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The starting corner on Going Nuts.
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Going Nuts is a spectacular little route on the upper tier of the Solar Slab Wall. It is also an excellent way to pass slow parties on Solar Slab proper.
The route can be found in a dark corner on the far left hand side of the Solar Slab Wall.
Climb the obvious crack up into a band of broken black rock. Build a belay shortly after the crack runs out on at a small stance. The name of the route is probably derived from the fact that most of the potential belay stances require one to use nuts for an anchor.
Continue up and left. Be aware that some of the black rock is loose. Climb up to the large ledge that makes up the top of the arch on Solar Slab Wall. Belay from here.
Walk across the large ledge to the right. One must either bushwack a bit to keep away from the exposure, or step out on the ledge above the arch to attain the descent. After crossing the ledge you will find a set of bolts at the top of the second pitch of Solar Slab. You may descend from here or continue up Solar Slab.
Standard Red Rock Rack to 3" with a few extra Stoppers.
Looking down P2 of Going Nuts.
BETA PHOTO: Solar Slab Wall
By Sherri Lewis
From: Sequim, WA
Nov 12, 2010
This is a neat little route which makes a nice finish to either JV or Beulah's. The fun corner on P1 is on great rock and the chocolate varnished plates at the start of P2 are reminiscent of Armatron. The best part is that you'll almost always have the route to yourself.
By G. Vesp
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 19, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Did these two pitches after doing Johnny Vegas and looking for a little more climbing with several groups on Solar Slab. I thought the first pitch was fantastic at the grade. Being a 5.7 leader, it looked somewhat intimidating from the ground, but once on it, everything is there and I thought it took excellent gear. Used four stoppers as a belay in the upper varnish plates and felt like it was completely bomber. The second pitch had some brittle rock and I actually pulled a large handhold off. The second pitch is also straight forward, just be careful what you are pulling on!!
By Ben Deering
Mar 25, 2015
Great option to get around a slow group starting Solar Slab. If you traverse right at the top, you will be at the top of the second pitch on Solar Slab.