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Tsunami 

YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12c French: 7b+ Ewbanks: 27 UIAA: IX- ZA: 27 British: E6 6b [details]
FA: Craig Smith, 1992
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Submitted By: Jay Knower on Nov 1, 2006

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Tsunami offers a varied tour of the left side of Waimea's central wall. The leftmost of the popular 5.12's (the others being Whip Tide, Aquarius, Techno, and Big Kahuna), Tsunami sees a fair amount of traffic.

Also typical of the climbs in this area, the start of Tsunami may prove troublesome. It must be the way the lower band of schist formed; all of the holds seem to point the wrong way. Stick clip the first bolt and crank hard to get on the wall. Shorter climbers might have to jump for the first hold. After the initial wall is breached, easy climbing leads to the base of the two foot wide roof.

The roof actually points down. The underclings underneath the roof are positive enough, but is hard to escape the feeling that the edge if the roof is cutting into your chest. A deft use of a heelhook on a sloping edge out right allows passage over the roof and onto the hanging steep slab. This slab, ala Aquarius, has some pretty good footholds, so it is possible to rest.

From the steep slab, head left to the arete itself. A considerable redpoint crux guards the chains. Top out on the mini ledge and clip the chains just to the left of Techno's anchors.


Protection 

9 bolts



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lily heading up to the roof
lily heading up to the roof
lily under the big spooky roof.... DO THIS ROUTE!
lily under the big spooky roof.... DO THIS ROUTE!
otey, workin it... i must say i love the composition of this one...
otey, workin it... i must say i love the compositi...
lily at the lip of the roof on tsunami
lily at the lip of the roof on tsunami
the imposing roof of Tsunami... this is one of the best routes ive done at rumney...
BETA PHOTO: the imposing roof of Tsunami... this is one of the...
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By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
Aug 17, 2009

This route is rediculass.

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Aug 17, 2009

my fave 5.12 @ rumney :)

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Jun 3, 2011

I fixed draws on this today... so i hope it gets the traffic it deserves now.... i couldnt remember which bolt the long draw worked best on, you can switch it if you like... enjoy

By James Otey
From: NH
Jun 27, 2011
rating: 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b

More people need to climb this route. It is way better than Techno (yeah I said it!) and Whip Tide, and may even edge out Aquarius.

I thought that the crux was pulling the roof. You can get it all back at the jug rest, so the upper crux isn't too bad.

The best 5.12 at Waimea in my opinion.

Discuss...

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
Jun 28, 2011

im with you all the way Otey!

By M Sprague
Administrator
From: New England
Jun 28, 2011
rating: 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b

Great route! I found it made a difference at the crux to make sure I was on my toes out near the edge of the slabby foothold, rather than using a heelhook. It made it a lot easier to rock over from the crimp match to get the reach. It made it so it wasn't really the crux for me any more.

By Seth Cohen
May 19, 2013

Does this climb usually have fixed draws on it? I was at Waimea today and saw someone clean all the draws off it except for the one hanging over the roof. If it normally has fixed draws, why the clean? If it doesn't, what makes it different from the other 12s in the area?

By lee hansche
Administrator
From: goffstown, nh
May 20, 2013

i had fixed draws on it last year and between people giving me crap about it and an expressed desire for a voluntary clean up of routes that don't really need fixed draws i took them down... since then they have been fixed off and on, i assume while people have been projecting it... how is it different? its not... however the only bolt that is hard to load a draw on is the one in the roof and it sounds like that one was left up... pretty easy to run up Flying Hawaiian or Techno and fix Tsunami on the way down too if you want them pre hung...

By Tom Armstrong
Jun 16, 2014
rating: 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b PG13

Hard sequences with great rests - what more could you want! I found an alternative start by coming in from Big K, maybe V4. Rating? I was convinced it was 12d until I sent, now I'm not so sure. I used the heel hook way right on the shelf where there's a divot - worked every time. Superb climb!