Trip Report
To the Perch!
Tuesday June 30, 2015 12:30pm
The Sawtooth Range of central Idaho is as impressive as any mountain range I've ever visited. It is a true display of how incredibly pointy mountain tops can be! REALLY REALLY POINTY!

We ended up climbing the Direct Beckey (5.11) on day one, and finishing off day two with the Mountaineers Route (5.8+). All in all it was a very very successful trip, and I might count the Direct Beckey as the best rock climb I've done yet! In terms of quality it is only matched by Shunes Buttress in Zion as the best free route I've ever done.

Overall we did the DB in about 6-7 hours, and the Mountaineers in 2hr.

Credit: Grippa
The DB ascends the golden wall on the right side of the formation seen...
The DB ascends the golden wall on the right side of the formation seen here. The Mountaineers route goes up the broken terrain beneath the 'diamond' on the left 1/3rd of the image.
Credit: Grippa
pitch 2 of the DB.
pitch 2 of the DB.
Credit: Grippa
Credit: Grippa
Chipmunk Perch in reflection.
Chipmunk Perch in reflection.
Credit: Grippa
Pitch 8 I think. And yes it really is that splitter for 8 pitches in a...
Pitch 8 I think. And yes it really is that splitter for 8 pitches in a row. Then it keeps going...
Credit: Grippa
The saddle back lakes with the Goats Perch in the background.
The saddle back lakes with the Goats Perch in the background.
Credit: Grippa

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Grippa
About the Author
Grippa is a wannabe living in Salt Lake City, UT.

Comments
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Jun 30, 2015 - 12:35pm PT
Beautiful! Thanks much.

John
thebravecowboy

climber
The Good Places
  Jun 30, 2015 - 12:36pm PT
Schweet! Some special place!

How far did you have to hike the rack?
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Author's Reply  Jun 30, 2015 - 12:37pm PT
W.L. - It's amazing dude. 10 straight pitches of badass 10+ crack climbing with a stonker boulder problem on pitch 1.

thebravecowboy - the hike into the perch is only 3 miles and 2000 vertical gain. It goes in about 2 hours for a fit party.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jun 30, 2015 - 12:59pm PT
Nice! Special place for sure. Put the Fine Line and Myopia on the menu for the next trip.
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
  Jun 30, 2015 - 12:59pm PT
Way to go there Grippa!
johntp

Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
  Jun 30, 2015 - 01:57pm PT
BBST
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 30, 2015 - 03:01pm PT
One of the most beautiful ranges I've ever climbed in,
Thank you!!!
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Jun 30, 2015 - 03:58pm PT
Booyah. Nice send.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Jun 30, 2015 - 04:41pm PT
It seems there is no limit on perches in the Sawtooths/Sawtooth Range, just trout.

(Plurals be strange.)

Glad you had a great couple of days, Grippa!
NutAgain!

Trad climber
https://nutagain.org
  Jun 30, 2015 - 04:43pm PT
Nice! I planned to drive through there over the last couple of weeks, but instead did the southern loop through Utah and touched briefly in Wyoming. Maybe next summer will be Tetons with a stop by the perch....
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Author's Reply  Jun 30, 2015 - 05:30pm PT
NutAgain! I highly suggest it.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Wyoming
  Jun 30, 2015 - 05:53pm PT
The Elephant's Perch has some of the best and most beautiful granite on earth, by the way. Terrific setting, Redfish lake below which you cross on boat to get to the climbing. Unbelievably ideal setting.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jun 30, 2015 - 06:06pm PT
NutAgain...the Perch is better than the Hulk if you're a 5.10/11 climber AND fewer people, shorter approach and far better camping.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Wyoming
  Jun 30, 2015 - 06:27pm PT
Yeah, J-Do.

It is the closest I have ever seen to an ideal situation in normal altitude. More like a fantasy than what is usually somehow crummy in some ways.
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Author's Reply  Jun 30, 2015 - 08:07pm PT
Yea absolutely an alpine "vacation" if I've ever experienced one.

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/direct-beckey/105996498
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Jun 30, 2015 - 08:21pm PT
Donini always has to hate on the Hulk when the Perch comes up!

Nice TR
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
  Jun 30, 2015 - 08:35pm PT
Grinning from ear to ear. Thanks. Nice photos.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jun 30, 2015 - 08:40pm PT
I love the Hulk....the Perch just has more climbs that are still in my range. The two stand as the best alpine rock crags in America.
Mark Force

Trad climber
Ashland, Oregon
  Jul 1, 2015 - 07:34am PT
Thanks for an absolutely beautiful report! Thanks for the photos, too. The climb is now on my list (hey, what's a little French free between friends?).
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
  Jul 1, 2015 - 07:43am PT
That all sounds, and looks, fantastic!
Thanks for the TR.
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
  Jul 1, 2015 - 09:15am PT
THAT'S the stuff!!! Good job! Except for my lack of climbing skills, that's my kind of place.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Boise, ID
  Jul 1, 2015 - 09:17am PT
Love The Perch.
Jeff G

Trad climber
Fort Collins
  Jul 1, 2015 - 11:17am PT
pazreal

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Jul 1, 2015 - 07:13pm PT
It was an amazing trip up there. Greg hatched this idea for us and it proved so good that I'm heading back again for the long weekend!
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Jul 1, 2015 - 09:17pm PT
Fair enough Jim!
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Jul 2, 2015 - 06:28am PT
Good work lad! Sorry to have missed you at "The City." Don't forget to do some adjacent climbs like "The Tusk."



Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Author's Reply  Jul 2, 2015 - 11:04am PT
FRITZ! That's on the docket for next time. We got some rudimentary beta on it, and it looks great.
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