|Solar Slab - Upper Tier
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This is a wonderful sleeper of a route. Probably lots of folks have looked up at it and thought, "looks like a miserable gully slog-- no way it could be good." Surprise!
About 100 yards to the left of Beulah's Book is an indistinct buttress leading up to the left side of a huge roof. The buttress is bordered on its left side by a brushy, unappealing gully. Start at the very toe of this buttress.
Pitch 1: Pleasant face climbing leads up to a right-slanting crack. Belay at its top.
Pitch 2: Step right and climb over a slight bulge, then face climb straight up staying near the junction of the white and dark rock. Belay on a ledge to the left. (Just left of this ledge is a rap station on a tree in the gully; one long rappel, down and west, reaches the ground near the start of Dubious Flirtations.) Note also that there is an off route bolt a little to the right of the beginning of this pitch, presumably as part of a variation start.
Pitch 3: Step right and continue up a small dihedral. Belay at a small stance with shrubbery and a chimney above.
Pitch 4: Move up the dihedral past an annoying bush and into a featured squeeze chimney. Climb this chimney to a wide clean gully and continue up to another wide gully/chimney to another stance by a large chockstone.
Pitch 5: Climb out of the gully onto the arete and face on the left side of the slot, then up and out onto slab. Move up until reaching a ledge approximately even with the large Solar Slab Terrace. (An easy traverse right at this point gives access to the Terrace and the routes continuing there.)
Pitch 6: Continue straight up the rounded buttress above on pleasant slab climbing. A very long pitch (60m+?) leads to a good belay ledge at a pine tree. (Alternatively, divide the pitch in two by belaying at a varnished scoop.)
Pitch 7: Climb up and slightly right on even more pleasant slabs until reaching a large brushy ledge.
At this point you can scramble right (class 3) for 100 feet, passing the top of Going Nuts, and join Solar Slab two pitches above the terrace. Alternatively, and more direct, continue up over broken rock (better on the right) and join Sunspot Ridge at The Notch. Continue to the top by one of these routes, and descend as for Solar Slab.
Larry climbs the picturesque 5th pitch arete durin...
BETA PHOTO: Sunburn
Face-climbing on the first pitch of Sunburn. The ...
Jonny at the start of the chimney.
This easy crack system leads up to the roof.
The excellent slab climbing never seems to end... ...
Anthony deals with the annoying tree just below th...
BETA PHOTO: Larry firing in pro at crux of 2nd pitch. Notice ...
Looking down the slab on the sixth pitch.
Jonny on pitch one; linking p-1, and p-2...
|By George Bell|
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 26, 2006
Dang you, Scary Larry! You put up new routes faster than we can climb them!
|By Anthony Anagnostou|
May 1, 2006
5.7? ya' mean, like, y'know, 'old-school' 5.7? or just 'new route' 5.7? most of the route is downright friendly, but i seem to recall a couple spicy moves on p2 and p4.
btw- that chockstone at the top of p4 is precarious and big.
|By Larry DeAngelo|
May 1, 2006
Well, yeah-- the chimney on p4 probably fits into the "old-school" 5.7 category...
|By Jason D. Martin|
Dec 21, 2006
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
I would probably give the chimney pitch 5.7+.
This is a great route, but it needs a little pruning here and there...
|By Bill Gibbs|
From: Andover, Ks.
Oct 7, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13
Name change in order..."Bush Series". I would actually say a lot of pruning is in order. There was just as much bushwacking on the climb as there was getting to the climb. There was also poor rock on the runout pitch 4 wide chimney/gully so watch out and check every hand and foot hold. It was easy 5th class climbing but if you aren't comfortable running it out for 30'+ with decking a certainty, then I'd suggest you find a safer climb. I personally had two foot holds and one hand hold break in that pitch alone, and I was knocking on every hold. Definitely not the quality route as being suggested here. I'll give it one star just because of what my partner said as we were hiking out...A safe day on a bad climb is better than a good day at work any time.
|By John Wilder|
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 19, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13
climbed the upper pitches off of Solar Slab's terrace today with Larry- really nice on the last two pitches, cant say anything about the lower ones. We added a direct finish today by connecting this route to Sunspot via a single pitch of say....5.7ish climbing with some rock quality issues up high. Pro is good enough.