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Central Gully Mt. Washinton
While not real steep (except for the exit) central gully offers a great introduction to the alpine climbers experience. The exit this day was tricky due to the high angle and being filled with fresh snow. Located in Mt. Washingtons Huntington Ravine. The Gully can have sections of over 50ft of PURE ICE. as shown

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mattnolandgood shot

mattnoland

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Photos that really show the climbing are the most helpful. Thanks for sharing it.
Posted Aug 19, 2007 9:01 am

eric bRe: good shot

eric b

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Well after reading the route page here I thought it might be helpful so someone doesn't approach it as a "simple snow gully" then end up over their heads. But in all fairness to the author it can be bypassed depending on the weather conditons especially the snowfall. For anyone with even a little ice experience it would be deemed 'SIMPLE'
Posted Aug 19, 2007 10:40 pm

fridayRe: good shot

friday

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I almost made that mistake in thinking that it was a simple snow gully. Based on the article, it does leave that impression. A few experienced climbers quickly talked me out of heading towards the gully. At first, I was resistant. But, they eventually talked me into doing Lions Head (winter route) with them. Having absolutely no prior ice experience, I would have definitely been over my head, and probably in a position that would have prevented me from typing this reply. Lions Head was still quite a blast of fun.
Posted Mar 16, 2008 11:38 pm

eric bRe: good shot

eric b

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It really is "simple" to an experienced climber but you probably did choose wisely. You can go around the ice patches to the right (as you are climbing up) but that depends upon how full the gully is. Lions Head was my first winter ascent route there and the 2 steep sections are a great intro to some basic moutaineering techniques. Going over to Huntington for decent via the Escape Hatch is a great place to practice glissading (depending on conditions).
Posted Mar 17, 2008 8:40 am

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eric bSubmitted by eric b
on Sep 26, 2006 3:22 pm

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Object Title: Central Gully Mt. Washinton

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