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Black Wave Wall is the continuation of the Crag Ranch ridge as it dives down the hill. There are some crags at Devil's Head (Headstone, Starcastle) where the routes live up to the stunning initial appearance of these cliffs. Then there are others (Crimpfest) where the routes are much better than what the initial appearance of the crag might indicate. Black Wave is in the latter category, giving an excellent lineup of moderate routes on good rock despite a rather average initial impression. The wall faces west, offering superb morning climbing in the summer heat. This is one of the best places at the Head for stringing together a nice group of 5.9-5.10 routes without having to move the pack.
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Controlled Burn 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
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Controlled Burn 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CO : South Platte : ... : Black Wave Wall
Controlled Burn is the first bolted line just right of the wide crack system on Black Wave Wall. The first crux comes shortly off the ground. Midway up the route, there are two options for continuing to the anchors: 1) Angle left towards the crack system, with 3 bolts, this is listed as Malt (10.a) in Anderson's guide. I didn't take this line, as it looked too runout for my tastes without any supplemental gear, which I wasn't carrying; or 2) Veer right to join the seco...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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