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The Solar Panel Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Approach to The Solar Panel.


This is a south-facing buttress above and between Snake Eyes and Super Collider. It has several sport routes and a couple short trad / TR pitches (including a 5.11 hand crack out a roof on the left and a 5.7 crack/dihedral up the lower slab on the right).

The buttress gets early sun, but it goes into the shade as the sun dips behind the hills in the early afternoon. The approach takes about 10 minutes.

Getting There 

Park at the Super Collider parking area (the last pullout on the right in the Narrows and the first one above Snake Eyes).

Climb the slab above the parking area to the rib, head to the top of the rib, and cross the gully to the right. Head up another slab to the top of a rib, climb to the top of the rib, then scramble across the talus to the base of the crag (see the photo).

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Solar Panel

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Solar Panel:
Rising Sun   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sunkist   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sunspot   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Icarus   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Sunspot 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : The Solar Panel
This ascends a thin face followed by a fun arete. The arete alone makes a good 5.8 that can be climbed from the ledge left of Icarus.P1. 5.10d. Climb the face past 4 bolts, then step up to the arete, and follow it to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By kpbo
From: Fort Collins, CO
Apr 4, 2016
Fun little spot to check out on cold days or when everything down-canyon is overrun. The hardware looks brand new, and the climbs are pretty clean. Too bad the approach, while short, is kinda sketchy--we were constantly worried about kicking off loose rocks onto the road or parked cars (note: don't park close to the approach trail!). There are cairns marking the best route, but they're difficult to see on the way in--the return trip was a lot easier.
By Owen Murphy
From: Fort Collins, CO
Aug 8, 2017
Cool little area with an amazing view of the canyon. Got rained out before we could check out the two routes far right but had a good time climbing the sun themed routes left. My tip for these three is to get on Sunspot first and then lower to the ledge for Sunkist and Rising Sun.

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