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Almost there! Jon Cannon on the last clip of Tava...
Smear past two bolts to the crux, a somewhat blank headwall. Sandy smearing up to a glorious hole gets you up to a nice ledge. From the ledge, clip a couple of bolts before the next difficult section: gaining the layback. Ascend small and sandy holds up to the layback. There is cool laybacking/face climbing for about 20 feet to the third challenge, moving past the laybacks onto the upper headwall.
This lies on the far left end of Solar Slab.
6 clips to a 2-bolt anchor.
BETA PHOTO: Helios.
Brian Rowe starting up Tava.
Brian cruisin' the upper section.
John getting into the dihedral.
|By Stewart M. Green|
Oct 17, 2006
FA by Stewart Green and Brian Shelton, 2004.
This was the first route on Solar Slab. Named Tava, the Ute Indian word for "sun" and often given to Pikes Peak.
Watch for wasps in that good hole!
|By Phil Lauffen|
Jun 27, 2008
This was a really fun climb.... Well worth it. The layback doesn't do you any good after a third of the way up so you have to do face climbing with occasional footholds on the corner. Fun mantle to get on top, too.