Tower 1 Gully
Avg: 3.2 from 6 votes
|Type:||Ice, Alpine, 1000 ft, 10 pitches, Grade IV|
|FA:||Ray Jacquot and Bill Lindberg, 1971|
|Page Views:||7,141 total, 56/month|
|Shared By:||Nate Furman on May 2, 2007|
DescriptionThe Tower 1 Gully on Mt. Helen is a beautiful ten-pitch moderate ice route up an ever-narrowing couloir. The top 300 feet provide the crux; the climb steepens up to 60 degrees until the climb tops out in a notch. Climbers will find more snow in the early season (i.e. June/July) and ice later in the season (Aug/early Sept). A final pitch of rock (about 5.5) will take climbers to the top of Tower One. The view from the top-out is breathtaking.
The first five pitches of the climb are quite moderate; when the route is about half way completed it gradually begins to steepen.