Easy Gully Buttress Rock Climbing
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DescriptionWhile Easy may be in the name of this gully's buttress, easy is not the main adjective to describe the established lines here. With no route under 5.9+, it's clear that it is not a destination for inexperienced climbers (if the additional complications of the alpine-esque experience of Smuggler's Notch were not enough...)
The rock is generally sound and is similar to the nearby climbing in the Bolton area. However, since these routes see little traffic comparatively do not expect the same experience as a developed and trafficked crag like Lower/Upper West. Holds will be dirty, there will be loose rock, etc.
Getting ThereFrom the main parking area and the stone hut at the left (towards Stowe) end, hike steeply uphill for 5-10 minutes trending left of a clear gully and veering to avoid the steepest areas. This will eventually spit you out on a platform of large boulders in a wide open gully. From here you will have a clear view of the cliff. Hike up the loose scree/talus in the gully picking the easiest line (generally staying to the left). One you're approximately 150ft from the right side of the buttress, look for a boulder about the size of a couch on the left side of the gully. Immediately before the boulder you should find a faint trail that leads up through the vegetated ridge that extends down from the right side of the buttress. this will lead you to an exposed slide and the cliff in the area of Leaver Beaver. Contour the cliff to reach the lines to the left of this.
Classic Climbing Routes at Easy Gully Buttress
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