Type: Trad, TR, 90 ft (27 m)
FA: Pat Ament, 1970?
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Shared By: James Beissel on Mar 27, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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Access Issue: Seasonal Closures 2023 - lifted as of 7/26/23 Details


This is the route Flash Dihedral as shown in the topo in Knapp's guidebook. I am not sure if this is the line referred to as an "obvious dihedral" in Rossiter's guide. See the other entry for Flash Dihedral for what is likely the 5.8+ done by Ament et al.

Regardless, I really enjoyed this pitch. I liked it better than some of the other "classic" moderates on the Elephant Buttresses. It has clean rock, good fingerlocks, and solid gear. It's a worthy route and deserves its own entry.

Begin about 40' uphill from the toe of the First Elephant Buttress just left of an unstable looking, keg-sized boulder. Climb up about 10' of mungy rock to gain the clean double crack system that continues up the west corner of the buttress to the summit.

The crux comes about halfway up negotiating a triangular block and felt easier than the given rating of 5.8+ to me.


This route is located on the west corner of the First Elephant Buttress. Approach via the standard trail and hike about 40' up the gully on the west side of the buttress. Descend by hiking north to meet the same gully and descend it back to your packs.


Standard rack to 3". Trees and boulders at the summit for top rope anchors.