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Lower Solitude Canyon

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Back to Nature 
Bathtub Boulder Problem 
Blow 
Brick Toss 
Climb It Change 
Crocodile Tears - aka Rodmanifesto 
Deer Cave, The 
Deferred Prosecution 
Derelicte 
Desparete Dancing 
Egypt Air 
Emerald Forest 
Emotional Rescue 
Exfoliation 
Flying Flesh 
Free Radical 
Hot Coffee  
Immodest Monkey 
Little League Drop-Out 
Modest Mouse 
Nature Boy Rick Flare 
Original Route, The 
Pharside 
Radical by Nature 
Raven's Perch 
Slackline 
Snake Run 
Throwable Pipe Memorial 
Twist Off 
White Powdery Substance 
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Lower Solitude Canyon 


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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 35.23893, -111.62114 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Colin Cox on May 29, 2008
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David moving toward the crux on Blow.

Description 

The Lower Solitude Wall features mostly well-bolted, dacite sport routes with a few cracks and some scattered bouldering. This lower cliff band faces Northwest and can be seen from HWY 180 at Shultz Pass Rd. It's a beautiful, secluded, shady and wind protected area with a twenty-five minute approach. Conditions are best from late spring to late fall. Fall days are best for attempting the harder routes, but summer mornings are still good. The single pitch routes are vertical and technical, from 35 to 70 feet long, and all are equipped with anchors. Most routes are 5.11 or 5.12 and have a reputation for being harder than they really are, as the cruxes are bouldery, and the moves often depend on minuscule foot jibs.

The short, compact nature of routes like Modest Mouse(12c), Immodest Monkey(13a), and Derelicte(12b) may deter some climbers who favor the height and exposure of Higher Solitude, but what they lack in length is made up for in bomber rock that gets right to the point, much like the Energizer Wall at the Pit. These hard, short routes of Lower Solitude are comparable in length to the crux sections of Main Wall routes at Higher Solitude.

There are a couple good trad climbs also. Snake Run(12a), put up around 2000, is still unrepeated. Good boulder problems such as Slackline(v3+ slab), BTBP(v7), Brick Toss(stout v4), and Hot Coffee(v5) can be found along the base of the wall and scattered within the gully below and above.


Getting There 

Park at the end of Paradise Road, the same parking for Gloria's Rocks. Hike past Gloria's to the Northwest. Just west of the Bill Boulder, you'll find a trail that skirts the steep, rocky edge of the mountain. Avoid trails that fork left to the Oldham Trail. Stay on the trail that skirts the edge of the mountain until it curves northeastward up into the first gully or canyon. The cliff will soon appear on the north-facing side of the canyon. 25 minutes.


30 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',9],['5.12',9],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',4],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Solitude Canyon:
Nature Boy Rick Flare   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Blow   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Free Radical   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Radical by Nature   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport   
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Featured Route For Lower Solitude Canyon
John Crawley moves through superb technical climbing before the crux of Free Radical. In this photo, John is linking Back to Nature with Free Radical.

Free Radical 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Lower Solitude Canyon
Free Radical shares the start of Pharside, then traverses left after the 2nd bolt and climbs an arc through the beautiful, colorful face, then finishes with an amazing crux at a thin black water streak. This is one of the best and most beautiful routes at Solitude. Lots of varied climbing on good rock and holds, with a four star crux guarding the chains. A good variation to Free Radical avoids the final crux by continuing the arc all the way back into the finishing arete of Pharside - Barracuda ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Lower Solitude as seen from the trail to Higher Solitude.
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BK getting sandbagged by Colin at Solitude <br /> <br />
BK getting sandbagged by Colin at Solitude

Improved topo of Lower Solitude Wall.
Improved topo of Lower Solitude Wall.
John on Free Radical. Rick Flare is to his left and Pharside to his right. The lines of Derelicte and Emotional Rescue are visible beyond the tree.
John on Free Radical. Rick Flare is to his left an...
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