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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Stewart Green, Brian Shelton, Martha Morris, Mike Heinrichs, Aug. '04
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Submitted By: Bosier Parsons on Mar 19, 2009

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Roland leading Icarus.

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This is another fun route on Solar Slab. Climb up past a pothole then a bit right and up the headwall.


This is the fifth bolted route you come to on Solar Slab.


5 bolts to 2-bolt anchor.

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Brian Rowe leading Icarus.
Brian Rowe leading Icarus.
Collier TRing Icarus, 2013.
Collier TRing Icarus, 2013.

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By drusch
Mar 23, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

If this is the route immediately to the right of Tava (and I believe that it is), then it is no longer a 5.9. We lead both Icarus and Tava, Tava may have been more sustained at the grade (5.10a), but Icarus has moves on the upper middle of the climb which are harder than the moves on Tava.

As we left the park, there was a couple on Icarus who were having extreme trouble on the upper middle part of the climb, they thought it was a 5.9 and not the 10a/b that it is.

Don't get me wrong, Icarus is a great climb and well worth doing, but it's just not a 5.9 anymore.
By Jake Carroll
From: The Springs
May 30, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

I agree this route definitely felt harder then the "5.9-" that it was listed as.
By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 16, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Good climb though harder than it looks from below. UK grade HVS 5a/b.
By Cody E
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 13, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Fun climb. Thin and tiny holds, but they are there. Felt 5.9 to me. Trust your feet.
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