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Solitude 5.10 A.2 T 

Solitude Dome Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: JMayhew on Apr 10, 2010
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Getting There 

Drive to Catalina State Park on Oracle Road (Hwy. 77) just north of Tucson in Oro Valley.
After paying the entrance fee of $7.00 as of Jan. 2013, (self-pay if you've started as early as you should!), park at the parking lot for the Ruins Trail. Immediately after crossing the huge CDO wash, just before the trail heads uphill, there is a well used horse trail forking right. Take this trail as it climbs up onto a ridge that parallels the Ruins Trail ridge. It eventually heads right into Alamo Canyon. Right before it drops into the canyon there is a brand new trail that has been cut and groomed, by the FS I think, that stays on the left side of Alamo for quite a long ways now. It eventually drops into the canyon. Follow the canyon to the obvious turnoff for Leviathan and continue right in the main canyon. Shortly after negotiating a waterfall cliff take the next major drainage heading left (east.)
This takes you along the right side (south and west faces) of the Solitude dome. You should now be able to see the “small” pointed prow on the top left corner of the summit that marks the final bolted bulge of "Solitude." Look at the base of the dome for the obvious fin of rock with vertical red streaks, just off the main face. Head up the steep gully between that fin and the dome. Just shy of the fin is a nice rope-up spot at the base of the climbs.
This area is about an hour hike past the Leviathan turnoff. (3 to 6 hours total)

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Rock Climbing Photo: "Solitude" as we climbed it.

Solitude 5.10 A.2 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Solitude Dome
This probably isn't the exact way the FA was done, but it definitely works and gets you into the sweet 250' crack leading to the final bulge. I think the "Free For All Variation" in Kerry's Book was also an attempt to climb the original line.1. About 130’ up is a short, right-leaning, right-facing corner with a blocky, horizontal, quartz band at the base. Climb cracks to base of corner. Step left a few feet and belay on small led...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Solitude Dome Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Everyone has a little bit of the Captain in 'em.
Everyone has a little bit of the Captain in 'em.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff turning the corner
Jeff turning the corner
Rock Climbing Photo: top
Rock Climbing Photo: Final Pitch
Final Pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the approach.
View from the approach.

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