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This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Pistol Ridge

Thunderbolt Mountain

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Solar Flare 5.12b (Trad) *****

First Ascent: Symon Ardila, Dustin Stephens in 2015
Length: 100ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Another 200' left of the previous dihedral is a 45' grey licheny slab leading to one of the most spectacular finger cracks in the Red. Start pitch 1 in the blocky corner of Thunderbolt Mountain, then immediately trend right towards a horizontal and thin positive fingerlocks with bad feet (5.11-). Belay on the ledge from the anchor for Thunderbolt Mountain. Pitch two launches up the obvious fingercrack in the orange headwall above (5.12), protected mostly by small cams. A #3 or 4 Camalot is useful at the first belay.
Moves: unknown
Descent: Rap from tree
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Jul 30th, 2015


Jackiefreesh said on June 2nd, 2016
A most beauteous route. We only climbed the first pitch but even that is worth the hike all the way to the end of Pistol Ridge. Good reason that this is on the cover of the new guidebook.