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Road Wave 

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

Type:  Sport, 50'
Original:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Kent Barton, Michael Forkash, Howie Stern
New Route: Yes
Page Views: 745
Submitted By: Howie Stern on Dec 22, 2011

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Passing the last bolt


Super fun route with the easiest approach in the Gorge. First crux (10a) is a technical traverse to the right (can be avoided by going way low, but you'd only be cheating yourself), second crux (10c) is the overlap to the pocketed head wall. Much better than it looks!


Bolts, a bunch of them

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Rock Climbing Photo: Road Wave
Road Wave
Rock Climbing Photo: Great little slab climb along the access road.
Great little slab climb along the access road.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing in the Owens Gorge
Climbing in the Owens Gorge

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By Morgan Nutting
From: Bishop, CA
Oct 12, 2012

I always see this pile and wonder, who is gonna stop to climb this thing?
By Howie Stern
From: Mammoth Lakes, Ca
Nov 10, 2012

Perhaps you should try it and you'll realize it is quite fun...I know quite a few people who have climbed it...and dig it...
By James Barnett
From: Bishop Ca.
Dec 22, 2012

Finally did this route after walking by many times.
Fun and worth doing, keep it real by staying on route
By outdooreric
From: Bishop, CA
Jan 18, 2013

I spied this line a few years back, but never thought anyone would care to climb it so I left it alone. Guess I was wrong.
By Bowens
Apr 1, 2013

A good lead. Quite fun. On your way back to the car, pull the rope and harness back out of the bag and give it a go!
By David C.
From: Torrance, CA
Sep 30, 2013
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

This route is fun, really worth doing on the way out of the Gorge. Not sure if this is 5.10c, felt more like 10a to me, but I may be wrong. I admit that I love low angle routes and that the character of this route was exactly my cup of tea, but it just felt too easy to be 10c (and I'm positive I stayed on route)
By kelly cordner
From: Fish Lake Valley, NV
Dec 30, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Softest rock climb in the gorge. i was able to make one of the pockets deeper with my fingernail. Stay to the right for the 5.9 variation.
By Niko Nakamura
From: Reno
Nov 23, 2015
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b

I loved this climb! Three different parties walked by and were almost shocked we stopped to climb it. A couple of them decided it looked fun. If you like slab definitely give this a go.

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