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Black Elk is a good enough reason to drive all the way down the Mirror Lake Hwy and take the 20 min hike to the Ruth Lake Crag. It has an interesting, balancy beginning, followed by a bouldery crux, onto an exposed face. The rock has good friction, the holds are positive, and the pro is place a safe, sane distance.
New, well-placed bolts, spaced about 8 feet apart. Very safe and bomber.
Steve Clipping Bolts awkward beginning
This is where the fun really starts
Clay on Black Elk.
black elk 5.10a ***
|By Tosh Peters|
From: Park City, UT
Jun 22, 2008
fun sustained climbing with a nice "pump crux" from the last bolt to the chains and a good rest before the last 4 bolts.
|By Bad Sock Puppet|
Jul 26, 2008
An enjoyable climb. Move up small arete to right of roof. Stem your way through the recess in the wall. Take a break on the middle on a large ledge. Crux is at the top where you follow an off-width slopey crack. There are good holds, but be prepared to make boulder moves to get them. A challenging 5.10a. Great view!
|By Tristan Higbee|
Aug 19, 2008
I agree that this is a challenging 5.10a. Long route! Lots of fun! The headwall that makes up the second half is the best part.
|By Alex Quitiquit|
From: Salt Lake City
Jul 10, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
Good sport route to climb on gear sans bolts. Takes decent smaller cams, 2-3 C3 and .3 to 1, and nuts well. Just to add a little spice to your life.
|By Brandon Ashby|
From: Kamas, UT
Aug 27, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
An absolute blast, might be my favorite climb. Navigating the mini chimney to the pumpy head wall is just fantastic. Highly recommended!