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Tower of Power 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Jessica True, 2001.
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jul 17, 2002

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Mark Cushman leading Tower of Power.
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Description 

Follow the approach to the Main Wall of Solaris. Tower of Power starts by a big triangular roof, 75 feet left of Mission to Mars.

Follow a line of bolts up a steep face on the right side of the big triangular roof. Turn a small roof, step left, and climb a steep headwall (crux) to a ledge. The crux section can be climbed following the bolt line or using a crack to the right. Another short wall leads to the anchors. Lower 80' to the start.

The climb has some reachy moves, and may be easier for taller people.

Watch out for some loose rock by the small roof.

This is one of the best routes on Solaris.


Protection 

8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.



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Gino cruising up the Tower.
Gino cruising up the Tower.
Christa Cline at the crux headwall.  She's using the crack to the right to make the crux move.  Climbing straight up the bolt line is also possible.
Christa Cline at the crux headwall. She's using t...
Steve Roberts near the start of the route.
Steve Roberts near the start of the route.
Christa Cline stepping left to the steep headwall on Tower of Power.
Christa Cline stepping left to the steep headwall ...
Kevin moving up.
Kevin moving up.
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By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 29, 2003
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I wondered why Rossiter said, "Hint: stay in line with the bolts above the roof." There are some bigger holds out left, but they don't work so well, If you're right at the bolts at the crux move, there's a ladder of small but positive foot holds, that makes it quite easy.

By Matt Gates
From: Pinewood Springs, CO
Sep 30, 2006
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Fun route. Use longer slings on the first three bolts as the route trends left after the roof. Large positive holds get you over the roof to some fun face climbing. Be aware, it's a little ways up to the first bolt.

By Ryan Stefani
Apr 22, 2012

Not sure about the rock with the "x" on it. I pulled on it from below, pushed on it when going by, and stood on it when above it. Sure, it's a tad bit hollow, but it's fine as long as you aren't putting gear around it (and since there's a bolt 2' above and 2' below, I hope you aren't).

By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
May 6, 2012
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

Agree with the previous comment about the 'x'. I wouldn't jump up and down on it, but it didn't seem all that bad.

By Sean Brady
From: Boulder, Colorado
Nov 8, 2012

I did not see the rock with the X on it today, so I think it's been trundled.