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Argon Tower on the left with the Tower of Babel in...

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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 Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Argon Tower:
West Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Ian McAlexander on the first pitch.

West Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  UT : Moab Area : ... : Argon Tower
If you free this route, you are a true desert free climber.Pitch 1 Climb a thin crack in a right facing corner to a ledge. There used to be an anchor here but it has been stripped of its hangers. Continue up the crack as it widens from #3 to #4.5 Camalot over the next 50 feet and belay at a fixed anchor in the alcove. (5.11 or C1)Pitch Two Wiggle out the bombay chimney and continue up the crack passing some less than stellar rock along the way. Belay at the fixed anchor on the s...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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There is an interesting move on the approach.   St...
There is an interesting move on the approach. St...
Paul Ross and Jimmy Dunn on the summit about 2001
Paul Ross and Jimmy Dunn on the summit about 2001
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
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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