RPC's Elephants Perch - Sunrise Book

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RPC's Elephants Perch - Sunrise Book
Created On: Aug 23, 2010
Last Edited On: Aug 23, 2010

Summary

We were planning on climbing the Astro Elephant route on this outing but after chatting with a party who just came off of that route (& hearing about the run outs), we chickened out and climbed Sunrise Book (came back for Astro a couple years later). The route though short for The Perch was sustained, even though we French freed the 12- section (duh - of course!). What it lacks in length, it makes up in the "spectacular" department! An amazing natural plumb line. I recall getting off route on pitch 1 and taking my first "alpine whipper" onto a marginal green Alien (which surprisingly held). The water bottle did not fare as well and from that time onwards, we've always beefed up the nalgenes hanging from our harnesses with some duct tape & 5mm cord.

Photos

Elephants PerchAdmiring The Perch from our camp the day prior.

 Sunrise BookLower half of Sunrise Book.

 Sunrise BookSunrise Book from base of route.

Sunrise BookLeading pitch 1.

Sunrise BookShirley climbing pitch 1.

Sunrise BookShirley nearing the top of pitch 1.

Sunrise BookStarting the short C1 section (or 5.12-) on pitch2.

Sunrise BookLooking back at Shirley from the C1 section of pitch 2.

Sunrise BookShirley backaiding the short 5.12- section of pitch2.

Sunrise BookLeading pitch 3.

Sunrise BookShirley topping out on pitch 3.

Sunrise BookLeading the fun pitch 4.

Sunrise BookShirley on the super fun pitch 4.

Sunrise BookStarting up the unique & exposed chimney on pitch 5.

Sunrise BookShirley belaying the spectacular chimney of pitch 5.

Sunrise BookFurther along on the same pitch with entire route below.

Sunrise BookShirley on the summit ridge of Elephants Perch (top of route).

Sunrise BookSunrise Book as seen on the descent.

Sunrise BookWaiting for the shuttle boat pick up at the Redfish Lk. marina.






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