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senorquill


Jun 11, 2014, 9:40 PM
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solar slab in june  (North_America: United_States: Nevada: Red_Rock_Canyon)
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has anybody climbed Solar Slab in June? im trying to find out if it is to hot! thanks


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Yes.

Sorry for the short answer, but unless you have a high tolerance for climbing in the heat I think you're going to be miserable.


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I saw "Red Rock" "June" and a route called "Solar Slab" and had to assume that would be the answer Laugh


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sungam wrote:
I saw "Red Rock" "June" and a route called "Solar Slab" and had to assume that would be the answer Laugh

My thought exactly. For "Red Rocks" and "June", I'd be looking for a name more like "Icebox Canyon" than "Solar Slab".


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I've done a fair bit of climbing at Red Rocks, and yes, I've climbed there in June. My wife, a friend and I did Frogland in late June about 14 years ago. I can assure you, you will bake. I live in the desert. I'm used to the heat.

Really bad idea. Just think about the name, Solar Slab. It will likely be an oven.


vinnie83


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senorquill wrote:
has anybody climbed Solar Slab in June? im trying to find out if it is to hot! thanks

Climbing routes in the shade is fine in June. Solar Slab is not one of those routes.

If you give us an idea of the range of difficulty you're looking to lead maybe we can give you suggestions.


marc801


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vinnie83 wrote:
If you give us an idea of the range of difficulty you're looking to lead maybe we can give you suggestions.
+1
Also, when in June? Early June, since passed, can be vastly different than the last weekend in June.


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The high there today is 95 and that's in the shade.

Consider finding something West facing and climb it in the early morning.


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satch wrote:
The high there today is 95 and that's in the shade.
Of course that's the prediction for downtown Vegas - it's often 10 degrees cooler in the canyons in RR; eg: the predicted high for Kyle Canyon today is 82, but still, shade is essential at this time of year.

satch wrote:
Consider finding something West facing and climb it in the early morning.
+1
As others have said, avoid Solar Slab entirely.


senorquill


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Thanks. Just order a new Guide book, so i'll look for some areas in the shades. Does anybody have any suggestions? I'm looking for an easy day long multi pitch. Trad or sport


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senorquill


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vinnie83 wrote:
senorquill wrote:
has anybody climbed Solar Slab in June? im trying to find out if it is to hot! thanks

Climbing routes in the shade is fine in June. Solar Slab is not one of those routes.

If you give us an idea of the range of difficulty you're looking to lead maybe we can give you suggestions.

I can do 10a and below sport multi pitch.
5.8 and below trad multi pitch


jmeizis


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Dark Shadows is excellent and usually pretty cool. If you are willing to bump the grade, which you should totally do for Red Rocks, go for Frigid Air Buttress.

Just think about sun exposure. In the mornings go for North and Northwest facing walls like Lotta Balls, Black Velvet, and Frigid Air. In the afternoon/evening go for Northeast or East facing things like Ginger Buttress, Angel Food Wall, Rose Tower, that sort of thing.

Avoid the sun at all costs. Build your belays in the shade. Bring a big thing of ice cold water and some sunscreen.


sungam


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jmeizis wrote:
Dark Shadows... Frigid Air Buttress.

Now those are routes that sound possible in June.


Hey J, btw. Smile


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sungam wrote:
jmeizis wrote:
Dark Shadows... Frigid Air Buttress.

Now those are routes that sound possible in June.
I recall feeling very chilled while waiting on the P3 belay of Dark Shadows while my partner led P4 on one Memorial Day weekend. The entire route was in the shade except for the initial slab.


jmeizis


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sungam wrote:
Hey J, btw. Smile

What's up! You still out in Scotland? I may be out that way next year for a day or two looking for partners to show me around.


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jmeizis wrote:
sungam wrote:
Hey J, btw. Smile

What's up! You still out in Scotland? I may be out that way next year for a day or two looking for partners to show me around.
Yeah I'm still in Scotland, though depending on how visas go for my gf I might have to leave in a few months. If I'm still here I would love to show you around.Cool


vinnie83


Jun 22, 2014, 4:53 AM
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In the mornings go for North and Northwest facing walls like Lotta Balls, Black Velvet, and Frigid Air.

I know from experience that the actual route Frigid Air Buttress gets sun most of the morning, at least in summer. Going off the guidebook recommendation that it goes into the shade in mid morning we got on it at about 10:30-11:00 and ended up bailing after the first pitch because it was too hot and it was still going to be a while before we got in the shade. Regardless it's a great route, but you might want to wait until the afternoon.

Dark Shadows is great in summer. If you climb it later in the day you can then walk over and do Cat in the Hat afterwards (I think it's in the shade around 4pm).

Epinephrine, although possibly a little longer and more difficult than what you're looking for is also a great route in summer. The face doesn't go into the shade until around noon or 1, but the first half of the route you're mostly climbing in chimneys with shaded belays (1st 2 pitches-which should be linked as one-are sunny). The descent can also be pretty hot.

As far as cragging goes the black corridor is one of the best places to climb in summer, it will also be crowded. I think it gets maybe an hour of sun around noon.

Edit: I'm pretty sure the necromancer wall gets morning shade and has some short, moderate, multipitch routes. Crimson Chrysalis might also be shady, but I can't say I've ever been on it in summer. Also, someone mentioned Lotta Balls wall (which has several great climbs in the range you're looking for), but I think it gets sun most of the day in summer.


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