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The Sun is a large half-dome style formation a few hundred yards West of Wigwam Dome. At over 400' it hosts a few multi-pitch trad routes and a few steep bolted lines. The South Face is an awesome vertical to overhanging sweep of granite, most of which is too steep to have been climbed yet but which makes for a dramatic backdrop to the routes. The most popular route on the formation is Better Lock Next Time. It climbs through the South face in three or four good pitches and is a Wigwam classic. Unlike many of it's South Platte neighbors, the Sun's bolted routes have modern gear but will not be found in either Ken Trout's or Peter Hubble's guide books. This formation was untouched by the Hayman Fire.
From the parking area at Wigwam Creek trailhead follow the trail West, pass into Lost Creek Wildrness and continue for about 2 miles until Wigwam Dome becomes visible on the right hand side of the trail. Follow a faint path and carnss up the hillside to the base of Wigwam Dome and traverse West to the base of the Sun.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Sun:
Halogen Angels 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Better Lock Next Time 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 450'
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Better Lock Next Time 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CO : South Platte : ... : The Sun
This excellent route climbs through the left side of the South Face of The Sun in 4 great pitches. To locate the start of the route, look for a clean crack rising up and left from the ground with a wide spot about 15' up. The Upper pitches are hard to spot from the ground but it is fairly obvious where the only weakness through the sheer face could possibly be. The route can be broken up several different ways and climbed in three to five pitches depending on how you choose to do it. This is the...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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