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We'd just climbed the "Back in the Saddle" (northeast) slide on Saddleback and wanted one more climb; Gothics West Face slabs looked gnarly. A bit over 600' of elevation gain on steep terrain was the perfect end to our day. For those who are familiar with Gothics, this face is just to the right of the cable route if looking at it from Saddleback Mountain.
The red line is for photo inset reference ONLY, not as a defined route; conditions change by day.
More text and photos at: http://www.summitpost.org/winter-on-gothics-west-face-and-saddleback-s-… or www.mackenziefamily.com/46/46r.html on the Slides and Bushwhacks page.