Well, it was time to leave my favorite basalt crag and drive east to sample some granite. My climbing partner said that it would make a honest climber out of me.  I read that to mean that I would at least have one epic session where I would need my brown trousers.

So its off to The Elephants Perch located in the Sawtooths. This is the view from Camp.  Usually I am content to spend the first day, traveling by boat across the lake, hiking 3000ft vertical to camp, setting up the tent, sorting out gear for the next day and then calling calling it good.  Chris feels like we can still climb the mountaineers route and get back to camp before dark.

So off we go to the start of the climb

The first climb was the famous Mountaineers Route at 5.9. A wonderful alpine route, lots of exposure!!

Granite fest for the feet

Trying to figure out what is around the corner…the answer…lots of air!!!!

Chris relaxing in the vertical zone

Back at Camp, relief to find that the beer has not floated away and is perfectly cold

Chef Martin prepares dinner

Beer and garden, perfect ingredients for dinner

Next Day, time to climb again into the wonderful sunshine

Beautiful colors, beautiful texture

Rack attack for the crux

High reaching moves on a delicate smear, makes Chris happy

View from the belay ledge

The cirque to the South

Amazing line

Its always rewarding to look back at the climb as you descend to camp. Trying to spot the various pitches and moves that you made

Day 3 and what a climb, hard enough to leave the camera on the harness and the hands on the rock.