Solar Slab, with the middle section of the Whale i...
From the guidebook: Solar Slab is a long slab up to 80 feet high that is directly below the Whale and alongside the trail on the west edge of the canyon. The cliff is directly opposite from the Ripple Wall. The routes are generally thin affairs with lots of smearing and small holds. The rock quality is very good. The routes are described from right to left.
Other notes: the routes are described right to left which is North to South - the main approach trail will thus take you by the #1 route first. I've added a few climbs and used the numbering system from that guidebook. At the time of the edition of the guidebook that I purchased, there were 9 routes on the wall. As you would expect, this wall gets morning and afternoon sun and evening shade.
This crag faces East, so it drops into the shade by 3pm or so.
From new parking lot, the approach takes 10-15 minutes on an easy, well maintained trail which at the start is the width of a dirt road. Follow the direction on the general RRC canyon description and then the directions in the blurb from the guidebook above.
A. Solar Flare
, 10-, 1p, gear.
B? Up Until Sunrise
, 11+, 1p, bolts.
, 10, 1p, bolts.
, 9+, 1p, 60', bolts.
E. Eclipse This
, 10-, 1p, 50', bolts.
, 10-, 1p, bolts.
, 7+, 1p, 45', bolts.
H. El Sol
, 6, 1p, 45', bolts.
, 7 or 9, 1p, 45', TR.
Weather station 5.4 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Solar Slab
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Solar Slab:
Helios 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Icarus 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Tava 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Solar Flare 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch
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Solar Flare 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b CO
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Is there trad in Red Rock Canyon? Oui. C'est vrai.From the guidebook: on the far left side of the cliff. Layback a fingertip crack up an obvious, right-facing, arching corner until it's possible to exit. Climb directly above the arch to anchors in a shallow scoop.Other notes: it is #9 in guidebook....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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