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Routes in Solar Slab - Upper Tier

Arch Enemy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Change Up T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Going Nuts T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Heliotrope T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Solar Slab T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Sunburn T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sundog T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sunflower T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Sunspot Ridge T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Access Issue: RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Description

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.

Getting There

These routes all begin several hundred feet off the deck. Access by climbing any of the routes on the Lower Tier.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Solar Slab - Upper Tier

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 562
Solar Slab
Trad 9 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 27
Going Nuts
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 21
Sunburn
Trad 12 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 17
Sunspot Ridge
Trad 12 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 17
Heliotrope
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 37
Sundog
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 37
Sunflower
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 48
Arch Enemy
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Change Up
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Solar Slab
 562
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 9 pitches
Going Nuts
 27
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Sunburn
 21
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 12 pitches
Sunspot Ridge
 17
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 12 pitches
Heliotrope
 17
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 5 pitches
Sundog
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Sunflower
 37
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 6 pitches
Arch Enemy
 48
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Change Up
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
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