Sunday, February 22, 2015

Climbing in Solitude Canyon - Mt. Elden

Spent the better part of my Saturday climbing the dacite rocks in Solitude Canyon high on Mt. Elden. The approach required a demanding 1.75 mile 1100 vertical feet hike to reach the Higher Solitude Crag. Despite the steep hike, the climbing is fantastic and offers several 5.10 sport routes and even some multi-pitch climbing at 8,600 ft - all of which offer great views of the surrounding area.  It's a fun little crag.  

We climbed Man on the Moon (5.10 sport, 4 pitches) and then had to head out.  The first pitch was very cool, the others not so much.   

Hiking up on the approach 
Brad is finally visible above the overhung section on Man on the Moon
Brad moving into the balancy upper section of Man on the Moon
Top of pitch 1 - Man on the Moon
Pitch 4 of Man on the Moon - 5.8 dihedral 
Paul got a picture of me from the route next door.