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fossanalink-up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2009


Beulah's Book to Sunflower link-up (as recommended) with Jascha. Perfect for an early Nov day. Did the arete variation to avoid having to bring 4" cam. Overall, nice mix of face and crack. IMHO the crux was the 5.9 curving crack (pitch 5 on Dow's description) due to the less secure feeling I get on the softer white sandstone. As usual I ignored the recommendation for a second set of cams, which would have been nice on the 5.9 lieback (pitch 2). Fortunately, I found a small horn on the face to tie off. I didn't find the pod very obvious on pitch 7 and ended up running out the rope instead.

After reading Handren's estimation of 3-4 hours to descend via raps down Solar Slab and Solar Slab Gully and the reasonably high likelihood of getting a rope stuck while rapping, we decided to take the Solar Slab (mostly) walk-off descent. This took 2:20 including the time it took to ascend the several hundred feet to the large shoulder that leads to the rap stations into Painted Bowl.
Posted Nov 9, 2009 12:20 am

Dow WilliamsSunflower  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2009

Dow Williams

3rd time...with Pat below. Helped another team find this route the following day, they liked the 4th pitch the most. They are both pretty good pitches. Best route on the upper wall that goes to the top. Arch Enemy is my new favorite though.
Posted Feb 25, 2009 10:10 am

atavistgood climbing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2009


I really liked pitch 2 on this route. Although if the crack were a bit steeper I would have liked it even more. Above pitch 2 we could see deep into Oak Creek Canyon and all the snow from the recent storms. Even the north facing walls on the south side of the canyon were iced up.
Posted Feb 24, 2009 8:42 pm

Dow WilliamsSunflower  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 5, 2008

Dow Williams

With young Joe. Great day, only one other party all day long back in the Solar Slab area. I had done Horndogger to Sundog to the right. Later Stacy and I did Johnny Vegas in the middle and noticed these dudes having a great time on Beulah's Book. So Joe and I combined Beulah's Book and Sunflower above for a perfect day of climbing (8 long pitches). So far, Beulah's Book (because of that stellar 2nd pitch, I led the arete variation) and Sunflower are my favorite combination for this area. Sunflower had 3 outstanding pitches on it, the 2 5.9's and the 5.8. The arete over to the lie back on that 2nd pitch of Beulah's was a fantastic pitch as well for the grade (5.9).
Posted Mar 10, 2008 1:21 pm

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