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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 16, 2005
|Bill Kees is the man.|
By Anonymous Coward
Sep 10, 2005
"Ophir ", in terms of climbing, generally refers to 3 main areas. The Ophir Wall, which is the prominent face you'll see from the road, The Dark Side which is made up of many smaller cliffs directly opposite The Ophir Wall, and Cracked Canyon, a moderately steep canyon a few hundred yards east of The Ophir Wall. The approaches to these three areas are very different and I would recommend asking a local or consulting one of the guidebooks (as of this fall the third should be out) for advice.
Often described as loose, chossy, etc. the area does offer a good variety of climbs up to about 5 pitches with some good, dense cragging in Cracked Canyon. I would guess that at least half of the 200+ climbs in the area are well worth doing. Besides many good climbs the place has a great history with routes put up by Robbins, Barber, Long, L. Hill, C. Fowler, A. Savelli, M. Wilford just to name a few. And of course Bill Kees, who was correctly identified as "the man" by previous AC. Of course with a crew like this putting up the routes the warning sign should be flashing "stiff ratings, at times runout".
Beautiful setting. Have fun.
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 26, 2007
|Is there a good guidebook for this place? Can you get it in Telluride?|
From: Golden, Colorado
Jun 20, 2009
|Guidebook is "Telluride Rock", you can find it at Jagged Edge in Telluride.|
By chris Kalous
Sep 1, 2009
Went to the Ophir wall for the first time, pretty specifically to do Ophir Broke among others. I was very psyched to see and try this test-piece. My favorite part? Hiking up to see an old ratty fixed line on the route. No wait, I think repeatedly batting it out of the way while pumped silly leading the upper part was even better.
Look, mini-traxioning is all the craze with the friendless, but if you have a training route you want to leave a cord on, don't pick the area's most noteworthy and proud test-piece. Only an ego maniac would think its okay to impinge on another's experience like that. At least leave it set up as a top-rope so anybody could pull it to get it out of the way.
Otherwise, Ophir Wall and Cracked Canyon both are awesome. Did not find the grades super stiff (is there a backwater area that doesn't claim this?) Better be good with your gear to safely lead some of the harder trad pitches, though.