EManBevHills wrote:FWIW, there was a fatality last year on a descent of OAP in late July...
The area near the top of the pass is likely to remain quite sketchy well into the summer this year, given the snowpack. As I recall, it is easy to underestimate the risk there. The additional elevation gain via NAP is well worth the piece of mind as it is a much safer route.
EManBevHills wrote:Chief, I beg to differ with you.
Mark & I chatted for a few minutes with Janice above OAP on our ascent. She even gave Mark an Advil.
We discussed the conditions she experienced on the way up to the pass, and she mentioned how much she had enjoyed the scrambling! She even suggested that we could descend it safely ourselves, even without having ascended it.....
Janice had a book with her, and did not have an iota of summit fever. She was truly content to savor the day.
I looked at OAP twice, once before meeting her, and once after (on our descent), and elected to return NAP. Here was the view on our way up:
We had no idea about the accident until I read of it several days later.
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