The Wave

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A magnificent feature, a wide wall of impeccable rock topped off by a rolling wave of rippled sandstone. All the routes that climb to and through the feature known as the Wave are well worth doing. The area is not very popular; though this is more to do with grades than quality. Guidebook page 315.

Route (click for voting and user comments) Symbols Grade
1
The Shiner
A short lived battle with the bulges. Continue to the top at VS.
 
Strong
V1 5b
2
The Skate
Undercut leftwards then stretch up and right to a break and poor jams. Finish direct more easily.
 
Pumpy
Graunchy
V2 5c
3
Flying Fish
Use the undercut to reach crusty flakes then move left to a sloper. Finish more easily above. The fingery wall just to the...
 
1 Stars
Technical
Rounded
V3 6A
4
The Sting
10m. Follow the trio of finger-flakes up the wall by tricky climbing then tackle the bulges on rounded holds with difficulty.
 
2 Stars
Crimpy
Rounded
Fluttery
E3 6a
5
Honeycomb Wall
10m. The bubbly wall is climbed to the break where an escape into The Sting is possible.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
V10 7C+
6
The Manta Top 50
10m. The superb and elegant curving flake looks easy enough until you get on it, at which point it proves to be both strenuous...
 
3 Stars
Pumpy
E3 6a
7
Vienna
The famous dyno has become very worn through over-use.
 
Banned
V8 7B+
8
Rising Damp
20m. The traverse is a taxing stamina problem with sustained difficulties as far as the sandy hollows, then an easier finish.
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
E4 6b
9
Inner Space
12m. Start through the right-hand end of a diagonal overlap and continue up the wall to reach the break. Move right a metre or...
 
2 Stars
Technical
Rounded
Fluttery
E5 6b
10
The Wave
14m. A classic, the second route to breach the Wave. Climb the white flakes to their top, then make difficult moves up to reach...
 
3 Stars
Reachy
Crimpy
Fluttery
E5 6a
11
High Tide
16m. Climb The Wave to the break then head strenuously leftwards until above the sandy hollows on Rising Damp. Finish directly...
 
2 Stars
Pumpy
Rounded
E5 6a
12
Captain Haddock
Thin moves up the wall right of the white flake.
 
1 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
V5 6C
13
Rough Passage
14m. The tough wall leads past two old bolts to the break. Swing left for three metres to exit via a scoop, with difficulty.
 
3 Stars
Technical
Crimpy
Fluttery
E6 6b
14
Poseidon Adventure Top 50
12m. A fine climb, the first to breach the Wave's defences. A right-trending line leads to a worrying stretch for the break....
1 user comment
 
3 Stars
Crimpy
Fluttery
E4 6a
15
The Bends
12m. Climb the wall, trending slightly leftwards past a diagonal undercut, to reach a shallow scoop with difficulty. Exit via...
 
1 Stars
Technical
E4 6b
16
Green Crack
11m. The crack in the corner is an adventure. It sees fewer ascents than most of the E5s hereabouts.
1 user comment
 
1 Stars
Graunchy
HVS 5b
17
Rip the Lip
24m. It had to be done - the pumpfest, linking the top of Green Crack with the finish of The Wave. The difficulties are...
 
Pumpy
E6 6a
  • Latest Comments

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    Yellow Peril
    "Not a route to fall off.....ankle smasher...at best." 12/Jun

    Tiger's Wall
    "VS in all guides I've seen. Is about the same as lorraine in difficulty" 22/Nov top50

    Russet Groove
    "Excellent diff. My first ever lead and still an exellent route!" 10/Apr top50

    Klondyke Wall
    "You have to go a fair way before getting any gear, after which its all over. Ni..." 16/Nov top50

    Jock Strap
    "I'm 8ft 2 and thought it was V1" 20/Oct

    Scorpion
    "not one move on this climb is more than 4b. the top crux is protected by wires, ..." 19/Oct

    Lorraine
    "I'm a thug, and it was a piece of piss to solo. It's still clearly and objective..." 26/Jul top50

    Lorraine
    "HVS. End of debate you thugs....................." 21/Aug top50

    Tiger's Wall
    "It is HVS but it isn't Northumberland HVS! Sacrelidge!" 29/Mar top50

    Jock Strap
    "No harder than the original" 06/Mar

    Lorraine
    "Absolutely superb. Shouldn't be upgraded as its so easily read from the ground...." 29/Jan top50

    Abanana
    "Its a solo but if you can do the first moves you'll be ok with the rest" 22/Dec

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