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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Central Gully:
Magali's Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 75'
Rational Expectations 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 60'
Snickerdoodle 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Seven Steps to Heaven 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 50'
Spontaneous Order 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13 Sport, 4 pitches, 350'
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Straight, No Chaser 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b CA : Central Coast : ... : Central Gully
This is a sustained route. The first half goes up a steep part of the wall with small holds. Two distinct cruxes are found passing the third and fourth bolts (5.10c). On the second half, the angle eases up a bit and 5.9 climbing up a right-slanting hand crack leads to two anchor bolts on the right side of the summit triangle. To descend, rappel off to the climber's right, into the central gully....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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