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Contact S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cosmic Explorer S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Crumbs T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Don't Get Me Started S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Harvest Moon T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Kundalini Express T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Left Line S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Leftovers T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Luminosity, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Mephistophiles T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Mission To Mars T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
My Place In the Universe T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Party On T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Right Line S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Right Way, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Start Me Up S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Stellar Drifter T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tower of Power S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Twilight Zone S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
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Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Richard Rossiter and Bonnie Von Grebe, 2001
Page Views: 3,206 total · 16/month
Shared By: Ron Olsen on Jul 16, 2002
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Follow the approach to the Main Wall of Solaris. Don't Get Me Started begins 35 feet left of Start Me Up, at short face leading to a bushy ramp.

Climb the short face past a bolt, then ramble up the bushy ramp to a steep corner. Climb the corner and the slab above to the anchors. Lower 70' to the start.

Barely worth doing, but could be fun for a novice leader.


7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.


Jake Wyatt
Longmont, CO
Jake Wyatt   Longmont, CO
The rock is still rather dirty on this one, but the rock underneath was solid. It should clean up fairly well with additional traffic. Oct 11, 2003
I've climbed both the East Slab (5.5) on The Dome and Chouette (5.6) in The Riviera (both in Boulder Canyon), and I thought that this climb was easier than both of those, so I am giving it a 5.4.

It's a great first climb for a beginner. It's a little dirty, but it's okay. The approach is too long to make it worth revisiting, but it is an excellent route to teach someone how to Lead Sport on.

-ajs May 17, 2005
Charles Danforth
L'ville, CO
Charles Danforth   L'ville, CO
Strange mix of dead easy and a couple of hard (bona fide 5.6, IMHO) moves. Nice view from the anchor ledge. A few loose blocks remaining on this one, but a bit more traffic would solve that problem. Jun 28, 2009
Right, it's not The Nose but this is a fun and easy climb for novice/nervous leaders, kids, etc. As someone else commented, it's kind of a mix of 4th class and a couple of real 5.6 moves, but it's a fun route with beautiful views from the top! Jul 15, 2009
Jim Gloeckler
Denver, Colo.
Jim Gloeckler   Denver, Colo.
I agree with Corinne all the way on this one. Still needs a bit of cleanup and this one will be just fun. Thanks again to the F.A.'s! Nov 7, 2009
Boulder, CO
dseltzer   Boulder, CO
Brought some friends up to Solaris who have never climbed outside before, and they really enjoyed this. It was a good confidence builder/first route for them. Probably not 5.6, maybe 5.5 or 5.4 except for one or two moves. Oct 24, 2011
James Cezo
colorado springs, co
James Cezo   colorado springs, co
Some good reaching moves. I give it a 5.5. Big flake to the right of the second to last bolt broke free. Pretty dirty, check your holds. May 26, 2012
Eric Klammer
Boulder, CO
Eric Klammer   Boulder, CO
This climb must have cleaned up, as I found it pretty enjoyable with solid holds. The 4th class ramp near the bottom will never be great, but the climbing above is fun and an awesome view can be had at the top.

This could also be a fun trad lead if you're looking for a little more excitement. Looked like finger-sized gear for the crux and then hand-ish sizes higher up.... Jun 20, 2013
Detrick Snyder
Michigan, for now
Detrick Snyder   Michigan, for now
When rapping off on the vertical left side of this climb, I noticed a potential 5.10-11ish climb. There's some crumbly holds, but I'm sure there's a good route somewhere in there. Just food for thought.... Jul 5, 2013
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
This has maybe one 5.6 move, but the route is fun regardless of your climbing ability. The route provides good views and movement. Jul 29, 2013
William Thiry
Las Vegas
William Thiry   Las Vegas
Really a pretty good climb for novice climbers, especially the top section with good exposure for the grade. Aug 30, 2013
Pretty good route for a first time leader. Also, I'm feeling like an idiot because I managed to get my purple BD 0.5 X4 stuck in a crack a measly four feet off of the ground when I was showing my partner how to properly and improperly clip a bolt. Went back about a week later, and it was gone. If you happened to pick it up, please let me know! Email is Thanks! Jul 3, 2014
The top anchor of this route was one Fixe ring hanger and a standard hanger with one quicklink. Dale Haas and I replaced the standard hanger and quicklink with a Fixe ring hanger. Thanks to Ron Olsen for providing the hardware. Oct 6, 2014

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