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Central Gully

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Footprints S 
Helicopter Effect T 
Magali's Arete S 
Objectivist Tendencies T 
Rational Expectations S 
Seven Steps to Heaven S 
Snickerdoodle S 
Spontaneous Order S 
Straight, No Chaser T 
Tee it Up, Cupcake S 

Central Gully Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Jan 22, 2008

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The Central Gully of the Fortress has a very different character than the Right-side Gully. Whereas the Right-side is massive and towering (with 3 huge peaks looming overhead) as well as steep and loose, the Central Gully is low-angle and comfortable. The Central Gully is actually quite pretty. The routes in the Central Gully are also more moderate in nature.

Getting There 

The best way to access the Central Gully is to climb Footprints and then walk uphill to the base of Snickerdoodle or Blue In Green.

To move from the top of Snickerdoodle over to the base of Rational Expectations & Magali's Arete, one must rappel about 30 feet, step across a chimney and then scramble for a few feet. It is actually easier to rappel to the base of Snickerdoodle and then climb Blue In Green to reach the start of Rational Expectations & Magali's Arete.

For a detailed photo of the Central Gully that includes climbing and rappel routes, click here

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Central Gully

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Gully:
Rational Expectations   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 60'   
Magali's Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 75'   
Snickerdoodle   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Seven Steps to Heaven   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   
Spontaneous Order   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 4 pitches, 350'   
Straight, No Chaser   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 100'   
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Featured Route For Central Gully
Rock Climbing Photo: Romain & Alberto on the stunning summit of "S...

Seven Steps to Heaven 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  California : Central Coast : ... : Central Gully
Short but AWESOME route up the summit block above Rational Expectations & Magali's Arete. The crux is just below the second bolt (and is VERY well protected). The crux involves smearing your feet on the featureless face to the left of the arete. Following the crux, make a big move on the steepest part of the arete (5.9) and continue up the arete to the top.A fantastic summit awaits you!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Jesse Groves sits atop the spectacular summit of S...
Jesse Groves sits atop the spectacular summit of S...
Rock Climbing Photo: Patty Fienup relaxes on "Lunch Ledge," m...
Patty Fienup relaxes on "Lunch Ledge," m...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jesse Groves rappels west, into the Right-Side Gul...
Jesse Groves rappels west, into the Right-Side Gul...
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BETA PHOTO: The following photo depicts a highly-recommended c...
Rock Climbing Photo: Central Gully, right side.
BETA PHOTO: Central Gully, right side.
Rock Climbing Photo: Central gully routes
BETA PHOTO: Central gully routes
Rock Climbing Photo: Central Gully climbing and rappel routes.
BETA PHOTO: Central Gully climbing and rappel routes.

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By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Apr 1, 2008
On April 1, Jesse Groves and I climbed an awesome circuit that began in the Central Gully and finished in the Right-Side Gully. We started on Footprints, at the base of the Central Gully, and climbed 4 pitches to the top of Seven Steps (with one rappel/scramble to link Snickerdoodle to Rational Expectations). From the summit of Seven Steps, we rappelled West into the Right-Side Gully by descending to the base of Adaptive Expectations.

This circuit was an awesome tour of the Fortress and is highly recommended to anyone. For a photo/topo, click here

UPDATE: My recommendation has been superseded by the completion of Spontaneous Order which was made possible by Romain's excellent route "Blue In Green."

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