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Solar Ridge 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 335'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Dave Montgomery, Eric Schmeer, Mike Morin, 07/12
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: AOSR on May 19, 2013

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This is a fun romp up to the top of the Meadow Dome. Pretty casual, it was one of the first new routes to go in at Staunton!

P1: 5.8+. Begin in the leftmost black streak on the Cascades Wall (just before a chimney formed by a tower). Follow this streak up until it is easy to step left into another groove. Build an anchor on the ledge or belay at two bolts on the left side of the ledge (bad pendulum potential for the second), 55'.

P2: 5.8+. Climb directly above the bolted belay anchor on the ridge past a couple small overlaps. Continue up on easier ground and belay at a tree on a ledge to the left of the ridge, 155',

P3: 5.5. The ridge pitch! This has classic position and great stone. From the tree, climb down and right to gain a faint black streak. Follow the streak until you feel like stepping right to the ridge. Take this until you feel comfortable setting up a belay and scrambling to the top, 125'.


This is the leftmost black streak on the Cascades Wall of The Meadow Dome.


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By Jim Amidon
Jun 2, 2013

Two stars....
By Alex A
Mar 12, 2015

Fun variation at the top of pitch 1, 5.7 PG-13 climb straight up vs moving left in to the groove.
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