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Black Elk 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Baldwin, 91
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Submitted By: Lee Gitlin on Jul 31, 2004

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Lisa on Black elk.

Located in a National Forest Fee Area MORE INFO >>>


Black Elk is a good enough reason to drive all the way down the Mirror Lake Hwy and take the 20 min hike to the Ruth Lake Crag. It has an interesting, balancy beginning, followed by a bouldery crux, onto an exposed face. The rock has good friction, the holds are positive, and the pro is place a safe, sane distance.


New, well-placed bolts, spaced about 8 feet apart. Very safe and bomber.

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Rock Climbing Photo: black elk 5.10a ***
black elk 5.10a ***
Rock Climbing Photo: Clay on Black Elk.
Clay on Black Elk.
Rock Climbing Photo: This is where the fun really starts
This is where the fun really starts
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Clipping Bolts awkward beginning
Steve Clipping Bolts awkward beginning
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun climb!
Fun climb!
Rock Climbing Photo: Ellie on Black Elk.  Great climb!
Ellie on Black Elk. Great climb!

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By Tosh Peters
From: Park City, UT
Jun 22, 2008

fun sustained climbing with a nice "pump crux" from the last bolt to the chains and a good rest before the last 4 bolts.
By Bad Sock Puppet
Jul 26, 2008

An enjoyable climb. Move up small arete to right of roof. Stem your way through the recess in the wall. Take a break on the middle on a large ledge. Crux is at the top where you follow an off-width slopey crack. There are good holds, but be prepared to make boulder moves to get them. A challenging 5.10a. Great view!
By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Aug 19, 2008

I agree that this is a challenging 5.10a. Long route! Lots of fun! The headwall that makes up the second half is the best part.
By Alex Quitiquit
From: Salt Lake City
Jul 10, 2012
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Good sport route to climb on gear sans bolts. Takes decent smaller cams, 2-3 C3 and .3 to 1, and nuts well. Just to add a little spice to your life.
By Brandon Ashby
From: Kamas, UT
Aug 27, 2013
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

An absolute blast, might be my favorite climb. Navigating the mini chimney to the pumpy head wall is just fantastic. Highly recommended!
By JSaarela
From: Park City
Aug 20, 2015
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

Some very fun movement on mostly positive holds (although decreasing in size the farther you go).

If you have a wrench, bring it. As of 8/19, 5 of the 9 bolt hangers were spinning--the 1st, 4th, and 7th-9th if I remember right.
By Jordan Gilbert
From: Logan, UT
Sep 16, 2016

If this route was at the Wall of Tiers there wouldn't be a single bolt on it.

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