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YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

Type: Trad, 1 pitch, 105'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ British: E2 5b [details]
Season: When Dry
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Submitted By: Karsten on Nov 15, 2006
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Beacon Rock is only open to climbers from July 15th through February 2nd due to peregrine falcon nesting. MORE INFO >>>


Windsurfer is a fun and interesting classic corner with several small roof features. True to the climbing at Beacon, the climb requires innovative moves and fun positioning. It is easy to get tunnel vision on this route but looking for stems makes the route much easier.


The route is located on the left side of the south wall. Just before a large overhung section of poorer rock and loose talus windsurfer climbs an obvious left facing corner to a ledge.

Caution when lowering -your 60m rope will barely make it!!!!!


Standard rack to 3.5 inches (optional larger pieces)
Bolted anchors on ledge at top.

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Joseph gets an elusive rest just before the tricky crux section.
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By Ian G.
From: PDX, OR
Aug 7, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

Definitely bring extra small pieces. Great route.

By Bennett
From: pdx
Aug 1, 2011

Solid for the grade. Done a lot of 10b routes in Yosemite Valley and Windsurfer is no give away, definitely harder and more sustained than your average 10b, but a must do with solid, if a little techy to place at times, pro (crack can be a little flaring or open up in the back)... I would give 5 stars... placed a 4 and 5 camalot on here but not mandatory, could take a third three and not be too run...

By DoesNotCare
From: Heaven
Aug 8, 2011
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

Super classic route, but I think for Beacon, Yosemite and Broughton this is a rather soft 10b, but maybe I'm just extra good at stemming???

By slim
Aug 8, 2011
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

i think the thing that makes it feel a little harder is that the rock quality isn't that great in several places. i remember not really wanting to fall on it. also, it was hotter than the hinges of hell and humid. great climbing, but if a friend was breaking into the grade i wouldn't recommend it.

By the professor
Sep 21, 2013

FA by Bob McGown in the mid 1980s. Was originally rated 5.10a which was a bit of a sandbag even for Beacon Rock.