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Waves 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: unknown
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Submitted By: Andrew Gram on Jun 26, 2002

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Description 

Waves is one of the best easy routes at Rushmore. Begin on the left side of a ledge on the face furthest from the highway. The first 20 feet of thin climbing up a dyke is the crux. The route can be done as one pitch with a 60 meter rope, but there is an excellent belay ledge halfway up that makes for a good introduction to multipitch climbing. The second pitch is fun steep 5.7 on jugs.

A double rope rap from the summit reaches the ground. This is a great route.

Protection 

Draws, slings to set up the belay


Photos of Waves Slideshow Add Photo
Sandra nears the summit of Waves
Sandra nears the summit of Waves
Anchor at first belay ledge. Top is similar. (July...
BETA PHOTO: Anchor at first belay ledge. Top is similar. (July...
just watching the sunset from the top of waves on ...
just watching the sunset from the top of waves on ...
Kate Muehling riding Waves. 29 May '10.
Kate Muehling riding Waves. 29 May '10.
Rick on Second Pitch of Waves.
Rick on Second Pitch of Waves.
2nd pitch of Waves
2nd pitch of Waves
Approaching the waves.
BETA PHOTO: Approaching the waves.
summit of Waves
BETA PHOTO: summit of Waves
Crest of waves.
BETA PHOTO: Crest of waves.
Summit
Summit
June 2008
June 2008
BETA PHOTO
Nickie rapping the waves
Nickie rapping the waves
Summiting Wave as seen from Gossamer
Summiting Wave as seen from Gossamer
hanging out at the top of the first pitch.
hanging out at the top of the first pitch.
Waves 2nd pitch
Waves 2nd pitch
Unknown climber on the summit of waves. This photo...
Unknown climber on the summit of waves. This photo...
Pete Arndt on 2nd Rap of Waves.
Pete Arndt on 2nd Rap of Waves.
Mark Schwartz starting out on Waves.
Mark Schwartz starting out on Waves.
Chris on the first pitch
Chris on the first pitch

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By Cameron Luth
Mar 20, 2006

All of the pitch of waves are great climbs. This is a great place for beginners. The holds are massive and the protection is awesome, and to who ever bolted Tsunami, the rope runs perfect through the spines,you did an outstanding job.
By scott isaacman
From: Silver Bay, MN
Sep 23, 2006

This is a wonderful route and is pretty easy. We used one rope and I climbed in approach shoes.
By Peter Arndt
Jul 2, 2007
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

I love Waves. Have climbed now 3 times. The 1st 5.8 pitch on the lower face is a little cruxy off the deck to the 1st bolt. The 2nd pitch though a little easier is "gitty fun". We used 1 rope and rapped down to the comfortable 1st belay station. It was quick and easy and would recommend so one does not need to deal with a trailed rope.
By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jul 6, 2009

for rappelling, a single 70m reaches the ground.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 5, 2011

Fun route. The start will probably get your attention and you will probably give a sigh of relief once you have that second bolt clipped. From then on enjoy the hike.
By Evan Johnson
From: Minneapolis, MN
Oct 25, 2011

what are the two bolted routes in the gully to the right, are they variations of waves? is tsunami a second or first pitch variation?