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Topic "Orient Point (1 of 2)" started by Kerry Vizbar on Jun-21-2009

Topic: Orient Point (1 of 2)
Author: Kerry Vizbar
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2009 11:36 AM

As a continuation to this post here http://www.rmbooks.com:8080/read?13755,33#13764 5 of us returned to successfully summit Orient Point in the Ghost yesterday. Used the same approach, but brought bikes this time to use until the trail crumbles into the riverbed. We headed up the same drainage, took the right fork where it splits, then ascended the ridge in the middle of the next split. A short, moderate chimney was the key to the breaking through the first set of sheer cliff bands, then easy routefinding through the rest of the cliffs, to the skyline on loads of loose rubble. Then, we proceeded along the ridge NW towards the summit, which is also guarded by a cliff band. Looks like there are a couple of different ways up, we took a 10-12m moderate/difficult chimney to gain the upper slopes. From there it was a combination of enjoyable scrambling on or near the ridgetop (with exposure on the right) and sidebashing on more loose rubble to circumvent tricky bits. We were surprised to see how popular the peak actually was; there were already 9 trips in the register placed in 1992! Spent about an hour on the summit enjoying the warm afternoon, then headed back down doing more miserable sidebashing than scrambling. We managed to hit the tail end of JW's pig roast at the top of the Big Hill and took a very timely departure homeward bound as a heavy downpour rolled in just before we got back to the truck.


It took about 12 hours RT if biking from/to the top of the Big Hill (I shuttled a few bikes to the end of the road); could likely be done under 8 if biking from marker 29 and taking less lengthy breaks.

Topic: Orient Point (2 of 2)
Author: Vern Dewit
Date: Monday, June 22, 2009 08:35 AM

Cool TR Kerry. Orient Point is one of those
mountains I've always wondered about - now I
know! :-)

Vern Dewit