Think Caltrans calls it Elephant Head Rock, but what you're referring to scole is definitely the same formation. Lots of mysteries in Lee Vining Canyon like the 2-pitch 5.10a hand crack that me and Yerian and Marc Hill did on the north side of the canyon up the hill opposite the Power Station. Must have been c. 1987. Nice route except that D. Yerian almost dropped a 400 lb block on me and Hill from on top of the first pitch. Well, the block isn't there anymore . . . . A day to remember!
Marc Hill and Yerian and I did some stuff down at the bottom of Lee Vining Canyon up to the north of the Power Station in 1987. Wonder how close this is to that? Urmas Franosch says he's been doing some new routes across Lee Vining Creek on the south side too.
Well, the new expanded 2nd edition of the Ellery Guide was published yesterday, May 9th, 2017th. Now comes the hardest work of all, getting it distributed through REI and Amazon, Planet Granite and Touchstone et al. Even got a ISBN number.
Front and rear cover of the new Ellery Guide with ISBN number
Credit: Bruce Morris
About 57+ pages, 72 routes I think, plus FA information and index.
A complete climbing guide to Lee Vining Canyon is a mammoth project, but at least this new guide is a step in that direction. So much stuff though that no one knows much about next to and around the Third Pillar area. Must be some projects up there too that people don't want anyone to know about.
Sort of like a root canal, but finally found out that images must be below 2 meg. Amazon tells you when they're too big, but they won't say explicitly what size they want. The negative logic of cyberspace.
Some people at the front desk at Planet Granite Belmont said they climbed some routes at Elephant Rock/Bighorn Crag. I think Justine Formoso was one of those involved. Just stopped there and did them a few years ago.