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Routes in The White Elephant (aka Comet Wall)

Southwest Face (Beckey Route) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Elevation: 4,451 ft
GPS: 34.047, -116.141 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 552 total, 17/month
Shared By: Richard Shore on Mar 16, 2015
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

A 250' southwest-facing slabby wall located adjacent to the Bighorn Dome in the Wonderland. Dubbed "The White Elephant" by Fred Beckey and Brian Gochoel during their FA in Feb 1969, a flake hanging partway up the wall likely gave rise to the name. A vague description in the AAJ and a lack of published information allowed the formation to fall into obscurity; it was later developed and renamed the "Comet Wall" by Alan Bartlett and co. in the 1990's. Decent rock quality, a "real" summit, and an easy descent off the backside add to the appeal of this historic piece of JT stone.

Getting There

Follow directions out to Bighorn Dome - heading towards the Astro Domes, hang a right after Freak Brothers Dome, and once in the open desert past the Pea Brain, look due north towards the heap of rock that makes up the bulk of Bighorn Dome. The White Elephant is a SW facing wall on the front left of the pile, near the mouth of Boulder Canyon.

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Mar 19, 2015

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