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Perfect Wave 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Ed Webster, Susan Patenaude November 1980
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Submitted By: j.yager on Aug 18, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: Looking Up from top of the corner; the bolts are i...


One of the premiere routes on Rainbow. See ROUTE PHOTO posted to either Take a Giant Step or Silver Surfer.

pitch 1: Make your way to the belay ledge w/small birch tree. 5.4, 80ft.

pitch 2: Move up and right towards two well placed, but hard to find 3/8" bolts (Original 1/4" bolts drilled by hand on the lead). Bolts protect the crux, then layback from vertical flakes to fixed slings. 5.7

pitch 3: Run it out to the anchor or trees. (Can combine with P2 with a 60M rope, going to the double bolt anchor on Silver Surfer.)


Ford the Swift river and cut into the woods to the Nanamocomuck ski trail. Find a small wooden sign with mileages marked on it. From here, turn north into the woods...[see full description in the "Getting There" section for the main cliff.]

bring two ropes for the descent rappel


small to medium gear,
bolts protect face moves on 2nd pitch,
fixed slings, chains at the top

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Perfect Wave (5.7) Looking up from the ground.  Th...
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By Robert Hall
Nov 1, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

If you have a 70m rope, a neat "trick" is to set up the 2nd pitch anchor at the fixed slings as a top rope and then lower down Tsunami all the way to the belay ledge for Tsunami and Cruse Control. The second then follows up Perfect Wave and also lowers down Tsunami. You can then pull the rope to lead, or TR Tsunami.

Like many of the climbs on Rainbow, this would get "4 stars" if it were just a bit longer, or was a bit more interesting after the crux.
By Robert Hall
Oct 1, 2014
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

As you look up the slab from near the top of the corner on P2 there are two obvious dike lines, the bolts are located in the right-hand dike.
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