Went out for a "casual" day in Huntington on Sunday. Had never done Odell's and hadn't done anyting the Ravine yet this year. Thought it would be a n(ice) day out. Anyway, with snow, breaking trail and lots of frozen rope( all I could do to get ropes thru ATC ), it was a little more sloggish than anticipated.
Anyway, what is the preferred exit? We ended up going up the left gully as I sent up one of our party while I was cleaning up the last anchor. It was a little hard to see and they yelled down that it looked okay left and right the visibility made it hard to tell. We decided to head left , with both of the other two in our party up ahead of me. I wasn't super psyched to see how steep it was once I got up to it.
It was a SLOG. Lots of two steps up and three down and waist deep snow as you plunged thru. F-in cold and was very happy to get to the wind gusts on the Alpine Garden as the sun dipped over the ridge.