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The Gargoyle

The Gargoyle  

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Submitted By: coldclimb on May 24, 2010


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A very fun formation of massive boulders jumbled together almost at the top of a ridgeline overlooking Archangel Valley. One huge block shoots out from the mountain at an angle and looms surrealistically over the hillside, giving the area its name. The location high and on a slightly western aspect means this wall will keep the sunlight long after every other wall is in the dark, but the approach is a little more involved than most.

Getting There 

Head to the end of Archangel Road. Anywhere in the last mile or so would be a fine place to park. On your way up the last bit of road, keep an eye on the ridgeline to your right, high up and maybe a little past halfway to the peak. The formation is a cluster of larger rocks with some decent faces visible. The classic "Gargoyle" feature isn't silhouetted from here, but it is impressively obvious when looking back at it from the Monolith. There is no trail yet, so wander across the tundra and snowfields and up the bouldery slope to get there.

Climbing Season

For the Archangel Valley Sport and Traditional Climbing area.

Weather station 15.6 miles from here

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