I can't recall the route precisely but didn't the first pitch end on a ledge above the gully with a couple of moves (on the right hand wall) to surmount an overhang? Beckey describes the spot as using "aid on a vertical piton".
Maybe we did it that way, but I'm pretty sure when I did it with Jeff & Howard we ended the 1st pitch in the gully. Let's leave this discussion here in hopes someone will set us straight. I'll add that high handhold you reminded me about, though.