Yeah...what Brian said...it's all true!
This is what "Adventure Climbing" is all about. Not knowing anything about the climb till you're half way up. Next time though I'm going to position myself out of the rock fall path while belaying. It was like playing dodge ball, only with rocks...
Karl and I started out the day wanting to get 3 towers in but backed off Needle Rock in the morning. We decided to hit Elephant first and then Tumble on our way out. Well, it didn't work out that way.
We got to Elephant about noon and then I took my time working up the chimney. Got stuck and had to rearrange my rack for 20 minutes or so as I iched my way up the chimney. Topped out and belayed Karl up and then to the summit. We rapped the chimney and the rope got stuck. Karl then prussiked up the line and rapped down the face next to it. The rope still got hung up on the rock and now I could not prussik up it into the chimney as it was around a large horn and that would have meant free soloing half the route, something that is not in my repertoire.
So, luckily there was enough rope hanging down(we used half ropes) to re-lead it. I did it and placed only two pieces this time as I was pissed and the sun was going down. Belayed up Karl and then scrambled out the ridge to where I saw some bushes. It looked like a much better and unencumbered rap and turned out to be the winner. We bushwhacked and hiked out by headlamp, not being able to climb Tumble Rock but enjoying a full moon over the Old Cascades.