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A Little Slice Of Sunshine S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Icarus S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Rising Sun S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sunkist S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sunspot S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Elevation: 6,601 ft
GPS: 40.679, -105.431 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Ken Duncan on Nov 2, 2015
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

This is a south-facing buttress above and between Snake Eyes and Super Collider. It has several sport routes and a couple short trad / TR pitches (including a 5.11 hand crack out a roof on the left and a 5.7 crack/dihedral up the lower slab on the right).

The buttress gets early sun, but it goes into the shade as the sun dips behind the hills in the early afternoon. The approach takes about 10 minutes.

Getting There

Park at the Super Collider parking area (the last pullout on the right in the Narrows and the first one above Snake Eyes).

Climb the slab above the parking area to the rib, head to the top of the rib, and cross the gully to the right. Head up another slab to the top of a rib, climb to the top of the rib, then scramble across the talus to the base of the crag (see the photo).

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Solar Panel

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rising Sun
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Sunkist
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Sunspot
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Icarus
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rising Sun 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Sunkist 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Sunspot 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Icarus 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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Owen Murphy
Fort Collins, CO
Owen Murphy   Fort Collins, CO
Cool little area with an amazing view of the canyon. Got rained out before we could check out the two routes far right but had a good time climbing the sun themed routes left. My tip for these three is to get on Sunspot first and then lower to the ledge for Sunkist and Rising Sun. Aug 8, 2017
kpbo
Fort Collins, CO
kpbo   Fort Collins, CO
Fun little spot to check out on cold days or when everything down-canyon is overrun. The hardware looks brand new, and the climbs are pretty clean. Too bad the approach, while short, is kinda sketchy--we were constantly worried about kicking off loose rocks onto the road or parked cars (note: don't park close to the approach trail!). There are cairns marking the best route, but they're difficult to see on the way in--the return trip was a lot easier. Apr 4, 2016

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