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Elephant Walk 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: ClimbandMine on Jan 29, 2006

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Near where the two cracks join


Continue through the scrub past the Tollhouse traverse and find three Yosemite-like finger cracks with large truck-sized boulders at the base. Elephant Walk is the middle, and best of the three. Climb it.


Double Aliens to orange, Camalots to #2 - maybe a #3 also for the belay. Double set of nuts. There is a bolted rap station.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Topo of Tollhouse Rock with the route 'Elephant Wa...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff starting out the first pitch of Elephant Walk
Jeff starting out the first pitch of Elephant Walk
Rock Climbing Photo: Doug at the point where the crack opens to perfect...
Doug at the point where the crack opens to perfect...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dave leading Elephant Walk, 2003
Dave leading Elephant Walk, 2003

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By Wade Griffith
Apr 10, 2006

Just wanted to clarify that Elephant Walk is actually 4 pitches. This description only describes the first pitch. This multi pitch climbs is one of the classic routes at Tollhouse Rock and I'd highly recommend climbing it to the top. The pitches following the first crack pitch are great slab climbing with some mixed gear and bolts. The gear list provided here may also be a little excessive. This was probably one of my first leads and I know I did not have a double set of stoppers or that many cams back then. Excellent route.
By rhyang
From: San Jose, CA
Nov 20, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Led first pitch with a single set of cams, single set of nuts, the two smallest tricams, and a set of hexes. The hand jams were so good up higher that lots of gear felt unnecessary.
By Brett Brotherton
From: Arvada, CO
Jul 13, 2009
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

Also led with single set of camalots to number two, set of TCU's and single set of nuts and this was plenty of gear. All anchors are bolted, and the only pitch I even placed gear on was the first. Didn't see any opportunities of gear after the first pitch. The second and third pitches felt a little run out but there are numerous holds. Second pitch up and slightly right past 4 bolts then head up and to the left to a two bolt anchor (topo from old book shows 5 bolts with a 3 bolt anchor but the fifth bolt and original anchor are missing but not needed. Third pitch is to the right of anchors I traversed right and slightly down before going up to the first bolt. then straight up past 3 or 4 more bolts to a two bolt anchor. Finish with last pitch of tollhouse traverse (there are several options here). Fantastic climb with a little bit of everything, much better than tollhouse traverse imho.
By Chris I
From: Fort Collins, CO
Nov 20, 2012
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

This is a great climb and much more engaging than the Tollhouse Traverse, but I would warn beginner leaders to beware of the 5.7 rating for this climb. The upper slab pitches are mentally demanding and require some precise technique. The bolts are spaced enough that a fall might not be pretty. Tons of fun, but heads up if you're expecting a casual cruiser. PS. the first pitch is a winner!
By John Dalbey
Apr 14, 2014

Did anyone else find the first 25 feet quite hard for the grade?

I consider Yosemite's Sunnyside Jamcrack to be the "definition" of 5.7,
and having climbed that recently, I was stunned at how hard the
start of Elephant Walk turned out to be. It could just be my advancing
years, but I thought the first 25 feet were a full grade harder
than 5.7.
By Muscrat
Mar 11, 2017
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Agree with the stiffness of the 5.7 grade. I have climbed many Valley 5.7's, the first 20' was tougher than any i can think of. Might just be my fat old hands?
There is a sweet spot on P2 for a .5. Keeps the runout down to 20'.
Oh, do not make the mistake i made and go straight up from belay 1. That is NOT 5.7! Climb to the right, and then up towards the mini flake.

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