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5.12b, Sport, 80 ft,  Avg: 3.7 from 9 votes
FA: Antoine Savelli
Colorado > Telluride/Norwo… > Ophir > Ophir Wall > East Buttress


This is as good as sport climbing gets in the Telluride area. Starting already one pitch off the deck, cast off from a ledge halfway up a beautiful, unyielding wall. Goldrush can be characterized as pure endurance climbing. From overhanging jug hauling low on the route, the grips get smaller, and the climb lessens in angle. A long crux of sidepulling and gastoning at the top is tiring, and the final moves to the anchor are quite testing to those who lack impeccable technique.

Note: sometimes you'll find a fixed rope in the way, wieghted by a rock. Move it aside (easy to do) and leave it alone. These ropes serve as protection to those who rope solo in this area for a workout. When you're done, make sure you leave the ropes as they were.


Goldrush is located in the "Jungle Gym" on the East Buttress. To gain the start, you must climb either one of two approach pitches, at 5.10: Block Party or Yellow Latex Blues.



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Gold Rush, 5.12b (sport), Ophir, CO.
[Hide Photo] Gold Rush, 5.12b (sport), Ophir, CO.
Gold Rush 5.12-, Ophir, CO.

Photo credit: Walker Brice.
[Hide Photo] Gold Rush 5.12-, Ophir, CO. Photo credit: Walker Brice.

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Ross Perrot
[Hide Comment] The starting flake could come off, so don't crank too hard when you step off the deck. Unrelenting moves for the last 30-40 feet. The pump is REAL! Sep 20, 2016
paul pierce
[Hide Comment] Good, sustained climbing! Mar 18, 2018