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4. The Perfect Wave Slab
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Silver Surfer T 
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Take A Giant Step 5.8+PG / 5.7-5.6 PG-R T 
Tsunami T 


YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 225'
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Joe Cote & Mike Hartrich, 1975
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Submitted By: Robert Hall on Oct 8, 2014

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BETA PHOTO: Path along base to get to the Tsunami / Cruise Con...


Another beautiful climb on the "Perfect Wave Slab". Handren gave it 3 stars out of 3 (the only such rating he gave to any Rainbow climb).

See the ROUTE PHOTO posted to Cruise Control.

Approach- From where the climber's path reaches the slab, walk right along the base about 35-40 ft. Go uphill to a dirt ledge below a brownish 12ft-high slab. Scramble or belay-climb up the 12 ft face to a large ledge with a couple of pine trees, one of which is knocked over.

An interesting alternate approach is to climb Perfect Wave (5.7) as far as the threaded anchor, and WITH A 70 METER ROPE, thread the anchor and then lower down ("tension traverse" downhill) Tsunami to this same ledge. Don't try it with a 60M rope!...and don't try it as your first ( or even 2nd) tension traverse.

P1 - From the tree ledge (see topo), climb up and left to the obvious dike; follow this to the threaded anchor of Perfect Wave. 115 ft 5.6

Descent- Thread the anchor and lower back with a 70M, or continue climbing up to the top of the slab and the bolted anchor at the top of Silver Surfer.


Usual rack, at least one natural thread along the way; and the smaller Aliens are useful.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tsunami Ledge Topo - Covers area obscured by trees...
BETA PHOTO: Tsunami Ledge Topo - Covers area obscured by trees...

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By Tony Telesco
From: Newport, VT
Oct 26, 2015

If you wanted to go super light on the rack this climb can be well protected with only tri-cams and threaded runners - I think I placed 3 of each.

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