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.
Draws, slings to set up the belay
|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- 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: Prior Lake, 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?