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The Opportunist 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Fred Knapp could tell you
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Oct 11, 2003

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Slightly mis-angled.


This route starts 10 feet left of Knot Head in the Dune alcove. It is the third bolted line left of Dune, and doesn't appear in the Van Horn or Knapp guidebooks.

Climb the steep dark face to the anchors. Staying to the right of the bolts is easier, but following the bolt line more directly is also possible.

Sustained and interesting climbing; an excellent warm-up route.

Per Nate Oakes: this is pretty sustained - I didn't feel like there was a definite crux anywhere on this route. There are plenty of crimper ledges all the way up, as well as good feet. Watch for a little rubble on the ledges starting about halfway up. There is a great view at the top!

Eds. this is a combination of submissions that were for the same route. The newer submission's content was moved to this page.


Per Nate Oakes: once you hit the crag, go uphill (to the right) past 15 or so routes. This one is 2 to the left of Phase Dance, a 12a with two roofs that lies almost in the corner of a prominent alcove.


9 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

Photos of The Opportunist Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber: Jake. Route: Opportunist.
Climber: Jake. Route: Opportunist.
Rock Climbing Photo: Opportunist climbs the face left of the crack, usi...
Opportunist climbs the face left of the crack, usi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Route.
Rock Climbing Photo: "Opportunist" follows crack on left. &qu...
BETA PHOTO: "Opportunist" follows crack on left. &qu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Christa Cline near the top of the route.
Christa Cline near the top of the route.

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By Michael Amato
Oct 18, 2004
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

An excellent warm-up, passes a series of ledges for about 80 ft.
By Livia
From: Moose Jaw, SK
Feb 13, 2006

I believe this is called "The Opportunist" in the new Knapp book and follows the larger of the two cracks in the photo I submitted. The route to the right starting on the much smaller crack (10 black coldshuts to 2 bolt anchor) is called "Enterprise" (rated 5.9+ in same).
By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 10, 2006

Nice long warm up climb!
By Casey Flynn
From: Boulder, CO
Mar 31, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Grade 5, eh?
By Kenny P
From: Woodland Park
Oct 17, 2012

I was here on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012; the second to last bolt is missing the hanger.
By Matthew Coye
From: Frisco, Colorado
Nov 27, 2012

Took this one for a warm-up and was fairly surprised to see the hanger missing on the last bolt...gotta start reading these comments!
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
Mar 7, 2013

The last hanger is still missing 3/5/13, all it needs is the hanger and a nut for a wedge bolt. The bolts still appears to be sound.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Mar 29, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

I took the opportunity today to put a hanger on the last bolt. The existing bolt appears solid, sound, and not corroded.
By D. Scott Clark
From: Boulder
Jun 13, 2016

Badly bolted, almost every clip was below my waist and 3 feet left of the holds for no apparent reason.
By Steven Bogacz
Oct 10, 2016

I thought this was a great warm-up. I agree that the bolting was at times a little bizarre, further left than what felt like the obvious line. That said, there's nothing particularly complicated about the climb, so it wasn't too bad. The climbing itself is quite fun.
By Parker Wrozek
From: Denver, CO
Mar 12, 2017

The bolting is fine and good on the route. Stay on the bolt line, and it all feels right. If you want to climb the crack to the right, just bring your rack.

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