argonaut peak (8457')
7 / 31 / 2021
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It’s a shame I don’t remember more of my climb up Argonaut peak. Due to some serious life happenings, I lost my motivation to create this site for a time.
After nearly 2 years since I made the climb up Argonaut, there are a few things that really stick in my mind.
The first several miles are just a cross country slog to the bottom of the peak. The way to the climbing route up Argonaut is undefined at best. The scramble is straightforward at first, but then it gets to the good part.
The last 200-300 feet up this peak really pushes the Boundary between scrambling and rock climbing. It’s damn near vertical in spots and one move will never leave my mind. It is a single step about an arms width from safety. The rock has multiple rappel anchors left behind and I’ve read others say they put themselves on belay to cross it.
Spots like these really make it clear how ambitious my goal of soloing the Bulgers really is. That move was down right scary. The fall is at least 60ft. The rock below is sharp and being alone meant no one was coming for me if I slipped. I had not seen a single other person all day. That one move is one I will never forget on this journey to solo the Bulgers.
If are working towards climbing the Bulger peaks, here are my takes on the climbs of Cannon Mountain Mount Stuart, Little Annapurna, Colchuck, Dragontail, Cashmere, McClellan Peak, and Enchantment Peak.