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Ophir

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Cracked Canyon 
Ophir Wall 

Ophir Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 37.856, -107.8312 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Leo Paik on Mar 21, 2006
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Description 

Ophir contains multiple areas. This is a shell to help organize this.

Note, this layer of organization was submitted to help with the way the database is structured during a restructuring of the database a while back. There's a bit of history in going from a school project to the MP.com of today. Now, you have to have similarly structured objects at the same level of organization, otherwise the restructuring doesn't work well

In particular, the better known crags here are Ophir Wall and Cracked Canyon. The Ophir Wall, tucked in a pretty nook, offers nearly a hundred routes on granitic rock up to 600 feet long and difficulties from 5.7 to 5.14c using both gear and bolts for protection. Cracked Canyon has 50ish routes in the 5.4 to 5.11+ range of difficulty in an amazing setting for climbing rock or ice. There are other smaller crags in the area that are not listed here.

So, any one who wants to take on this section (along with any other sections that are similarly not fleshed in) can contact me/us and I/we can reassign it to you to help fill it in! Thanks!

Getting There 

Ophir is near Telluride & Ouray. Go South from Telluride on CO Hwy 145 and then East on Ophir Road.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.9 miles from here

89 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',23],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',26],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',6],['5.8',14],['5.9',16],['5.10',22],['5.11',12],['5.12',6],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ophir

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ophir:
Easy Money   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cracked Canyon
Pirouette   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cracked Canyon
Chewbacca   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Cracked Canyon
Blue Moon   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Hot Wee Wee   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Comes a Time   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Air Arete   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X     TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Cracked Canyon
Free Box   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cracked Canyon
Feeling Edgy   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Orange Peel   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cracked Canyon
Cheeseburger in Paradise   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Dr. Gizmo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Y-Crack   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Cello   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cracked Canyon
Javelin   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Cracked Canyon
Where Eagles Dare   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Cracked Canyon
Tick Fever   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Cracked Canyon
Goldrush   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Ophir Wall : East Buttress
White Salamander   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
Savelli Express   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 8 pitches, 600'   Ophir Wall : Main Wall
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Featured Route For Ophir
Rock Climbing Photo: Cheeseburger in Paradise, 5.10+ PG-13.

Cheeseburger in Paradise 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  CO : Telluride/Norwood area : ... : Main Wall
This consists of steep and spicy face climbing on traditional gear. No walk in the park, this climb is pumpy and committing from bottom to top. Tricky, balancy climbing with few places for gear leads to an awkward crack higher. Cheeseburger gives you the classic Ophir experience of making hard moves facing a good-sized fall. Some might find it hard not to overgrip, and as such, it's as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical exercise. I'd say 5.10 doesn't get much better than this fo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Rob Kepley
From: Westminster,CO
Apr 12, 2009
If people are going to add an entire area to the database, I wish they would offer up more info. Seems like some just jump at the chance to add an area so they score MP points.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 12, 2009
Rob -- Leo Paik, an MP.com administrator, added Ophir as part of the reorganization of Colorado by geographical area several years ago. This was done to improve the organization of the Colorado route database, not to "score points." I'm sure that Leo would have provided better info if he were more familiar with the Ophir area.

If you have better info for Ophir, please add it as a comment, or contact Leo to have it incorporated into the area description.
By ozman
From: CO / NM
Jun 25, 2012
Why isn't the Darkside on here? If the locals don't want it posted okay, but if there is no objection then I'll put it up. Sound off.
By Mike Walley
From: Louisville, CO
Sep 4, 2013
Ophir is South of Telluride and past Mountain Village and not on the way to Ouray. Go South from Telluride on CO Hwy 145 and then East on Ophir Road. You can't miss seeing the big rock face towering above you.