In December 2005, Seth and I decided to go at Elephant Heads West Gully Mountaineering route. I felt Seth should have the lead since it was his first time in the Gully. This kept the climbing new and took us in to some uncharted - unclimbed territory! Pending a detailed description from Seth, it will suffice to say that we ventured out of the traditional Gully to the RIGHT, and wound up climbing some excellent faces. (Unprotected strenuous 5.9 on in a couple spots, so Seth gets the medal for rope-gun bravery!) Our favorite pitch we refer to as "The Prescription Pitch" which goes at 5.9+ R/X. After difficult to protect, but FUN 5.8+ climbing, slabby commiting face moves at the top with poor protection below make the exit moves something you'll probbably only want to do once. We waypointed belays at several pitches, and if I can ever find them on my computer I'll be posting those with some pictures of the route... We didn't take many, but it will always be a vivid adventure remembered in our minds' eye!
See the Elephant Head section on Getting There. (Standard West Gully Approach)
Way points and a detailed description from the leader coming soon.
A standard rack and lots of water.
""Oh Earth, What changes hast though seen? There where the long street roars, has been the stillness of the centural seas. The hills are shadows, and they melt from form to form and nothing stands. They melt like mists, the solid lands. Like clouds they shape themselves, and go.""
--Tennison (My best recollection.)