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Routes in Upper Face / Upper Tier

Christening, The T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X
Ground Control T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Salespitch T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Description

This is the "upper Face" (DUH !) of Willard, above the huge tree-ledge and is accessed by climbing any one of the several climbs on the "Main Face". Most climbers who climb the upper face will elect to walk/hike down the hiking path to the road. Thus, plan accordingly with where you park and which approach you use to the Main Slab portion of your climb.

Paul Cormier has done much of the development of the Upper Tier and has posted many of his climbs on "NEClimbs.com". He has also recently added (or given permission to add) a bolt or two to some of these climbs. (e.g. Ground Control) so the run-outs are no longer as terrifying. Thanks Paul !

Getting There

While most climbers would do a route on the Upper Face as a finish to one of the Main Slab climbs, it is possible to reach the level of the huge tree ledge by climbing up Hitchcock Ravine/Gully. While this is the standard descent route for winter ice climbs, it can not be recommended in the summer due to wet, lose rock and the presence of an ENDANGERED SPECIES of flower which can only grow in the limestone rock of this gulley.

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