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Solar Slab - Lower Tier

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Solar Slab - Lower Tier Rock Climbing 

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For organizational purposes, the Solar Slab is divided into a lower and an upper tier. Obviously, a complete ascent to the very top would require linking a lower and upper route, or following one of the full-length routes described in the Upper Tier section. Most of routes in this section go from the ground to Terrace, a giant, multi-acre ledge about 500 feet up. There are two main ways to descend from the Terrace. Most common is to rappel the Solar Slab Gully. This can be done with a single rope. Alternatively, there are bolted rap anchors on Johnny Vegas; this route requires two ropes.

Getting There 

Quickest approach is from the Oak Creek turnout towards the end of the 13-Mile loop road. Alternatively, park on the highway at the mouth of Oak Creek and head west. The trails merge and enter the canyon on easy terrain above the streambed. Follow the trail to some huge boulders with nearby pine trees. If in doubt, stay high and right on this approach. Just past the huge shady boulders, head up the hillside on steep trails. This will take you to a good area right at the base of the Solar Slab Gully. Count on 45 minutes to 1 hour approach time.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Solar Slab - Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Solar Slab - Lower Tier:
Johnny Vegas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   
Sandstone Overcast   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 550'   
Beulah's Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 550'   
Frieda's Flake   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
Corona   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Solar Flare   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The top of pitch 1, Johnny Vegas

Johnny Vegas 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Approach as per Solar Slab Gully. The start of Johnny Vegas is just to the left (when facing the wall), behind a boulder perched on a short pedestal of rock.p1. Start up the double cracks, which eventually become a single crack. As the protection starts to become sparser, trend up and left. Belay at a bolted anchor on a platform at the base of a short dark dihedral. A long pitch.p2. Stem up the dihedral to gain a face with some questionable rock. Continue up and slightly right to another ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

Photos of Solar Slab - Lower Tier Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: looking up at the slab to the right
looking up at the slab to the right
Rock Climbing Photo: Below Solar slab at sunrise
Below Solar slab at sunrise
Rock Climbing Photo: On the approach to Solar Slab.
BETA PHOTO: On the approach to Solar Slab.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kampe, Bax, stoked
Kampe, Bax, stoked
Rock Climbing Photo: approaching Solar Slab area
approaching Solar Slab area
Rock Climbing Photo: oak creek on the left
oak creek on the left

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By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 9, 2004
From the Oak Creek parking lot, the trail to Solar Slab Gully base is 1.3 miles long.

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