|The Three Gossips
This route climbs the South Gossip via a crack system on the right side of the west face. Like many of the routes in Arches, the start is soft, sandy, and spooky. Unlike many of the routes in Arches, the rock on the rest of this climb is mostly excellent and almost feels like wingate in places.
Pitch 1 – Climb through the soft rock either in a right facing corner or to the right of the corner. You’re aiming for a wide crack which is followed to a comfortable belay ledge. Belay from a fixed anchor. A variation climbs the thin crack to the right at 5.11d to the same belay. 5.11 or 5.10, C1 (It may even be 5.9 but the start is hard to rate)
Pitch 2 – Step right around a pillar and follow a beautiful crack up an acute dihedral to the base of the summit block. Belay from a fixed anchor on a ledge. 5.11 or 5.9, C1
Pitch 3 - A couple interesting free moves access a bolt ladder which leads to the top. C1
Rappel the Route
Two sets of Camalots including at least one #5 and #6
Runners plus a screamer or two
Aid gear for the third pitch
Ian McAlexander giving me a belay on the first pit...
Ian at the base of the wide section on the first p...
Lisa jugging above a beautifully eroded landscape.
|By Brad Brandewie|
May 24, 2007
We found three fixed ropes on the Gossips when we climbed this route. Lame!
Two of these ropes were fixed all the way to two of the summits.
Even More Lame!
We believe they were left by slackliners.
We removed the rope that was fixed to the top of the South Gossip when we left. If you want your rope back, contact me.
More pictures and a TR at www.piquaclimber.com/past/southgossip/southgossip.htm
Dec 27, 2013
I thought it might be fun to aid solo this route yesterday. I should have looked at the pictures a little better. The majority of the route is a v-slot...or so it seemed. However, it was pretty fun and fairly easy (all but trying to use aiders in the slot. I definitely think it would be more fun to free. It you want to aid the whole route, bring about 6 - 8 #2 camalots, about 5 #1's, 2 or 3 #4's, 2 #5's, a #6, and a I think I used a .75 or a .5 in there somewhere. Had I realized this, I wouldn't have had to slide my 2 #1's and 2 #2's all the way through the third pitch. It sure was exciting though. I would give the route a C1+. All placements are bomber, just a little awkward. It felt really good to see a bolt ladder on on a flat face for the last pitch. I can't wait to go back and free it.