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Routes in The Solar Dome (aka Lighthouse)

Altoids On the Beach S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Baditude S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Burning Up The Hillside S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Fire Starter S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Homesteader, The S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Howl Of A Hungry Cat S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Ice Hose Chopper Lunch Mob S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Kelp Bed Freak Show S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Lady Of The Light S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Lipstick Sunset S,TR 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Montana Floodgates S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Morning Sunshine S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Nimby S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Nuns on the Beach S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Sundance S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Tanning Block, The S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Walking On The Sun S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Walking with the Homesteader S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Waves of Rays S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Waves on the Beach S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Willie's Wake Up Call Girl S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
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Type: Sport, 35 ft
FA: M. Rolofson, K.Trout, R. Leitner & C. Alber on Jan. 24, 1998
Page Views: 161 total · 6/month
Shared By: Tony B on Aug 28, 2016
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This is a chunky-looking climb with a height-dependent start that might be the crux for shorter climbers.

There are 2 small detached towers at the base of Solar Dome. This route is the higher, East-facing route on the higher of the two towers. Start off in the afternoon shade at the base by clipping the first bolt prior to doing any moves, which is possible for a man of average height. If you can't reach this, then you might also find the opening moves harder than 11-. Reach up and left into a thin but sinker spot on the obvious flake, and paste a foot to hoist up and onto larger holds above. Climb up these, generally working up and right to the anchors up top. Note where the anchors are and that a few traverse moves will be required on the climb as opposed to riding the left arete the whole way. The holds are generally good, but a few might surprise you by being sloper if you don't feel around for the right spots on them.

Overall, this is a climb that is better than it looks.


It is on the upper right side of the upper of two small towers/boulders below the right side of Solar Dome.


4 bolts to a bolt/chain anchor.


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Mark Rolofson
Mark Rolofson  
First ascent: Mark Rolofson, Ken Trout, Rick Leitner & Chris Alber on Jan. 24, 1998. There are 4 bolts / 2 rings. I never thought it felt as easy as .11a. Mar 15, 2017
Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
Thanks for the info. I have amended the route description with this.
As for the grade, This one is likely quite height/reach-dependent.
Aside of the general subjectivity of grades overall, I try to fairly account for my rather abnormal wingspan....
"If you can't reach this, then you might also find the opening moves harder than 11-."
So I won't quibble a bit about the grade.

Thanks for the info. Mar 16, 2017

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