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Red-pointing in the Owens River Gorge at Solarium. The ruins-of-Mordor ambiance and occasional self-chalking slopers might deter some.  But the view of the Sierra from up at the cars makes up for the gloominess.  And the awesome quantity of great routes on bullet-hard, pocketed, basalt places the Gorge a cut above all other western sport areas, (except maybe Smith Rock).  Thank you first-ascensioneers!
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K Trout
Jul 19, 2006
Red-pointing in the Owens River Gorge at Solarium. The ruins-of-Mordor ambiance and occasional self-chalking slopers might deter some. But the view of the Sierra from up at the cars makes up for the gloominess. And the awesome quantity of great routes on bullet-hard, pocketed, basalt places the Gorge a cut above all other western sport areas, (except maybe Smith Rock). Thank you first-ascensioneers!  
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Ditto on the Rhyolitic Tuff, not Basalt. The old and the new. Nice photo, Ken. Jul 16, 2015
The gorge is actually made of rhyolitic tuff, not basalt. Great pic though! Some tricky climbing on that arete... Aug 10, 2007

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