All Locations > California > Sierra Eastside > Mammoth Lakes Area > Crystal Crag > alpine / multi-pitch
East Face, Central Gully
Avg: 3.3 from 4 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 300 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||Preston Rhea - 4.10.12|
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|Shared By:||Preston Rhea on Dec 25, 2013|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThe route name accurately describes the route in full: climb the central gully on the east face of Crystal Crag. Beyond the boring name and description, it is a fine winter route on a fun and easily accessible peak. The first known ascent was done in winter conditions so the route description will reflect that.
The route starts immediately with a short step of steep though blocky and moderate rock climbing (5.7). The step gives way to lower angle slabs with more of a "mixed" quality. Above the slabs the upper snowfield can be readily seen. Take a more or less straight line to the summit avoiding rock bands where needed to the south (climber's left).
LocationThe route starts in the gully immediately south (looker's left) of the Schoolboy Buttress. On the right side of the gully is the sport climb Bagpipe, an 8 bolt, 11a that follows a prominent blunt arete left of an overhanging face.
To descend, use the West Face or South Arete routes on Crystal Crag, both in the summer are rated 3rd class.