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Air and Pleasant Danger S 
Barking Spiders S 
Black Dog Crack S 
Dark Star S 
Daytripper, The S 
Daze of Dark Scrutiny S 
Night Crawler S 
Paradox S 
Retrospade T,S 
Roaring Silence S 
Salley's Alley S 
Sam Spade T 
Schist Another Crack T 
Schist Another Sport Climb S 
Short Wave S 
Smokestack S 
Strict Scrutiny S 
Ten of Spades S 
Vallee Daze S 
Weevil Knevil S 

New Wave Rock Climbing 

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New Wave is a small sunny cliff up towards the top of Rattlesnake Mountain. The rock on the left side is lighter in color, and more rich in Mica than the rest of Rumney. So, New Wave literally sparkles in the sun. This lighter rock is well featured and well bolted, making Sally's Alley (11c), Weevil Knevil (12a), and Roaring Silence (13b) some of Rumney's most enjoyable routes. Air and Pleasant Danger, a classic 5.8, is an adventurous, exposed line that follows the far left edge of the cliff. The rock on the right side of the cliff offers more fantastic climbing. Dark Star (13c/d), a crimpy technical face on black rock, is a favorite when dry. Ten of Spades, a blunt arete that climbs like sandstone, is one of Rumney's best and most technical 5.10's.

Since New Wave packs so many excellent routes from 5.8 to 5.14 onto one ledge, it's low on elbow space if too many parties are there at one time. Make sure you don't drop any gear, dogs, or children off the edge. It's a long way down.

Getting There 

Follow the trail toward Orange Crush from the second parking lot. Where the trail goes left to Orange Crush, walk up and right. Follow cut steps in a log and a narrow trail up the hill to the left side of New Wave. The blunt arete at the head of the trail is Ace of Spades.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.9 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in New Wave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for New Wave:
Air and Pleasant Danger   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Smokestack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   
Ten of Spades   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Short Wave   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Sam Spade   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Salley's Alley   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Barking Spiders   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
Vallee Daze   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 75'   
Weevil Knevil   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   
Paradox   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Roaring Silence   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport   
Dark Star   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Strict Scrutiny   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For New Wave
Rock Climbing Photo: This clip is a bit hard, though not as hard as the...

Strict Scrutiny 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  New Hampshire : *Rumney : New Wave
Fun climbing on small, small holds. Some interesting and low percentage moves lead to the traverse at the top of Dark Star into Paradox.Although the climb is routinely published with the 5.14a grade, many have suggested that 5.13d may be more appropriate....[more]   Browse More Classics in New Hampshire

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Rock Climbing Photo: Jakob clipping on Short Wave...
Jakob clipping on Short Wave...
Rock Climbing Photo: Half way up smoke stack. photo by torie kidd
Half way up smoke stack. photo by torie kidd
Rock Climbing Photo: Alec on smoke stack, a new wave classic!
Alec on smoke stack, a new wave classic!
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterfall at New Wave.
Waterfall at New Wave.

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By Ladd
May 9, 2007
Many of the climbs on the left side of this cliff have a belay bolt, use it if your leader isn't solid at the grade(just remember to not keep you leash too tight).
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Sep 3, 2009
Does anyone know what the routes are to the right of 10 of Spades? you know the ones right by the trail to Kennel Wall.... i've climbed them but i don't know names, grades and order of the ones that aren't in the book...
By Jeffrey.LeCours
From: New Hampshire
Sep 4, 2009
The internetz have told me that they might be:

Night Crawler - 5.9 (Balancey slab moves)
Schist Another Crack - 5.7 (trad gear to tree)

... but maybe someone who knows what they're talking about can confirm :)
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Sep 4, 2009
thanks jeff but i think those are the ones in the old book.... there are now 3 bolted routes here im not sure if one is the 5.7 trad route thats been retroed... but i dont think so... anyway, thanks for your help and i guess we will keep researching, then i can finish my New Wave map :)
By Hannah W
Aug 15, 2010
I found an extendo draw with blue/black webbing, a purple petzl spirit carabiner on one end and a yellow black diamond carabiner on the other end at new wave yesterday. Please let me know if it's yours and I will try to get it back to you.
By Jay Knower
From: Campton, NH
Aug 29, 2014
Does anyone know what's up with those anchors between Sally's Alley and Black Dog Crack? They're up and right of the Sally's Alley anchors on a steep face right below the top. Thanks!

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