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Reflector Oven  

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This area stays warm even on colder days during the late fall or even winter, but during the summer heavy overgrowth can make it difficult to find (watch for nettles!). It is sheltered with SE exposure. Rock is high-quality granite.

Getting There 

From the summit and the Summit Crag, you head down about 500 yards till you reach the PATC Crag (the blue-striped trail here winds among the rock corridors). Once you are past the granite maze on top the PATC Crag, you head downhill 300 yards to the triple-trunk tree and the turn off to the right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

11 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Reflector Oven:
Loki   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, Sport, 70'   
Strawberry Fields   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Report to Sickbay   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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The Crackin 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13  VA : Old Rag : Reflector Oven
1st route on the Reflector Oven. Climb corner up broken rock until you can step into the base of an overhanging corner (about 20 feet). Careful placing pro as much of the rock is delicate. Clip a solid bolt and head through the crux - an overhanging 30 foot crack/layback system. Rest at top of crack and continue through small finger crack and slab finish. Don't blow the final slab moves. Not the crux, but protection is sparse. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in VA

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If heading down the main trail from the summit towards the lower parking lot, you'll come to the tree with three trunks first on your right about halfway down this straight portion of the main trail.  The trail-head for the Reflector Oven should be no more than a few minute hike from the summit.
BETA PHOTO: If heading down the main trail from the summit tow...
View of Reflector oven from Oh My God Dihedral
BETA PHOTO: View of Reflector oven from Oh My God Dihedral
Assembling a small cairn to better mark the trail-head for the Reflector Oven.  This photo looks towards the summit.  On approach, you'll come to a distinct, straight stretch of path.  The start of the trail for the Reflector Oven will be roughly half-way up the main trail on the left and marked by a unique tree with three trunks.
BETA PHOTO: Assembling a small cairn to better mark the trail-...
We built this small cairn to mark the otherwise barely detectable trail-head to the Reflector Oven.  It sits close to the more permanent three-trunk tree.
BETA PHOTO: We built this small cairn to mark the otherwise ba...

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By stevecurtis
From: Petaluma California
Feb 9, 2008
There are now a number of new routes in this area. All very high quality. Pure trad to mainly trad to mainly sport. Check it out.

Old Rag has a ton of potential. For instance, I found two 75 ft 3 star trad lines within 100 yard of the main trail. They were not FAs, just unreported. The Jabba formation now has several difficult mixed lines.
By Larry S
Mar 25, 2013
The wall continues well past the popular area with strawberry fields. Walk along the wall till you reach a detached boulder with a 20' drop into a chimney (start of Chasm Crack). Head left along the face of the boulder to another gap with another large boulder. Climb up thru the gap and do some class 3/4 scrambling down the rubble between them. There are a number of shorter moderates back here. The aspect is southwest, so they get some very nice evening sun when the rest of the reflector oven is in the shade.