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Observatory Wall (Upper Tier)
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L to R R to L Alpha
Airbus T 
Goodnight Moon T 
Lichening The Serpent S 
Luna Lumina T 
Solar Eclipse T 

Solar Eclipse 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Aaron Miller (FFA), James Hunter
New Route: Yes
Season: Warm
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Submitted By: Aaron Miller on Aug 22, 2010

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Colin Lee on the second ascent of "Solar Eclipse".

Description 

A beautiful splitter crack throught the middle of the Observatory Ledge. The whole gamut of climbing styles from tricky face to finger and hands to tips through the crux. Finish left at the top. For the harder "Lunar Eclipse" finish variation(10d), finish right.

Lots of lichen on the rock off the belay but improves as you ascend. Makes for beautiful rock!

Location 

From the arete on the right edge of this crag, the first crack is Luna Lumina, then Goodnight Moon, then Solar Eclipse. Belay from the Observatory Ledge's LEFT set of anchors. Climb up past face moves through two bolts to the base of the splitter at the headwall. Climb hands to fingers crack and descend from bolted anchors.

To reach Observatory Ledge, climb Space Shuttle to anchors, and then another 15' up to Observatory Ledge-Right anchors. Then traverse 20 feet left across the Observatory Ledge to reach the left anchors.

Protection 

2 bolts and a single rack of gear up to #3 Camalot.


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Colin placing thin gear on "Solar Eclipse."
Colin placing thin gear on "Solar Eclipse."
Colin on the steep upper section of "Solar Eclipse."
Colin on the steep upper section of "Solar Eclipse...
Colin finishing "Solar Eclipse" at the end of the day. The harder variation traverses right through the black rock. The original finish (invisible in this picture) continues up and left.
Colin finishing "Solar Eclipse" at the end of the ...

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