Pass the Sputnik Boulder like you are going up to the main area for the Lower Satellites and the Third Flatiron. Do a big S-turn past some other boulders and you will come to a fork in the trail. Go left towards the main Satellites area and the huge wall immediately on your left is The Wave.
The southwest corner is prominent and overhanging on its south side. Catching Waves goes to the top on the south side of the arete. [Climb the south and overhanging side of the arete from the good edge.] Start low on obvious incut edges on the southwest corner. Slap up the rounded corner until you find a place you can hold on and go with your right to the obvious edge just below the lip. The top-out moves are fairly tame after you've overcome the burlyness below. Pretty fun
Benningfield mentions this problem in Colorado Bouldering Vol. I, but gives no details including the name, grade or FA info. Although I've given it a name here (which goes along with the wall its on) so that its not just another unknown or unnamed problem, if anyone knows the real name, feel free to leave a comment and I will submit a correction.
a crashpad, maybe a spotter
|Comments on Catching Waves
|By Adam Hicks`|
Sep 2, 2003
I did this problem by (DO NOT READ IF WANTING TO FLASH!): Starting left hand on the juf, slapping left to a sidepull oon arete, flinging right to a small sidepull edge on the overhanging face and from there could manage a big throw way out left on the west face to a really good edge. I was wondering if this was it, because if so it felt much easier than V6. I noticed another, smaller hold ON the arete higher up and thought perhaps the problem went to that instead of the bigger edge. Someone tell me if so, please....thanks
|By Chip Phillips|
From: Broomfield, CO
Sep 2, 2003
your comment on Making Waves cleared up what you did (kind of a different start to Making Waves - if you are interested try the long reach move with a high foot to go directly to the good edge ... look at the picture [under Making Wavers]). maybe a little more info would have been helpful, but from my problem descriptions it should be obvious I prefer to let people find their own ways to do problems.
both problems (Making Waves and Catching Waves) require a lot of body tension for the first moves. what i've called Catching Waves starts on the jug and probably requires a reach up to pinch a small imperfection the arete from which you can pull up and go again with your left to a higher edge on the arete.
from there, use the obvious and good sidepull on the overhanging south face to gain the top and pull over.
cool problems however you get to the top.