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Gilligan's Island (a.k.a. The Alcove) Rock Climbing 


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Description 

This is a nice little island crag that offers some nice moderate climbing away from the crowds and lookey-lous typically encountered at Diablo. The rock is good and offers both sun and shade for whatever season you are there. There are great views from on top of the island. Some guide books have referred to this as the Alcove. The crux used to be getting off of the island, which is no longer required.

Getting There 

Same approach as for The Grotto but continue up The Grotto on a talus field and veer to the west at The Grotto's exit. Continue to the top of this little mesa which is the top of The Grotto's West Wall. Then scramble across and down into another talus gully where the east facing side of Gilligan's Island can be viewed.

Climbing Season

For the The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notch) area.

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For Gilligan's Island (a.k.a. The Alcove)
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill rappelling the route.

Exit Arête 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  New Mexico : Santa Fe Area : ... : Gilligan's Island (a.k.a. T...
Tricky hide and seek arête climbing on very good stone. Start up with a hand crack and some layback moves past the first two bolts to a fine rest on a good ledge. Positive holds lead to the third bolt and then it gets tricky. The crux is getting to the fourth bolt but the climbing stays interesting past the fifth bolt and to the anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Chris Wenker
From: Santa Fe
May 8, 2008
"Some guide books have referred to this as the Alcove."

All the guides that I can find designate this as the Alcove; e.g., Beverly (2006:214,224,230), Bradshaw ( losalamos.com/diablo/Beyond_Gr... and losalamos.com/diablo/Alcove.as... ), and Kodas ( vainokodas.com/climbing/nmrout... ), although Jackson (2006) leaves the crag unnamed. Why the break with historical precedent?
By Karl Kiser
Mar 6, 2009
Generally two groups developed climbs at Diablo in the 1990s. This explains the double naming pattern. The person who publishes first seems to establish the name.

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