Type: Sport, 180 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jun 26, 2002 with updates from Jack Waeschle and 1 other
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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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.


14 bolts, Bolted Anchor
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. Mar 20, 2006
scott isaacman
Silver Bay, MN
scott isaacman   Silver Bay, MN
This is a wonderful route and is pretty easy. We used one rope and I climbed in approach shoes. Sep 23, 2006
Peter Arndt
Peter Arndt  
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. Jul 2, 2007
randy baum
Minneapolis, MN
randy baum   Minneapolis, MN
for rappelling, a single 70m reaches the ground. Jul 6, 2009
Gary Schmidt
Boulder, CO
Gary Schmidt   Boulder, CO
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. Aug 5, 2011
Evan Johnson
Minneapolis, MN
Evan Johnson   Minneapolis, MN
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? Oct 25, 2011
Seth Hogan
Frisco, Co
Seth Hogan   Frisco, Co
I don't see why anyone would do this in two pitches. I pitch, two rappels. Jul 12, 2015
Michael Parker
Bozeman, MT
Michael Parker   Bozeman, MT
The 1st bolt must be like 30 ft off the ground. While you are on fairly easy terrain up to this point, it is still a little intimidating if you aren't comfortable at this grade. Dec 1, 2016
Carson Eisenbeisz
Pierre, SD
Carson Eisenbeisz   Pierre, SD
Just a heads up, there seems to be a wasp nest just past the last bolt of the first pitch. I climbed around the arete after clipping that bolt and quickly found myself swarmed by 4 or so wasps. They disappeared into the small crack that leads to the belay ledge atop P1. Sep 3, 2018