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Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« on: August 02, 2009, 12:40:43 pm »
Howdy. So I went up to the Sawtooths this last week, & spent a few days at the Elephants Perch.
What a seriously cool piece o' stone, in a grand setting. Great stone quality & really aesthetic.... Would have been cooler to share with someone, but nobody was
around that could go, so off I headed. Thought I was gonna die on the hike up(who would have thought that 4 miles could be so grueling?) I had Waaaay too much stuff.
Anyway, got to the base, & decided on a route called Slipstream. This route has some aid in the first 3 pitches, with the rest going free(though I aided a lot of that, too). The coolest of the aid pitches was 3, increasingly thin nailing until the crack peters out & you go out right & pendy into the next corner system. After that I wished I'd tossed the pins, as they were dead weight. I had too many of 'em, too.
Bivied at the top of the 4th pitch, at which time I lost the card outa my camera, while fiddling around with it( Sometimes I think I need a keeper).
I'd also dropped my spoon(that sucked). Anyway the route continued(like 12 pitches total) & the angle drops off the higher you go, as it's a dome.Spectacular view from the top! All in all, It was a fine outing to a mind numbingly beautiful place. Falling into the lake after getting down the descent gully wasn't bad either.
I don't think I'd do it again solo, as it's just a ridiculous amount of work in a remote locale, but I'd go back in a second with a partner.
Anyhow, that's how it went, & sorry I'm a doofus & didn't get my pics. Took some good ones, too.
Did have a couple encounters, though. I ran into Tim O'Neill at the Stanley Merc, he was going on a rafting trip down the Salmon.
And Hiking out, I met what could only be a wolf. He was colored like a grey fox, mostly, but as big as a large dog. Just moseying down the trail....when he saw me, he just meandered around, about 20 feet away & kept going. Weird....hot date, maybe?
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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 11:25:10 am »
Sounds like a good trip! Congrats on a proud send!!!
I do this for fun...

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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2009, 04:48:24 pm »
Way to go Scully!

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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2009, 08:27:01 pm »
Way to get out there!  Nice TR
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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009, 11:44:44 pm »
making that Idaho location werk for ya, nice!

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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 12:57:04 am »
Wow, sounds like a lot of work for one guy. Too bad on the pics, would have loved to see some of those.
I saw "Slipstream" and thought WTF? Who'd be crazy enough to climb that this time of year?

You see.. we have our own Super Classic (Death Route) here of the same name, mind you it doesn't look
like much of an aid route.. or rock for that matter.

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"Slipstream"  is that evil looking tongue of ice stretching down the north face of the 11,322-foot "Snow Dome".


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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009, 04:17:49 pm »
you know the care bears, right?  well datz a scare bear!  not even a bear would be dumb enough to go up near thar.


hanging snow o'death yo!

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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2009, 06:47:18 pm »
Well, This one's MUCH kinder & gentler than that thing. Yowza!
Might be goin' back up there with a friend next week to climb another route.
A free route this time. I'll keep the camera safe & like my Mom says "Don't monkey with it!".....

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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2009, 02:38:49 pm »
Badass effort, skull! Congrats on whipping a fine project with all the trimmings. Would love to help ya with that hike...now that you've done all the recon I can prolly handle it.

Nice little write-up. Sometimes pix aren't key. At least I hope so...

Cheers and nice work!


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Re: Elephant's Perch-Slipstream
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2009, 07:03:15 pm »
Well, this is one fine piece of stone, bro....I'd say come on down!