Orocopia Mountains


By: Walt Wheelock


On the morning of January 15, Siina and Harry Melts Led 26 climbers to the high point of the Orocopia Range. The expected cold weather failed to materialize, so we started early in the morning to avoid the desert heat. The promised dry waterfall that Harry had been talking about turned out to be a point of interest rather than a difficulty. A few climbers took advantage of the Goldline rope, but it may have been to show appreciation for Harry's thoughtfulness, rather than actual need. But when all others had reached the top, Siina leaped up the double fall, not even bothering to touch a balancing hand to a rock, thus removing it from any class 3 status.

It was a most clear day, and not only could we see the entire length of the Salton Sea, but we could, even see the sunshine glimmering from the Gulf of California, many miles below the Mexican border.

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