The Tusk by Ray Brooks

Elevation: 9,520 ft
Prominence: 60

This formation is not in the book.


The Tusk is an enticing spire, located just south of the Elephant’s Perch. I climbed it twice back in the mid-1970’s. I think these photo were taken on my second climb of it, in 1975 with Harry Bowron & Chris Puchner. I had climbed it a few years earlier with Harry Bowron.

Here’s a photo of Elephant’s Perch from the top of Goat Peak. I think? The Tusk is the second pinnacle to the right of The Perch. The white line on the perch is my route Pachydermial Pleasantries. Ray Brooks Photo

Here’s a photo of Elephant’s Perch from the top of Goat Peak. I think? The Tusk is the second pinnacle to the right of The Perch. The white line on the perch is my route Pachydermial Pleasantries. Ray Brooks Photo

This photo shows what is probably close to the route we did on The Tusk, but I just don’t know after all these years. Ray Brooks Photo

This photo shows what is probably close to the route we did on The Tusk, but I just don’t know after all these years. Ray Brooks Photo

Length & difficulty. I don’t remember how many leads. The Mountain Project website states the route is three pitches. That does not sound right.   I think it is at least four to the top of The Tusk & then rather than rappel, we kept climbing along the up & down ridgeline to the highpoint, or near the highpoint, where we could then mostly walk off the mountain. We called it 5.8, but the second time we did it, I was having a very good day and led a more direct variation that our climbing star Harry could barely follow and Chris couldn’t follow. YDS 5.9?   Who knows?

Per the red line, we hiked up a gully & then worked left to where the line starts up again. That was the first pitch & the below photo of Harry is on that crux pitch. Ray Brooks Photo

Per the red line, we hiked up a gully & then worked left to where the line starts up again. That was the first pitch & the below photo of Harry is on that crux pitch. Ray Brooks Photo

Chris following that lead. Ray Brooks Photo

Chris following that lead. Ray Brooks Photo

Harry climbing above. Ray Brooks Photo

Harry climbing above. Ray Brooks Photo

 

Mountain Range: Sawtooth Range

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