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Bomber Mountain, East Face, Left Snow Gully and Central Arête

In late June, Rex Hoff and Gale Long climbed the left gully of the two prominent gullies which ascend from the cirque below the east face of Bomber Mountain to the southeast ridge of the mountain (NCCS II, F3). Having heard their optimistic reports about this cirque, a group of five returned to make an attempt at the east face. On July 21 Art Bloom, Howard Bussey, Rex Hoff, Bill Lindberg and I made the first ascent of the central arête of the east face. This enjoyable climb, which was interrupted by a violent hail storm, involved 15 pitches of moderate difficulty ending with several moves of direct aid on the summit block. NCCS III, F7, A2.