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Sunflower (R) - 5.9

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 7
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (8)
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gear to 3", some bolts
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.00/5
  Rock Quality 3.80/5
  Scenery 4.25/5
  Fun Factor 4.40/5

Description:

An excellent climb that goes up to the right of Solar Slab. Bring your 5.9 slab skills on this one! Start as per Solar Slab. Pitch 1: Cruise up the easy face to the straight in crack. Follow this to a ledge with 2 bolts, 180', 5.5 Pitch 2: Head up the obvious crack to the right of belay. Follow this to two more bolts (do NOT skip this station), 80' 5.8 Pitch 3: Continue up the crack until it ends. From here, head up and slightly left, passing one bolt just before you hit belay, 170', 5.8+/5.9- Pitch 4: The money pitch. Head straight up from belay, following the bolts until they end. From here, head to the crack above. Follow this until a small stance appears, 180', 5.9 Pitch 5: Follow the crack until a nice natural belay stance appears, 180', 5.6 Pitch 6: Head up and left toward the trees to the top of the climb, 80', 4th class. Descent: Rap as per Solar Slab. Update: I changed this to an 'R' rating for the two 40' plus sections with no pro. Both are in the 5.8/5.9 range and are sustained.

Submitted by: vegastradguy on 2004-08-06
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Route ID: 48695

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Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: snoopy138 on 2010-11-13 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars not that hard for 5.9

and not that runout, either. the crack on p2 isn't actually as nice as it looks.

Added: 2010-11-15

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: olive on 2009-12-25 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars great climb

Good climb. Varied and sweet climbing. We bailed from the end of 4th pitch cause it was getting dark. I led the first and 4th pitches and had to remember my friction slab climbing skills.

Added: 2009-12-28

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: alexoverhere on 2009-12-26 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars good route

fun and varied pitches.. the two 5.9 pitches are quite different -- one is a nice finger crack and the other friction/face climbing on bolts

Added: 2009-12-27

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: satch on 2009-11-03 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Great line

Grade felt a bit stiff, but excellent crack and face climb. Bolts are "just in time".

Added: 2009-11-03

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Second Second ascent by: benkilgore on 2008-12-29 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars Bailage

Dow led this. We bailed onto the bottom of the crux pitch of this off of Heliotrope, which was elusive and runout. I thought it one of the best pitches of a long, hard day. The easy (5.5ish) traverse at the end is mostly unprotectable, fun for the leader AND the second!

Added: 2008-12-29

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