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Solar Slab - Lower Tier

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Solar Slab - Lower Tier  

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For organizational purposes, the Solar Slab is divided into a lower and an upper tier. Obviously, a complete ascent to the very top would require linking a lower and upper route, or following one of the full-length routes described in the Upper Tier section. Most of routes in this section go from the ground to Terrace, a giant, multi-acre ledge about 500 feet up. There are two main ways to descend from the Terrace. Most common is to rappel the Solar Slab Gully. This can be done with a single rope. Alternatively, there are bolted rap anchors on Johnny Vegas; this route requires two ropes.

Getting There 

Quickest approach is from the Oak Creek turnout towards the end of the 13-Mile loop road. Alternatively, park on the highway at the mouth of Oak Creek and head west. The trails merge and enter the canyon on easy terrain above the streambed. Follow the trail to some huge boulders with nearby pine trees. If in doubt, stay high and right on this approach. Just past the huge shady boulders, head up the hillside on steep trails. This will take you to a good area right at the base of the Solar Slab Gully. Count on 45 minutes to 1 hour approach time.

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Weather station 2.4 miles from here

10 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Solar Slab - Lower Tier:
Johnny Vegas   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   
Sandstone Overcast   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 550'   
Frieda's Flake   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
Beulah's Book   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 550'   
Solar Flare   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
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Featured Route For Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Frieda's Flake. The route climbs the chimney and continuing crack on the right side of the pillar/flake.

Frieda's Flake 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
This enjoyable route offers a chimney pitch with an awkward narrow crux near the top, before reaching a comfortable belay ledge outside the chimney. Another pitch leads up the crack that is a continuation of the chimney, then out right onto the face and up steep enjoyable climbing to the last pitch of Johnny Vegas, which is the most natural finish. Though Handren's guide describes this route as a two pitch climb, you'd really have to stretch it out to do it that way, and three pitches seemed mor...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Solar Slab - Lower Tier Slideshow Add Photo
On the approach to Solar Slab.
BETA PHOTO: On the approach to Solar Slab.
Below Solar slab at sunrise
Below Solar slab at sunrise
looking up at the slab to the right
looking up at the slab to the right
oak creek on the left
oak creek on the left
approaching Solar Slab area
approaching Solar Slab area

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By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Mar 9, 2004
From the Oak Creek parking lot, the trail to Solar Slab Gully base is 1.3 miles long.