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Submitted By: Chris Wenker on Jan 12, 2009

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This low-angle slab lies near the center of the Ribcage crags. The excellent online guide lists two routes up this rock.

Getting There 

From the top of the Out of Darkness slab, clamber through the boulders and brush, heading generally up and left (west). Aim to pass near the base of Right Tower and keep heading west to the base of the Winter Solstice slab.

Climbing Season

For the Sandia Mountains area.

Weather station 2.6 miles from here

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Winter Solstice 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b New Mexico : Sandia Mountains : ... : Winter Solstice Slab
This fine route, on good rock, is a truly excellent climb for the budding leader, but you've gotta have your head together for the slabby runout to the first bolt. Then follow the low-angle splitter cracks to the top. The route is a lot longer than it looks from the base, too, adding to the climb's appeal. Too bad it's guarded by the heinous approach.See the photo topo in the excellent online guide....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jan 12, 2009
The routes Winter Solstice and Last Chance on Upper Dome can be nicely joined by heading climber's right after the knee-high grass-y-ish plant in the crack but before the very top of Winter Solstice. After heading right, drop into a kind of gulley and scramble up to a huge ledge and belay (~45 meters); a couple large cams are nice for the belay (3 to 4 inches). Last Chance then continues off the up-canyon end of the ledge.

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