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Last Wave

This route is located in the Lower Gorge Region at Muscle Beach


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Rocket Man 5.8+ (Trad) ****

First Ascent: Martin Hackworth, Grant Stephens in 1983
Length: 110ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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To the right of Last Wave is an obvious wide crack with a small bulge 15 feet up splitting the face. Climb the fist crack to a ledge then belay. Continue through the flaring chimney and offwidth to the top.
One of the best 5.8 routes in the Red. Pure crack climbing.
Moves: Fists
Descent: Rap from tree
Stays Dry: Does not stay dry
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: caribe
Date: Oct 30th, 2011


ray said on January 11th, 2003
This route completely rocks. The second pitch is short but is the crux. Bring a couple of large pieces for the second pitch. Great view from the top.
Don McGlone said on January 16th, 2003
I can't remember if I did the second pitch or not.
Horatio Felacio said on January 22nd, 2003
I'm pitching a tent right now!
caribe said on October 31st, 2011
The only 5.8 that made me work this hard was Dicey at Best--grade inflation.
theactualchrisbrown said on March 26th, 2012
Three or four BD #3s and two or three #4s sews the first pitch up. Heard there's a spot for a #5, but I didn't find one. Stays pretty slimy for a while after a rain since the jams are so deep. Go right side in and you'll have a good time.
nychef77 said on June 25th, 2012
5.8 (+ 2 more number grades). Nice inflation indeed.
tpowell said on April 7th, 2014
Stays wet for at least 2 days after rain. You definitely know when you're in the business on this one.
discoweasel said on July 18th, 2014
Second pitch is definitely worthwhile! Short, but full value!