kozman18 wrote:Heading to Huntington Ravine for some ice climbing at the end of January. For part of the trip, we are planning to climb up one of the gullies and continue past the Alpine Garden and descend into the Great Gulf. Overnight in the Gulf – then climb the headwall of the Gulf to the summit of Washington.
Anyone climbed the Gulf headwall in the winter? I’ve been up it in the fall (wet/ice/but no snow). Obviously, the conditions (weather and snow) are key. Just wondering what to expect in general. We will have our climbing gear with us if needed (since we ascended one of the Huntington ice climbs).
Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
My overall sense is that going down something potentially questionable, especially in winter conditions and in a rather remote location that usually sees little traffic that time of year, without having first gone up it to assess the situation, is a bit of a risky proposition. As Natreb correctly points out, avy forecasts for Huntington may not always apply for the Great Gulf. Having never done the Great Gulf in the winter either, I will say that if I were to do it - which, by the way, is definitely on my list of possible objectives for this season - I would do it as an overnight trip via the Great Gulf trail, camping near Spaulding Lake. Admittedly, in my case my this has partly to do with the fact that I've already been to Huntington quite a few times, and would prefer making the winter Gulf its own adventure - which, from everything I've heard, it deserves. Anyway, just some food for thought...either way, good luck and enjoy!