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Punk Wave 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Shannon Stegg, Chris Wilson and Larry Myers, 1980
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring
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Submitted By: Jeff Mekolites on Feb 16, 2007

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Crux finger crack on the second pitch of Punk Wave...

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Pitch 1: Start at hand crack in a corner down stream from Primitive Paradox. Follow this crack through blocky bulge working left. Follow steep face to right facing corner and a fixed belay station. Double check this anchor and back up when necessary.
Pitch 2: Step left, around the corner, then up to a flake and finger crack to a bolted belay station. Many parties rap here.
Pitch 3: Traverse right and through huge roof following easiest path to a ledge, then continue to top.


Down and right of Primitive Paradox. At the obvious hand crack in a corner.


Standard Rack, long slings. Tag line may be helpful if rapping from second pitch.

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2nd pitch PW
2nd pitch PW
Mary enjoying the P2 crux.
Mary enjoying the P2 crux.
Stephen and I at 2nd belay
Stephen and I at 2nd belay
Third pitch of PW
Third pitch of PW
Me pulling into crux on the second pitch.
Me pulling into crux on the second pitch.
Stephen at hanging belay at end of first pitch, wi...
Stephen at hanging belay at end of first pitch, wi...
Bill Beck follows the pitch.
Bill Beck follows the pitch.
november colors below punk wave.
november colors below punk wave.
2nd pitch PW
2nd pitch PW
Stephen leading 2nd pitch.
Stephen leading 2nd pitch.
Bryan on Punk Wave, Tallulah.
Bryan on Punk Wave, Tallulah.
3rd pitch of Punk Wave.
3rd pitch of Punk Wave.
The start of Punk Wave, Tallulah, GA.  Photo by De...
The start of Punk Wave, Tallulah, GA. Photo by De...

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By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Mar 29, 2007

Couple things: First, you can link the first two pitches easily with a 70m rope. Second, the last move on this route is probably way harder than 10a. You're standing on a big ledge at that point and can contemplate it as long as you want, but it's a hard layback move off a crimp to gain the top of the 10' block and the walkoff. Finally, there are a couple of finishes to the second pitch, you can stay in the crack, which goes rattley fingers for the last move or two to the belay, or move left to some slightly easier face climbing and traverse back right almost even with the belay.
By Tim Johnson
From: Athens, GA
Apr 13, 2010

Climbing in April 2010, my partner and I found a fine rat's nest of old gear and slings at the belay at the top of pitch one. We left a fresh cordolet and a locker to rappel, but I regret not bringing a knife to remove some of old trash.
By TomCaldwell
From: Clemson, S.C.
Dec 15, 2012

Punk Wave now has some new bolts at the top of P1. It was refreshing seeing those and not the "rat's nest". I am assuming the thanks goes to sf, thanks buddy! On another note, watch for bird pooh on the P1 slab, there is a lot of it.
By Gable
Dec 10, 2014

Just to clear up a few things for other parties: P1 does indeed have two bolts for an anchor. leaving pitch one it is possible to step directly left from the belay out of the corner and onto a ledge to begin the second pitch. the second pitch anchor has one bolt and takes finger and tips size pieces for the belay. if you're not doing the third pitch it is possible to traverse left to the Primitive Paradox anchors and make a single rope rap to the ground( a single 60m barely reaches)
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