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La Ola 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Mack Hargrave, 1996
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Submitted By: Nick Wilder on Feb 15, 2007

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At the bottom of the wave, above to pull up into i...


Also known as La Coalicion. Fun, straightforward climbing until you get to the bottom of the wave. Mantle up into the wave, using huge holds but still a little awkward. Chains right on the lip of the wave. You can make it down with one 60M rope, but be careful.


The trail leads right to the base. Start at a small apron on the middle of three routes.


11 bolts to chains

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By Matt Richardson
From: Longmont, CO
Apr 21, 2007

If I am not mistaken, this route is actually referred to La Coalicion in Mexico Rock by Jeff Jackson. This route is the main line on this formation and is absolutely beautiful. The route is long (40 m) and the climbing is varied. We used a 70 m to get down. It has been a while, but I don't remember if it was clear how to get down with a single 60. I would recommend hauling another for a double.
By Ron Olsen
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 21, 2007

Magic Ed's ?El Potrero Select? guidebook calls the route "La Ola" aka "La Coalicion". Dane Bass' The Whole Enchilada guidebook calls the route "La Ola" and says it has 12 bolts.

Both guidebooks list the route length as 115' (35m). If this is accurate, a 70m (230') rope should be adequate to get down safely.
By Mike Holley
From: Boone, NC
Jan 10, 2012

Pretty Standard climbing till the very top and thats where it gets fun. Holds are unique and rounded at the top due to mineral deposits and there is a funky leg move that is tough to make look cool but needs to be done right below the anchors! A good taste of the style of climbing done at the wave. Long route so make sure to use a 70m!!!!
By Rob D.
From: Brooklyn, NY
Mar 29, 2014

a 60 meter rope WILL NOT make it to the ground. It might make it to the uphill section on the right of the wave, but I wouldn't risk it.
By M HawkMan
Dec 18, 2016

I found a little rattlesnake at the top of this route today. He was perched up and left about 6 inches from the chains in a small alcove. I nearly put my hand on him by accident because he blended in so well with the limestone I didn't see him- luckily a sixth sense or something kicked in for me and I recognized him.

BE CAREFUL IN THE POTRERO!!! This place is very dangerous and must be respected at all times. The second you let your guard down here you will regret it. Rockfall, poisonous creatures, sharp plants and long rappels from big walls all present big danger out here.

With that being said, this place is awesome as long as you respect it and always stay vigilant for your own safety.

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