Trip Report: Elephant's Perch via Mountaineer's Route, 5.9 III
Mountain: Elephant's Perch 9,670', Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Route: Mountaineer's Route, 5.9, grade III, 7 pitches.
|The graceful sweep of the Elephant's Perch. Photo: Tom Gattiker.
- 60 m, 8.9 mm single rated rope. A 60 m rope was perfect for doing it in 7 pitches.
- Cams: double rack .3-3, single #4. I think we used doubles of every color on at least one pitch. Only placed the #4 to get it off of my harness. A .2 and .1 could be nice in a few places.
- Nuts: mostly placed finger sized pieces, but small nuts were fairly crucial for one anchor.
The plan was for Rachel, a talented artist and the love of my life, and I to hike into the lakes at the base of the Perch for a two night trip. My good buddy Colton "Two-Step" Turner would join us whenever he could get off the river, and the two of us would climb the route together. For reasons that she would rather me not disclose, Rachel had to drop off the trip at the last second. That left just me and Colton "Tongue Turner" Turner on the trip, and we opted for a one-night strike mission.
Colton, always finding a way to make a trip extra rad, rode all the way from Stanley to Redfish Lodge after meeting Rachel and I at our camp along the Salmon River.
|One former local, one real local.
No matter how many times I take it, the boat shuttle across Redfish is one of the highlights of every trip. Mt. Heyburn, which Colton and I climbed in 2022, dominates the right skyline throughout the ride. I kept reminding myself of how much more terrain we had to cover to climb that thing car-to-car than it would be to climb the Perch with an overnight stop.
|Colton getting those final fried calories in on the boat. Heyburn is the peak in between him and the captain.
We caught the perfect time to be hiking up Redfish;Creek, right at golden hour. Walking up this way always brings memories of a childhood full of family backpacking trips rushing back.