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Solar Power

5.10c/d, Sport, 40 ft,  Avg: 2.7 from 61 votes
FA: Karl Guthrie
California > San Francisco B… > Wine Country > Mt St Helena > Bubble
Access Issue: Mt. St. Helena Crags - Fire Damage from Fall 2017 Details


The left climb of the 2 west-facing routes on the Bubble.A fairly straight-forward face climb with lots of pockets for holds. It seems like every time you think to yourself, 'that next one better be good!', it is!


4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.

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david gets a last minute tr send, sunset fuel on solar power
[Hide Photo] david gets a last minute tr send, sunset fuel on solar power
Looking for the anchor bolts for Solar Power
[Hide Photo] Looking for the anchor bolts for Solar Power

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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Both this climb and West Face felt like 5.10c onsight lead. This was the better of the two routes. Aug 20, 2002
Colonel Mustard
Sacramento, CA
[Hide Comment] I'm going to have to disagree with the above. It feels like at least 10D to me. West Facing probably is more accurately 10C though. Aug 7, 2006
Floyd Hayes
[Hide Comment] This climb has long reaches. At 5'10" I had to launch myself upward to grab the jugs and was glad I decided to top-rope rather than lead it. I thought it was a few letters harder in difficulty than West Face. Oct 27, 2008
Nicole BI
Oakland, CA
[Hide Comment] most of the climb is fairly juggy and feels like 5.9/10a, but (like West Face) I found the crux to be the moves near the last bolt, and would agree with an overall 10d / 11a rating due to that short hard section. Jun 17, 2013
Amanda Luu
[Hide Comment] Nice route with fun technical moves. There is a reachy move to the last quickdraw before the anchors. Good pocket if you can find it and then finishes with some slopers. Apr 15, 2018
Kartik Ravi
San Jose
[Hide Comment] Super fun route! I'm 5'9 and had to make a couple of reachy moves! you have a good rest place past 3rd bolt. Gets super pumpy towards the top.Loved the flow of it! Oct 28, 2018