East Face Gully aka Silk Road
WI3 M5 R
Avg: 2.9 from 25 votes
|Type:||Mixed, Ice, 600 ft, 5 pitches, Grade III|
|Page Views:||8,677 total, 65/month|
|Shared By:||Ben Collett on Jan 12, 2007|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis route climbs the gully on the far right side of the east face of the First Flatiron. In excellent condition, this route would be trivial, however more normal conditions will require some rock climbing, some sketchy climbing on snice, some thin ice and some proper mixed climbing. Figure out how to get off the ground and into the bottom of the gully. Cruise up this with little in the way of protection until you reach a nice big patch of shady snow where the gully widens. A rock belay can be found here. The next pitch may well be the crux. Climb up a right-facing corner with some thin ice and to a belay at a tree. Pull past this tree into another snowpatch. From here, we climbed into the corner on the right side of the gully and rock climbed easily to the top. From the top of the gully, one may continue to the top of the 1st Flatiron or just drop over the other side of the ridge and walk back down.
All in all, this is a satisfying Flatiron experience.