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Routes in 8) The Last Wave Slab

Last Wave, The S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R
Right Hand Dike T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X
Student Daze T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Surfing Primitives T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Wavy Gravy T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X
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The Last Wave Slab is a nice piece of granite about 100' - 140' high and a little over 100' wide. It's located directly above Sea of Holes and Wedge. It's a nice way to finish a slab route and it brings you near the summit. It presently has 7 climbs on it and is named after its best route.

Getting There

To access it from the top of Sea of Holes and Wedge area, climb up and a little right about 150' passing 2 tree ledges. From the top of Sliding Board's final steep headwall traverse easily and directly left about 300'.

The following directions are on how to approach this slab from above as per R. Hall.
From the top of Standard route (photo) enter the woods on the left at a distinct path. (photo) Take this for about 125 ft to where it branches right at a "T". Take the left side path, which ends in 5 or 10 ft at open slab. look 45-degrees to your left (Northeast) and down - this is the top of the Right Dike route (photo). The easiest approach is to scramble to the tree at the top of Right Dike and rap down to the tree ledge at the base of the Last Wave Slab.

To go directly to the Last Wave Route, from where the left side-path reaches the slab, walk 100 ft south (right) along the open slab and look down and left-ish (photo); below and left is the left end of a large tree island which is the top of "The Last Wave" route. See "Sketch Map" photo. [text from Std Route added 5/26/17 R.Hall]

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Classic Climbing Routes at 8) The Last Wave Slab

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Surfing Primitives
Trad, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R
The Last Wave
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Surfing Primitives
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad, TR
The Last Wave
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R Sport
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Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
There are several modest routes up here on the Last Wave Slab. Most can be reasonably set up as Top Ropes, although having someone on the ledge "directing" the person above is considerably easier than trying to figure out the climbs from their tops. If you want to TR some of these, a 70m rope is helpful, and/or long slings to set anchors and directionals off of trees.

Some of the climbs listed in "North Conway Rock Climbs" (G. Handren, 2012) that aren't listed here, yet, are:
Student Daze 90-100 ft 5.7+R 10 ft left of Surfing Primitives
Rockfish 90-100 ft 5.8+ 30 ft left of Student Daze
Bubble of Enlightenment 120 ft 5.5 Left of Student Daze on top of a flat rock May 1, 2017

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