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Olas Negras 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Ryan Bello, March 1993.
Season: Any!
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Submitted By: John Knight on Sep 14, 2010

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BETA PHOTO: The anchor for "Olas Negras" consists of...


"Olas Negras" translates to "Black Waves" in English. When you stand at the base of this overhanging climb you'll understand the name. This bolted climb traverses right and is overhanging the entire way.


This route starts 30' or so to the right of the base of "Black Gold". Due to the traversing nature of the climb it's nearly impossible to Top Rope.


Bring 7 draws (maybe an extra if you drop one). You can lower off the closed "cold shuts" at the anchor (you'll need an extra sling or draw to clip in to the anchor so you can untie and thread the cold shuts). Be sure to continue up and right to the cold shuts and not the "Brown Smoothies" anchor.

NOTE - the bolts need to replaced and last I checked a couple of them were missing hangers.

Photos of Olas Negras Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Typical lead bolt on "Olas Negras". All ...
BETA PHOTO: Typical lead bolt on "Olas Negras". All ...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Olas Negras" 5.12a and "Brown Smoo...
BETA PHOTO: "Olas Negras" 5.12a and "Brown Smoo...

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By John Knight
Sep 14, 2010

This could be a really cool sport climb if the bolts were replaced. Over the years, I've had several people contact me re: replacing the anchor & lead bolts on "Olas Negras" and the anchor bolts on "Brown Smoothies". If you're interested in helping replace these bolts, please let me know. I think it would be a really great sport route and ALSO a really cool aid route.

By ryan bello
Dec 1, 2013

You have my "blessing" to replace the bolts. Just try not to add or subtract too many...heehee. Happy climbing guys. Oh yeah...don't forget to enjoy the view.
By John Knight
Mar 30, 2015

Hey Ryan,

Just saw this comment! I have been off Mt. Project since my back surgery aboust 2 years ago. Would love to get you out there - for history - if you have a chance. Are you still local? This has been on my "to do list" for bolt replacement for about 10 years. There is a horrible mix of rusty junk on this climb. Some have been removed (not by me) or fallen out! You may be the last one to lead this climb!

Let me know if you can join us when we do the replacement.


By ryan bello
Sep 18, 2015

All bolts and anchors replaced on Olas Negras. Beefy and ready to have people send one after another. Thanks John Knight and Aaron Formella for the hard work replacing the hardware! Brown Smoothies is a lead climb now as well. 2 fun overhung climbs with one of the best views around.