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96 viewsCoyote Buttes - a lame alternative to the Wave made even lamer when you're too stupid to follow directions.
unsuccessful Wave trek - 2003
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99 viewsFlashflood warnings on the way to the Wave.
unsuccessful Wave trek - 2003
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111 viewsClimbing the mesas to get to the Wave.
unsuccessful Wave trek - 2003
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91 viewsThe final obstacle that I thought was at the Wave and the decision to go for it or go home.
In hindsight, I came to realize that this wasn't the final obstacle, and it was a good thing that I didn't try to make it.
unsuccessful Wave trek - 2003
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91 viewsAny story that begins, "the map had to be wrong," is only headed one place.

This wasn't the Wave - it was just a rock formation.

unsuccessful Wave trek - 2003
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175 viewsCoyote Buttes outside of the Wave
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89 viewsVictory!!
I make it to the Wave!
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92 viewsThe moon hangs high in the daytime sky above the Wave.
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164 viewsphotography and colors in the shadows of the Wave.
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86 viewserosive patterns in the Wave.
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107 viewsThe view out of the side of the Wave.
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90 viewsWalking out of the Wave.
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90 viewsthe far view of all that exists on the outside of the Wave.
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107 viewsThere's a trail in here, but you have to look closely.
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90 viewsOriginally, when I saw pictures of the Wave, I thought the coyote buttes were more inside of it. Turns out, they're spectacles unto themselves outside of it.
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90 viewsMore views of the trail out of the Wave.
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93 viewsMore views of the trail out of the Wave.
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101 viewsMore views of just how tough the trail out of the Wave is on a gimpy soul like myself.
Thank God for Power Gel and Camelbaks almost keeping water cool.
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92 viewsMore views of the Coyote Buttes on the trail out of the Wave.
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88 viewsMore views of the trail and the horizon out of the Wave.
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166 viewsIf you're coming out of the Wave, you can just figure on the back mountains as the final goal since you can take the trail and go left from there, but the problem is getting down from the mesa we were on and finding the trail across the mesa in front of us.
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94 viewsCoyote Buttes ahead.
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87 viewsMore views of the trail out of the Wave.
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94 viewsCacti!!
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174 viewsVictory!!!
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95 viewsThe sign for the trail to the Wave. This would have been a good thing in 2003, but then again, I wasn' t even on Wire Pass Trail, so it's not like it would have made a difference.
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101 viewsWire Pass Trail to Buckskin Gulch and the Wave
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101 viewsCacti in the Wave
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95 viewsThe trail into and out of the Wave. Slickrock says no footprints. Look for rock piles and gauge it accordingly with GPS intact.
     
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