In New Mexico, United States
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This cache is placed on the summit of ORP. Part of the Rabbit Ears Massif chain, ORP is the dome-shaped spire in the center of this photo. Although there are several multiple-pitch climbing routes to the summit, the route I took is primarily Class 3 and is the easiest way to summit ORP. I rated the cache a Terrain 5 because you'll probably want to rappel the descent. Also, there is one small Class 4 section on the ascent route that you might want to rap as well.
Go up RE Canyon heading toward the saddle between SRE and the RE Massif. You'll pass a narrow chute on your right with large chockstones in it. This heads up to ORP's SE saddle but is not the one to take. (This is actually the descent gully.) Further up the canyon you'll see a wider, brushier gully. Take this one all the way up then from there traverse over to ORP's saddle. (This is where you'll have to downclimb a ~10' section of Class 4 so you may want to rope up for it.) Once at the saddle it's an easy Class 3 scramble to the summit.
Descent can be made by retracing the ascent route or by rapping from the saddle eastward down the first gully you passed and back into the canyon. (Bring webbing to make slings.) If you're feeling up to it you could also descend westward from the saddle rappelling down the steep gully that would eventually lead you toward the SoCo wall then back down to the mine area.
Have fun, be safe, and try to avoid a windy day :)
Last Updated: on 2/1/2017 5:20:41 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (1:20 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum