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Elephant Man 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Jared Brown on Apr 21, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: Keenan on lead at the crux of Elephant Man.

RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>

Description 

This route is just right of Chocolate Corner. Go up a widening and sometimes awkward crack to ledge with anchors, about 70 feet. Save a few small cams for the end. I think there are upper pitches too, but I didn't do them.

Protection 

Doubles of cams from green alien to #2 camalot, with maybe triples of #1 and #2 camalots


Photos of Elephant Man Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Good sized hand crack for someone with smaller han...
Good sized hand crack for someone with smaller han...
Rock Climbing Photo: Reaching the first nice rest point in a large open...
Reaching the first nice rest point in a large open...
Rock Climbing Photo: Elephant man is the climb to the right.  Double cr...
Elephant man is the climb to the right. Double cr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joan on Elephant Man
Joan on Elephant Man
Rock Climbing Photo: Zack sending Elephant Man in style.
Zack sending Elephant Man in style.
Rock Climbing Photo: Casually onsighting Elephant man.  Finding  the ri...
Casually onsighting Elephant man. Finding the ri...

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By Ben F
From: Benfield, Kolorado
Apr 28, 2002

Please don't be a lazy bumbly and set this climb as a top rope. You will only add to the gouges over the shoulder of the ledge. Belay your second from the anchors, where you will be standing on a ledge.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 30, 2004

This climb is not sustained like other 5.10- climbs in this area. This route, plus Keyhole Flake, were the only 5.10's I was able to lead on a past trip to Indian Creek. I found this climb easier than Generic Crack, even. Good climb, though!
By KPRTX
Feb 10, 2006

I also found this climb to be one of the easiest on this side of the canyon, or maybe both sides.
By M. Morley
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From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 14, 2006

Definitely worth doing, with good jams all the way. The rock quality (lighter-color sandstone) isn't as good as neighboring routes (as evidenced by the grooves below the anchor).
By Colin Simon
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 30, 2009

I thought this was a great route -- just far more varied and "weird" like a granite crack.
By Franz N
From: Mass.
Apr 15, 2013

Climb definitely feels like a granite crack. Gritty, awkard, but a great climb to lead with a nice bouldery finish.
By Mark P Thomas
From: Draper
May 4, 2013

3-4 star route anywhere else, but in the Creek, only 2 stars for me. Very well worth doing if you're in the area though!
By Derek Field
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 27, 2017
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I dunno, kinda felt like a standard Creek crack to me. Especially the awkwardly deep jamming through the crux flare, which was the only 5.10- part. Rest is rather simple.

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