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Clovis Hunter S 
Cro-Magnon S 
Erectus S 
Evolution S 
Hominid S 
Hunter Gatherer S 
ILL (Ian and Lance Line) Route, The S 
Intelligent Design S 
Lucy S 
Mastodont S 
Meanderthal S 
Native Rituals S 
Natural Selection S 
Neanderthal S 
Quest for Fire S 
Sapien S 
Survival of the Fittest S 
Tribal Moves (aka Sacred Stone) S 
Voyage of the Beagle S 


YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Aaron Miller, Fred Berman
New Route: Yes
Season: Winter is best
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Submitted By: Aaron Miller on Dec 25, 2007

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Between Clovis Hunter and Sapien (this is the sister to Sapien), starts on first 1 or two bolts of Sapien then step right. Clip fixed draw through crux, climb into scoop, and pump out to the top.


Solar Cave, just left of Clovis Hunter and right of Sapien



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By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Dec 12, 2015

Reportedly, on December 11th, 2015, a large and critical undercling block right in the middle of the bouldery crux was pulled off. This block allowed the climber to do the clip from low before embarking on the v4/5 crux. Reportedly, it now looks like a double digit boulder problem and will likely not be repeated often.
By DisturbingThePeace
From: Albuquerque, NM
Mar 19, 2013

Fun route, that should see more traffic. Not as classic or sustained as other cave routes, but still well worth doing. The business section is tricky but relatively short, so makes a good boulderer's route. After the rest only 1 moderately difficult pull remains.
By Jason Halladay
From: Los Alamos, NM
Dec 15, 2015

Tim Lutz wrote:
I thought NM had tons of glue holding it together? Or is it not enough... I can't remember!

Ha. I'm quite sure there's more glue in Rifle alone than all of NM
By George Perkins
From: Los Alamos, NM
Dec 20, 2015

"Tim", Pretty sure there isn't any glue in the Solar Cave (and nearly none at Diablo), though I could be mistaken about some of the newer climbs/projects. At least 5 of the Solar Cave climbs have had blocks break or get cleaned off with the resulting climb made harder. Ethics of it aside, for the most part, gluing blocks at Diablo would be a waste of both time and glue.

Glad no one was hurt.

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