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Tower of Power 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Richard Rossiter and Jessica True, 2001.
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 2,680
Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Jul 17, 2002

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  • Description 

    Follow the approach to the Main Wall of Solaris. Tower of Power starts by a big triangular roof, 75 feet left of Mission to Mars.

    Follow a line of bolts up a steep face on the right side of the big triangular roof. Turn a small roof, step left, and climb a steep headwall (crux) to a ledge. The crux section can be climbed following the bolt line or using a crack to the right. Another short wall leads to the anchors. Lower 80' to the start.

    The climb has some reachy moves, and may be easier for taller people.

    Watch out for some loose rock by the small roof.

    This is one of the best routes on Solaris.


    8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

    Photos of Tower of Power Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Cushman leading Tower of Power.
    Mark Cushman leading Tower of Power.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin moving up.
    Kevin moving up.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Gino cruising up the Tower.
    Gino cruising up the Tower.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Christa Cline stepping left to the steep headwall ...
    Christa Cline stepping left to the steep headwall ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Roberts near the start of the route.
    Steve Roberts near the start of the route.

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    By Ivan Rezucha
    From: Fort Collins, CO
    Oct 29, 2003
    rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

    I wondered why Rossiter said, "Hint: stay in line with the bolts above the roof." There are some bigger holds out left, but they don't work so well, If you're right at the bolts at the crux move, there's a ladder of small but positive foot holds, that makes it quite easy.
    By Matt Gates
    From: Pinewood Springs, CO
    Sep 30, 2006
    rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

    Fun route. Use longer slings on the first three bolts as the route trends left after the roof. Large positive holds get you over the roof to some fun face climbing. Be aware, it's a little ways up to the first bolt.
    By Ryan Stefani
    Apr 22, 2012

    Not sure about the rock with the "x" on it. I pulled on it from below, pushed on it when going by, and stood on it when above it. Sure, it's a tad bit hollow, but it's fine as long as you aren't putting gear around it (and since there's a bolt 2' above and 2' below, I hope you aren't).
    By Ben Cassedy
    From: Denver, CO
    May 6, 2012
    rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

    Agree with the previous comment about the 'x'. I wouldn't jump up and down on it, but it didn't seem all that bad.
    By Sean Brady
    From: Boulder, Colorado
    Nov 8, 2012

    I did not see the rock with the X on it today, so I think it's been trundled.
    By L Kap
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 5, 2015

    Fun route! Can be toproped by moving the anchor over from Luminosity, but it seems like there would be a big swing with the rope dragging across the edge of the roof if you fall below it. Maybe not the safest toprope unless you're able to send up a confident .10b climber to clip in some directionals on the bolts below/to the right of the roof.

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