Solar Slab - Lower Tier Rock Climbing
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For organizational purposes, the Solar Slab is divided into a lower and an upper tier. Obviously, a complete ascent to the very top would require linking a lower and upper route, or following one of the full-length routes described in the Upper Tier section. Most of routes in this section go from the ground to Terrace, a giant, multi-acre ledge about 500 feet up. There are two main ways to descend from the Terrace. Most common is to rappel the Solar Slab Gully. This can be done with a single rope. Alternatively, there are bolted rap anchors on Johnny Vegas; this route requires two ropes.
Quickest approach is from the Oak Creek turnout towards the end of the 13-Mile loop road. Alternatively, park on the highway at the mouth of Oak Creek and head west. The trails merge and enter the canyon on easy terrain above the streambed. Follow the trail to some huge boulders with nearby pine trees. If in doubt, stay high and right on this approach. Just past the huge shady boulders, head up the hillside on steep trails. This will take you to a good area right at the base of the Solar Slab Gully. Count on 45 minutes to 1 hour approach time.
Weather station 2.4 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Solar Slab - Lower Tier
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Solar Slab - Lower Tier:
Corona 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Solar Flare 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Featured Route For Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Johnny Vegas 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NV
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Approach as per Solar Slab Gully. The start of Johnny Vegas is just to the left (when facing the wall), behind a boulder perched on a short pedestal of rock.p1. Start up the double cracks, which eventually become a single crack. As the protection starts to become sparser, trend up and left. Belay at a bolted anchor on a platform at the base of a short dark dihedral. A long pitch.p2. Stem up the dihedral to gain a face with some questionable rock. Continue up and slightly right to another ...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
BETA PHOTO: On the approach to Solar Slab.
looking up at the slab to the right
Below Solar slab at sunrise
Kampe, Bax, stoked
oak creek on the left
approaching Solar Slab area
By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 9, 2004
From the Oak Creek parking lot, the trail to Solar Slab Gully base is 1.3 miles long.