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YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Reid Dowdle, Neil Baxtron, Mark Rolofson, 1987
Season: summer
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Submitted By: Clint Cummins on Jul 20, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Starting pitch 3


An easier start to Astro Elephant, which avoids the (2) 5.10 pitches.


Center of South face, starting 100' above the chockstone in the descent gully. (Lower 5th class to climb around chockstone).


standard rack

Photos of Sideline Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: topo of Astro Elephant by Reid Dowdle, with some e...
BETA PHOTO: topo of Astro Elephant by Reid Dowdle, with some e...
Rock Climbing Photo: topo of first 4 pitches by Reid Dowdle
BETA PHOTO: topo of first 4 pitches by Reid Dowdle
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 2 (and the descent gully down below)  July 2...
Pitch 2 (and the descent gully down below) July 2...
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of pitch 4 at a great ledge
Top of pitch 4 at a great ledge

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By Stan Pitcher
From: SLC, UT
Jul 23, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This route can also be used as an approach to Sunrise Corner but is very worthy on its own also. Beautiful rock and views!

The 5.9+ on the topo is if you continue on AstroElephant.
By drewford
From: Wasatch Back, UT
Aug 29, 2010

This is a fun variation. Just be aware that it involves some mandatory long runouts.
By Tim Wolfe
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 2, 2011
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

I have done both variations. This is a bit more run and has a loose block. Personally prefer the other start.
By Mark Rolofson
Sep 20, 2011

Here are some corrections to the First ascent info. I was not on the first ascent of "Sideline" with Reed Dowdle and Neil Backstrom. I was sitting by the lake relaxing after a hard climbing the day before. Dianne Barrow & I hiked in there with Reed, Neil and Mort two days earlier. The date was not 1987 but August 1992. The day before their ascent of "Sideline", Dianne and I climbed the "Direct Beckey" (5.11d) on the Elephant's Perch. It was a great day on a great route with a great partner and I got the on-sight no falls ascent.
By Aerili
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 29, 2013

A route worth doing. Easy to combine pitches 3 and 4 together but I would not do so for 1 and 2. I tried, but the rope drag is no bueno even with minimal # of pieces (I only put in three on p1) and long slings. Also, the crux of the route is the top of pitch 2 and you will want a precise belay, no rope drag, and your belayer in view.

The finishing face on p2 looks unprotectable but gear can be had here and there. I could not protect the crux itself. You only have solution pockets in a bulge which Camalots don't fit in (and my orange Master Cam would not seat securely no matter what I did). Perhaps a red or brown tricam would work or a red Metolius.

We found a #4 useful on some parts of this route.

Pitch 1: 5.7
Pitch 2: 5.9
Pitches 3-4: 5.9 and 5.8...the topo is pretty accurate

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