We pulled into the parking lot sometime much later than we had planned and had a greeting with hundreds of tourists. After putting together a rack we were ready to depart, but after the tourists noticed our "shiny things" and a "climbing rope" they wanted to take pictures. Since both of us are nice guys *cough* ATTENTION WHORES! *cough*, we did not refuse and enjoyed every second of our hard earned fame.
|How it really was #NOTDATEPIC|
|The climb goes up this buttress to the top of Stanford Point #SICKKK!|
|Widows Tears Amphitheater #HARDMENICECLIMBHERE|
|Me at the base of the route #RADVIEWDUDE|
|Gleb starting to lead the first pitch (5.10a with really fun climbing) #READY.SET.SEND!|
|Gleb is super excited about the 5.11 roof #LOOKINSHARPBRO!|
|View of El Cap and Ribbon Falls #ROCKSNTHANGS!|
|Gleb leading pitch 2 - 5.11 roof! #SOFT!|
Aside from a traverse on pitch three, the climbing on Windfall was fantastic. The lichen was present, but not enough to really be noticed. Aside from third we thought the other pitches deserved 4/4 stars. The giant roof and an overhanging crack in a corner took the prize for some of the wildest pitches either of us have done on granite. I did not think there were many pitches that overhang more than The Enema, but on this route I found two!
|Widows Tears Amphitheater|
|Me happy about (barely) sendin the 4th pitch (5.11a). Look at my tag line to understand how overhanging it is.|
|You can see part of the thin hands start of 5th pitch at the bottom. #WHEREPERMADRAWSAT|
|Me on pitch 5 (5.10c) #CRANKIN!|
|Me celebrating on top after leading an incredible 5.10c pitch|
|Awesome place to hang out #IAMJOHNMUIRBRO|
|This is the following 5.10a pitch - not bad eh? #SICKMOVES|
|Looking down at wide climbing at the top of 10a pitch #GNAR|
|Me in the 5.8 chimney #MOREWIDEGNARNOPRO|
|Gleb on 2nd to last pitch|
|Looking down at the slab section on the last pitch. My last piece of pro is that shit tree at the start of the ledge #RETROBOLTTHATSHITBRO!|
|At least the views were still inspiring|
|Slightly overhanging 5.8 fist crack to finish the climb. YES PLEASE!|
Here is when we had a little flash-back from a year ago. When we climbed the Ho Chi Minh trail we looked at the topo of the last pitches and laughed. "Eh a few 5.8s. We will cruise to the top and get down to Pizza deck in an hour." Topo for Windchill mentions "one move 5.10a" and 5.8 climbing to the top of the route. Gleb led the 5.8 pitch prior to last, and I took the 10a pitch to the top of the formation. Even though I will not ruin an experience for those who want to do the route by spraying down the beta, I will mention that this pitch does pack some spice and a fall here would be ugly!
|Gleb on the last moves of the climb #SICKKK!!!|
|Us on top #IAMBEAUTIFULNOMATTERWHATYOUSAY|
|Stanford point is an awesome spot. Another great hike to add to your tick list if you are not into climbing Windchill.|
|Awesome to see this as you are descending vs several pitches from the summit #NOWWEMAKEOUT|
In any case, once you are past this section, very enjoyable section of nearly overhanging fists takes you to the top. Unlike the Ho Chi Minh trail, you do not have to get down the sketchy 4th class ledge system, but take a perfect trail all the way down to Wawona Tunnel parking lot. This climb has incredible views, wild climbing and one is NOT likely to be stuck in line behind other climbers. A great route to put on a tick-list for those who are into incredible climbing off the beaten path.
BETA: double rack from green alien to BD#4 cam. Three BD.75/1 cams would be nice to have since 5th pitch takes only that size for the anchor. We did not place nuts. Did not bring a #5 cam, and didn't think it was that important to have. #SACKUPBRO!