|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|
|Submitted By:||Clint Cummins on Jul 20, 2007|
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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.
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.|
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