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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
Waves 2nd pitch
Summiting Wave as seen from Gossamer
Rick on Second Pitch of Waves.
BETA PHOTO: Approaching the waves.
BETA PHOTO: Crest of waves.
Unknown climber on the summit of waves. This photo...
Pete Arndt on 2nd Rap of Waves.
Mark Schwartz starting out on Waves.
Kate Muehling riding Waves. 29 May '10.
Nickie rapping the waves
BETA PHOTO: summit of Waves
hanging out at the top of the first pitch.
just watching the sunset from the top of waves on ...
Me climbing Waves
Sandra nears the summit of Waves
|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|
From: Baraboo, WI
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?