kind word.

EDIT IN: Was hoping the battery on the camera would last longer till we got up higher but oh well - it died after this shot :)
Posted Jul 8, 2008 4:28 pm

lcarreau~ smiling ~

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Blah, blah, blah ... blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!!

Nice page, Radek & Shirley! :)
Posted Jul 8, 2008 5:36 pm

rpcRe: ~ smiling ~

rpc

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Many thanks Larry :)

...always figured who's got time to read more than 20 words.
Posted Jul 8, 2008 5:40 pm

Nigel LewisI like words

Nigel Lewis

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Hey Radek, I enjoy the words. Great pics, more words!
N
Posted Jul 8, 2008 6:26 pm

rpcRe: I like words

rpc

Hasn't voted

Hi Nigel - thank you for the good words on the photos. Next time, I'll get more detail-oriented in my writing (inspiration to put down more was just not there now :)
Take care.
Posted Jul 8, 2008 7:01 pm

Martin CashLooks like

Martin Cash

Voted 10/10

another sweet climb on this formation. Thanks for the great pictures and good job.
Posted Jul 25, 2008 8:46 am

rpcRe: Looks like

rpc

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Thanks Martin. a great route for sure! How's the new house treating you guys (did you get used to blasting music full volume already :) ?
Posted Jul 25, 2008 11:56 am

Martin CashRe: Looks like

Martin Cash

Voted 10/10

Its been great, really loving the space and privacy.

Headed out into the hills tomorrow for the first time in almost a year, can't wait. Have a good weekend.
Posted Jul 25, 2008 3:48 pm

rpcRe: Looks like

rpc

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thanks Martin.

are you staying local? forecast for marblemount looks iffy no?
Posted Jul 25, 2008 3:51 pm

Deltaoperator17Nice Stuff

Deltaoperator17

Voted 10/10

Great stuff Radek....Blah Blah Blah
Posted Aug 12, 2008 4:04 pm

rpcRe: Nice Stuff

rpc

Hasn't voted

I'm sorry - I missed your nice comment eariler somehow!
Many thanks for checking this out :)
Cheers!
Posted Oct 16, 2008 8:03 pm

AJonesI just found this TR

AJones

Voted 10/10

Hey Radek - I missed this TR last summer; as I couldn't bring myself to look at SP, when I couldn't climb (lame, I know). Loved reading the report and laughed out loud a couple of times. I love that you took the same sitting rest as Greg on the offwidth pitch (about pitch 4). I also laughed that you got off-route, after you had climbed the pitches that people get off route on (i.e. the traverse crux pitch). Sounds like you had fun anyway, and it is a stellar climb.
Posted Mar 22, 2009 11:52 pm

rpcRe: I just found this TR

rpc

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Aaron - thanks for the nice word & great beta for the route. It was indeed a very very fun climb.
"I couldn't bring myself to look at SP, when I couldn't climb (lame, I know)" can't say I blame you - if I can't climb, I'm not really into reading about climbing that others are doing...call it f..ed up but that's just how it is, so I can relate :)
Cheers!
radek
Posted Mar 23, 2009 1:10 pm

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