Post Office Crack
Avg: 1.1 from 8 votes
|Type:||Trad, 500 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||unknown, approx. 1972 ??|
|Page Views:||1,648 total · 10/month|
|Shared By:||Anonymous Coward on Dec 31, 2004|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionThis is a good landmark for orienting yourself when climbing on the Ophir Wall. The route follows the prominent chimney system which is a few hundred feet right of the center of the Ophir Wall and is almost directly uphill from the Ophir Post Office - hence the name. (But do not approach from the post office, the house behind it is privately owned. The parking pullout is a couple hundred feet left, west, of the post office.) Pitch one is clean, long and good and many parties climb just this pitch. The upper pitches wander a bit and go through some loose blocks that are a little spooky. Wear a helmet.
1) Climb cracks and chimney for 150 feet. A short squeeze section at about 80 feet is probably the crux of the entire climb. After exiting the chimney an anchor can be found out right on the large ledge. If continuing up, arranging a belay at the base of the next crack would be advisable. Anchors may have been flattened by rockfall.
2) 120 feet. Climb a good handcrack to easier ground and up into a large roof which is easier than it looks. Continue through some looseness to some old webbing found in a corner which can easily be backed up (or ignored) with some cams.
3) 100 feet. Continue up the corner and through a short offwidth/chimney section. This pitch seems to have a few options but you are aiming for the larger, right-facing corner up higher. There is a large slung block out left at the base of said corner.
4) 100 feet. Climb up the large, corner system. The easiest/most obvious line goes up the face about 5-10 feet out right from the corner. Pitch ends at a slung tree.
The first three pitches all have some 5.8. The fourth is probably 5.7. To descend, traverse 80 feet right (might want to belay) to another anchor and follow bolted rap stations back to the ground. There are a couple different options. 4 raps in all, 2 ropes are needed. Great way to get off the ground but the climbing goes downhill after the first pitch and a half. The first pitch could be used to access the Y-crack by traversing left on the Tennis Shoe Traverse.