Solar Slab - Upper Tier Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Gully choices on the eastern side of Solar Slab
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The home of some beautiful, airy climbing! The routes here all work their way to the spacious shoulder at the top of the Solar Slab Buttress. Several descent options are available. Many parties choose to rappel using the bolted stations on the Solar Slab route and the face immediately to its right (east). This requires two ropes and takes you directly back to the base with no walking. On the downside, this can tempt one to avoid the very top of the route and thus miss out on the full value experience. You would also miss the beautiful hike through the Painted Bowl.
The usual Painted Bowl descent begins by walking west on an improbable, exposed ledge system in the red (not tan) rock. After some scrambling, the ledge ends at a bolted anchor. If you have two ropes, you can do two long rappels straight down to the Painted Bowl. (Skip the set of anchors 40 feet below the start.) With one rope, do short rappels diagonally west (climber's left) onto a large ledge. At the west end of the ledge is another anchor at the the top of a steep chimney. This takes you to a brushy ledge with a pine tree. A rope stretching rap from the pine tree leads into the Painted Bowl. Walk down the Painted Bowl and go right (west) along a slabby ramp system until you reach the streambed. If water is running high in Oak Creek, you can avoid the wetter upper section by rappeling out of the Painted Bowl using the bolted stations by Plate of Fate (see the Black Orpheus Amphitheater section).
There are also a few descent options in the gullies on the eastern side of the formation, but these are not universally popular.
These routes all begin several hundred feet off the deck. Access by climbing any of the routes on the Lower Tier.
Weather station 2.4 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Solar Slab - Upper Tier
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Solar Slab - Upper Tier:
Solar Slab 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 9 pitches, 1220'
Going Nuts 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Sunburn 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 12 pitches, 1500'
Heliotrope 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R Trad, 5 pitches, 750'
Change Up 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Sundog 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 500'
Arch Enemy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Sunflower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
R Trad, 6 pitches, 850'
Featured Route For Solar Slab - Upper Tier
Solar Slab 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b NV
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Solar Slab is a very popular route due to its long length and all pitches are 5.6 or easier. The climb is 9 pitches long and over 1200 feet in height. However, the start of Solar Slab is on a huge terrace 500 feet up, which has a few different multi-pitch approaches. Probably the most common ways to get to the base of Solar Slab are to climb Johnny Vegas (5.7, 4 pitches), or the Solar Slab Gully (5.3, 5 pitches). An early start is highly recommended to beat the crow...[more] Browse More Classics in NV