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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'
Original:  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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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


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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Rock Climbing Photo: Reaching the first nice rest point in a large open...
Reaching the first nice rest point in a large open...
Rock Climbing Photo: Zack sending Elephant Man in style.
Zack sending Elephant Man in style.
Rock Climbing Photo: Elephant man is the climb to the right.  Double cr...
Elephant man is the climb to the right. Double cr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joan on Elephant Man
Joan on Elephant Man
Rock Climbing Photo: 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!
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 Franz N
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!

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