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Jenn at the top of the Solarium boulder, having just climbed Western Round Up (V1)
© TRNovice, Mar 2007
Route: Western Round Up (V1)
Camera used: Canon Digital Elph (Ixus) SD700 IS

User Comments

I know it's not too great of a photo, more just recording the height of the problem/route.
TRNovice - 11/Apr/07
Isn't it Heavenly Path that goes up the front, or is that on another similar looking boulder?
TimS - 11/Apr/07
Heavenly Path is down canyon from Solarium (which is just south of The Happy (singular) Boulder. Here's a photo of the boulder you mean /images/dbpage.html?id=64025 :-)
TRNovice - 11/Apr/07
Cheers, I did heavenly path when I was there, and remembered it lloking similar to this boulder, but less featured, glad to see I'm not losing it...
TimS - 11/Apr/07
It's not too dissimilar I agree - heavier patina on the top of this one and the transition to slabby is higher up on Heavenly Path. Well done on the tick - too scary for me I'm afraid :-o. BTW Redrum (V7) is on the opposite side of the Solarium Boulder to the above shot.
TRNovice - 11/Apr/07
i can't quite see the holds ;)
Morgan Woods - 16/Apr/07
There are at least three problems up that side of the boulder, one of which is a rising rightwards traverse (Solarium).
TRNovice - 16/Apr/07
good effort - somewhat highball! By the way Pete, i did Solstice in Wales. scary.
Wilbur - 16/Apr/07
Cool! It was my first HVS (and my first leader fall in the process sadly). I'm rather surprised that it is still standing with all the rock fall at Bus Stop recently. Glad you liked it :-).
TRNovice - 16/Apr/07
Given the Drop Zone II is 120cm wide and allowing for some foreshortening (the bottom is overhanging, the top slabbyish) and the mat is actually quite some way back from the foot of the climb (though I realise it doesn't look like it), I guess it's 8-9m high - a Stanage E3 5c/6a maybe, oh and no gear, so probably a solid E4 :-).
TRNovice - 16/Apr/07
I would not have wanted to fall on it!! i didn't touch the big flake shield 2/3 up for worry of pulling it off!
Wilbur - 17/Apr/07
I always though it was a Wylie Coyote moment in the making. You hold the flake and it comes off in your hands. You fall back, survive the impact, but are then flattened by the dinner plate falling on you :-).
I fell because of not planning ahead (a common fault of mine on routes Ė and problems). I didnít figure out that the crux had two moves, did the first part fine and then was in a complete tangle for the second, tried to power through (yes, I know :-o) and ended up flying instead. Did it rather fluently the second time, still rather annoyed that I messed up first time :-(.
TRNovice - 17/Apr/07
ahh well - never mind... good effort taking the fall. i think i might have decked from the crux if i'd come off - my gear was much lower than yours from the looks of your pic!! crux was hard for 5a i thought..
Wilbur - 17/Apr/07
Not to mention reachy!!
Jenn - 17/Apr/07
Who needs the forums when you can have threads on the photo pages ;-).
Speaking of which, slightly surreal how a picture of a high-ball boulder problem in California has morphed into one about an HVS route in Wales :-).
TRNovice - 17/Apr/07
Threads on photo pages....good idea in fact i've just come in from here:
Morgan Woods - 26/Apr/07
It's what all the cool kidz are doing nowadays, posting on the main forum is soooo 2006.
TRNovice - 26/Apr/07
This thread was started in the TRNovice photo gallery and should be moved.
Please could you try and post in the correct photo gallery, it makes life easier for both users and moderators.
catt - 27/Apr/07
Any suggestions as to the right photo gallery :-)?
TRNovice - 27/Apr/07
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