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Elephant Head Gully 


Type:  Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Original: WI3+ [details]
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Submitted By: J. Albers on Dec 26, 2009

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Can you spot the elephant's head?


Nice route if you have limited time. Probably WI3 to 3+ depending on whether you finish on the right or left side.

Descend by rappelling once down the route from the trees (there is usually a webbing anchor at the top, but it might be wise to bring some extra webbing just in case).


Obvious gully starting within the road cut at the top of Crawford Notch. The gully is on the right hand side of the road as you drive up from the Frankenstein area. Park as for other Mount Willard climbs. The approach takes about 3 minutes from the parking area.


Generally thick ice that takes good screws. You can set an anchor in the trees at the top.

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By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Jan 20, 2015
rating: WI3+

The consensus is pretty strong on 3+; many have felt it is more difficult than it looks.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Apr 20, 2015

To be honest with you, I gave this route 3+ only because of the book consensus. I would have given it 3- tops if it was just me. In places like Cody, this would not get a 3...though I'm not sure that Cody is a fair comparison because things there are on the stout side. Still, I think 3+ is fairly generous.
By Phinn
From: Massachusetts
Feb 18, 2016

In the gunks this would only be 5.5....

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