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Scramble to the Three Gossips

The Three Gossips is a rock formation close to the main park road in the Courthouse Towers area of Arches National Park, They have been photographed by thousands of visitors who stop at viewpoints along the park road.

But as with other features of the landscape, I wanted to see the Three Gossips from an unusual angle. The motivation for doing so came from my seeing photos taken by a former PBase member. She and friends had climbed up to the plateau just west of the Three Gossips and had lunch there. Her photos mesmerized me, causing another case of landscape lust. I had to see the Gossips from that plateau. These photos document my scrambling trip to the plateau.

The number of photos here belie the trouble I had in reaching the plateau---it took me four attempts to get there. On the first attempt I reached a dead end. The second time I had to abort the scramble because of the possibility of lightning. The third attempt used a different route that got too scary for me to complete. On the fourth trip I was successful.

These photos are from those attempts and were uploaded from Moab after very little editing.

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 Bland person on colorful sandstone
Bland person on colorful sandstone
Climber atop the The Penguins
Climber atop the The Penguins
Climber atop the The Penguins
Climber atop the The Penguins
20120915_3034...A guy, numerous boulders, and Three Penguins
20120915_3034...A guy, numerous boulders, and Three Penguins
The Penguins and Visitors' Center from near top of scrambling route
The Penguins and Visitors' Center from near top of scrambling route
Resting on a boulder
Resting on a boulder
Lines formed by deposition of sand (much of the terrain around Moab is the result of sand deposition)
Lines formed by deposition of sand (much of the terrain around Moab is the result of sand deposition)
Landscape atop the plateau west of the Three Gossips
Landscape atop the plateau west of the Three Gossips
A garden within a bowl, next to a scary drop-off
A garden within a bowl, next to a scary drop-off
Success!!!---the Three Gossips (middle left) from the vantage point I sought
Success!!!---the Three Gossips (middle left) from the vantage point I sought
Achieving harmony with the landscape
Achieving harmony with the landscape
Babelonia
Babelonia