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New Wave 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 220'
Original:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Larsen & Horning - 1982
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Sep 21, 2002

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BETA PHOTO: New Wave line

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What a fantastic climb! We climbed this as an approach to Assembly Line - it starts at the Broken Tree area and finishes on top of the pillar where Assembly Line begins. Just to the right of this line is "Broken Tree" - another 10a that follows an obvious steep dihedral formed by, I believe, the Everlasting column.

I led this whole thing in one pitch using a 70m rope - this is definitely the way to do the climb: even with a 60, have your partner tied in and ready to move up the pillar after you as you reach near the top - you will use all the rope. The climb starts off on a ramp and crack and gradually gets steeper and steeper, culminating in a very off-balance step-right move at the bolt. This move is very reminiscent of the crux of p1 of C'est La Vie in Eldorado Canyon in Boulder. Fantastic!

The climbing after this move is still quite difficult (but there are stances), easing after 15'. The climb culminates in 20' of perfect hand crack.


Stoppers, friends. Mostly thin. There is a pin en-route to the crux and a bomber bolt protecting the crux. Fixed anchors. I used a pair of #2 camalots, but definitely nothing larger.

Photos of New Wave Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: close up of second pitch
BETA PHOTO: close up of second pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: UFC girls who climb!
UFC girls who climb!
Rock Climbing Photo: Jorden gettin up 'New Wave'
Jorden gettin up 'New Wave'
Rock Climbing Photo: Really great crack.
Really great crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ridin the wave with Emma Sherman (Erma Sherma)
Ridin the wave with Emma Sherman (Erma Sherma)
Rock Climbing Photo: Kat A past the crux on Assembly Line (10a) and int...
Kat A past the crux on Assembly Line (10a) and int...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joe Varela on New Wave
Joe Varela on New Wave
Rock Climbing Photo: View of New Wave from the base. The route goes up ...
BETA PHOTO: View of New Wave from the base. The route goes up ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lyn following at the top of the pitch
Lyn following at the top of the pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Active day on the northeast side. Left to right; c...
Active day on the northeast side. Left to right; c...

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By Graham Rogers
May 29, 2003

Take the quick yet dicey balance moves of New Wave for 110' to get to the Assembly Line pump.
By John Gunnels
From: Gillette, WY
Apr 8, 2006
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This should be the first 10 you do on the Tower. Great moves... great rests... solid pro...

Wow... sounds like a lot of OTHER Tower 10's...
By nolteboy
From: Fort Collins, CO
Aug 25, 2006

New Wave is fer shur THE way to get to the goodness of Assemblyline. Although not a top-quality Tower route, it beats the daylights out of the humdrum stuff out to the left. Good luck getting on it, though - there's usually a mob scene at the base.
By Cameron Luth
Sep 25, 2006

This route is a sweet 10. The crux is kind of different. The climb is awesome and has a great view, if you like climbing 10s I would highly recommend it.
By Meredith DB
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 6, 2007
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This route is super fun. Compared to other Devil's Tower routes, it felt much less sustained.
By Joe Dawson
Jun 1, 2009

This route is good fun. The second pitch is one of the better pitches I did while I was at the tower. The moves are varied and the rock is pretty good.
By phatline
From: Burlingame, CA
Jun 6, 2009

I agree with Dr. Evil that it feels easy for the grade--because of the varied moves (face, finger, hand) and plenty of rests. But there are definitely a couple of hard moves. I saw someone take a terrible fall from the rest above the bolt (15' above?); according to people on the ground he fell all the way to his belayer on the slabs. So, an "easy" Tower 5.10a, but still come prepared to climb 5.10a.
By Tyler V
From: Woodbury, MN
Sep 23, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This was my first 10 on the Tower and I loved every second of it. The route starts off easy and just gets harder and harder all the way to the crux where the really balancy moves take over. The gear is solid but a little run out in places, though you can find good stances all over. I didn't carry anything smaller than a #7 BD nut, but if I did it again, I would probably carry a couple nuts in the 5-6 BD range.

The splitter hand crack at the top 20 ft of the climb makes for a total confidence booster after the adrenaline rush at the crux.

A must do if you want to start climbing 10s on the Tower.
By Sean Nelb
From: Indian Creek
Sep 3, 2012

The crux has a variation that goes straight up instead of doing the rightward traverse by the bolt. This uses thin edges and sidepulls and is probably 5.11.
By Kyle Goupil
From: SLC, UT
Jun 14, 2017
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

This is the best 10a route I have ever climbed. I would highly recommend it. Super fun!

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