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Elephant Head Gully 

WI3+

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

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Description 

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).

Location 

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.

Protection 

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
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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

Robert,
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 far comparison because things there are on the stout side. Still, I think 3+ is fairly generous.
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