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Opal North (1 of 6)Author:
Sunday, February 05, 2006 06:08 PM
Topic: Opal North (2 of 6)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Sunday, February 05, 2006 08:02 PM
Good job, Vern. I would think that steep slope up to the ridge would be miserable with slippery snow patches on it. I have to ask (because I was so confused when my friends and I went up last year) - where did you think Opal North summit was? Is it the first part where you top out before the 3m wall, or is it just down the plateau at the small cairn?
Topic: Opal North (3 of 6)
Author: Sonny Bou
Date: Monday, February 06, 2006 12:15 AM
Great job, Vern. Isn't postholing up to your crotch fun?? :-)
I have always assumed that the "summit" of Opal North is the highest point visible from the road to the north which is the flat area just before the "3 m-high wall". This is not unlike Sheol Mountain which looks like a distinct peak until you actually climb up on it. The true high point of Opal Ridge (above Fortress Junction; route described by both Kane and Daffern) probably has a better claim to the term, "summit", and is a much more enjoyable scramble to boot.
Actually, few of us here (except maybe Bob Parr) have actually traversed the entire Opal Ridge (from the north end to Grizzly Creek), and I think the traverse would make for an excellent group outing maybe some time in May or June. I'll bring this up again when the time comes.
Topic: Opal North (4 of 6)
Author: Dave Stephens
Date: Monday, February 06, 2006 06:27 AM
That sounds like a fun trip Sonny, but make it June. May is for attempts 4, 5, 6, and 7 at the four Twins.
Topic: Opal North (5 of 6)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Monday, February 06, 2006 07:43 AM
I re-read Kane's description about 4 times when I was at the top and came to the conclusion that he was talking about the area just before
the 3m step.
He then talks about wandering south along the ridge.
Topic: Opal North (6 of 6)
Author: Linda Breton
Date: Monday, February 06, 2006 07:52 AM
Thanks Vern. Yeah I re-read that description a few times at the top as well, and became convinced the summit was at the cairn. The first area sounds more likely though. As I was contemplating the book, I was reminded of the riddle scene from Indiana Jones.."A leap of faith from the lion's head...", something like that...:-)
Opal Ridge North, 'Quitter's Rock' summit (1 of 3)Author:
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 01:51 PM
The bushwhacking and route finding going through the trees on the way to Opal Ridge was really not fun at all. Once we finally got out of the trees, I felt so lazy and didn't feel like going any further. I proposed that we summit a nearby stone instead. Here we are on what I've dubbed Quitter's Rock summit. It was a pretty technical scramble, we even did the traverse. :)
The girls did eventually convince me to keep going.
Topic: Opal Ridge North, 'Quitter's Rock' summit (2 of 3)
Author: Wayne H
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 12:59 AM
Most excellent. I wish somebody would make a quitter's scramble guide. In that area I believe I have the potential to be great!
Topic: Opal Ridge North, 'Quitter's Rock' summit (3 of 3)
Author: Marko Stavric
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 09:40 AM
A friend went up yesterday and found a register at a nearby higher peak. I guess like most people who go up to Opal Ridge using Kane's directions for this one, I too got confused with what exactly is the peak he describes as the summit. Ah well, when it's dry I'll go and do the entire traverse.