On a very warm Friday, May 25, 2018, I finally got to ascend a front-range peak in the Ghost Wilderness that I've had on my radar for many years already - Orient Point. Why has it been on my "to-do" list so long? Simple! I've been hearing some pretty great things about it from friends and acquaintances over the years. It started for me, when Kerry Vizbar posted a report on the old RMBooks forum back in 2009. Raf and Sonny tried to follow his route a few years later but ended up on a difficult sounding route up the most westerly south ridge instead. Since then I've followed trip reports almost every year - usually in Spring - but it simply hasn't worked out for me. In 2017, Phil and Cornelius went up a slightly different route than I'd heard of before and Phil enjoyed it so much, he offered to repeat it with me this Spring. The stars finally aligned as I got a Friday off work on a perfect day and I headed off to the Ghost Wilderness to see what all the fuss was about.
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