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Argon Tower Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.63325, -109.60195 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    A fine looking 250' tower on the west side of the north end of Courthouse Wash. Argon is a couple of hundred yards south of the Three Gossips. Routes face north and west.

    This tower looks better than it climbs. The rock is worse than that of the Gossips -- sandy and soft. A trigger broke on a unit after we placed it; were able to remove the piece by cutting away the surrounding rock with a penknife.

    Getting There 

    Start at the parking lot at the north end of the Courthouse Wash (Broadway) trail. Take the trail for a few minutes until abeam Argon. Follow intermittent climbers' trails, countouring around the north end of the tower, bypassing the bottom part of the tower and ending up at a bench on the west side of the tower. Ten to fifteen minutes from the parking lot.

    Climbing Season

    For the Arches National Park area.

    Weather station 1.4 miles from here

    2 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Argon Tower

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Argon Tower:
    West Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
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    Featured Route For Argon Tower
    Rock Climbing Photo: North Northeast.  Dave Evans on the big ledge. Pho...

    North Northeast 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  UT : Moab Area : ... : Argon Tower
    This would be a good climb if it were on decent rock. Otherwise, it's a weak one star, but more or less worthwhile from the adventure standpoint. It supposedly goes free; we employed some sort of trickery on every pitch. The unreliable nature of the "stone" discourages any kind of bold free climbing.The route climbs the leftmost line on the north end of the tower.From the ledge on the west side of the tower, spot a set slings 20' up on at the far left side of the west face.P1 40' 5....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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    There is an interesting move on the approach. St...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Ross and Jimmy Dunn on the summit about 2001
    Paul Ross and Jimmy Dunn on the summit about 2001
    Rock Climbing Photo: Full Team 2001 Mr and Mrs Dunn .. Chamonix Guide ....
    Full Team 2001 Mr and Mrs Dunn .. Chamonix Guide ....

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    By KalebN
    Jan 8, 2012
    really soft had a perfectly placed yellow alien almost skid right out of the crack on pitch 3 when I weighted it
    Rock Climbing Photo: on top
    on top
    By Princess Mia
    From: Vail
    Apr 29, 2012
    Super fun, super sandy, super chossy, super scary!!! A true entrada sandstone tower.

    Warning!!!!!! the top pitch is super X-rated. Someone needs to replace the old star driven bolt that is hanging out 3/4 of an inch (and it is the only pro on the pitch). A fall on this uber sandy friction slab would have deadly consequences. The summit could use one more bolt as well. There is one good one right now and three totally pulled out star driven old manky bolts.

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