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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|
|Type:||Trad, 1500 ft, 12 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||FRA: Anthony Anagnostou, Karsten Duncan, John Campbell, Larry DeAngelo|
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|Shared By:||Larry DeAngelo on Apr 23, 2006|
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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. ***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
DescriptionThis is a wonderful sleeper of a route. Probably lots of folks have looked up at it and thought, "looks like a miserable gully slog-- no way it could be good." Surprise!
About 100 yards to the left of Beulah's Book is an indistinct buttress leading up to the left side of a huge roof. The buttress is bordered on its left side by a brushy, unappealing gully. Start at the very toe of this buttress.
Pitch 1: Pleasant face climbing leads up to a right-slanting crack. Belay at its top.
Pitch 2: Step right and climb over a slight bulge, then face climb straight up staying near the junction of the white and dark rock. Belay on a ledge to the left. (Just left of this ledge is a rap station on a tree in the gully; one long rappel, down and west, reaches the ground near the start of Dubious Flirtations.) Note also that there is an off route bolt a little to the right of the beginning of this pitch, presumably as part of a variation start.
Pitch 3: Step right and continue up a small dihedral. Belay at a small stance with shrubbery and a chimney above.
Pitch 4: Move up the dihedral past an annoying bush and into a featured squeeze chimney. Climb this chimney to a wide clean gully and continue up to another wide gully/chimney to another stance by a large chockstone.
Pitch 5: Climb out of the gully onto the arete and face on the left side of the slot, then up and out onto slab. Move up until reaching a ledge approximately even with the large Solar Slab Terrace. (An easy traverse right at this point gives access to the Terrace and the routes continuing there.)
Pitch 6: Continue straight up the rounded buttress above on pleasant slab climbing. A very long pitch (60m+?) leads to a good belay ledge at a pine tree. (Alternatively, divide the pitch in two by belaying at a varnished scoop.)
Pitch 7: Climb up and slightly right on even more pleasant slabs until reaching a large brushy ledge.
At this point you can scramble right (class 3) for 100 feet, passing the top of Going Nuts, and join Solar Slab two pitches above the terrace. Alternatively, and more direct, continue up over broken rock (better on the right) and join Sunspot Ridge at The Notch. Continue to the top by one of these routes, and descend as for Solar Slab.