Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 37.709, -119.666 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Alexey Zelditch on Oct 22, 2009 with 2 Suggestions
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Description

Most of the day in the shade. Consists from The Widow's Tears proper which is ice climbing area in some years in the winter and Tower of Cosmic Wind, which is about 300 yards right from The Widow's Tears.Tower of Cosmic Wind is on the Buttress which lead to Stanford point via Wind Chill. On this Tower located two stelar routes " Windjammer" and "Windfall"To reach Widows Tears proper (for rock climbs during those seasons) I’d recommend following the directions to The Tower of Cosmic Winds then traversing that ledge further left.     Some may want to rope up for it.  We never did, but one could die taking it lightly.  

Getting There

Take highway 41 from the Valley floor. Park at long very narrow not paved pullout Just before Discovery View. From this pullout you can clearly see fissure of Widow's Tears. For "Windjammer" and "Windfall," cross the road and walk up (no trail) to the right. The creek running from Widow's Tears should be at you left. At some point you'll find ducks which lead to the base of "Windjammer." The approach routes are class 3 from the right side as shown in Reid's book. The approach takes about 50 minutes.For The Widow's Tears proper you walk directly up and than follow the bad of the creek. It will bring you to the base where one rope is fix.EDIT, September 2012:Some time after I made route approach description, Cal Trans repaved the road and the old location of "very narrow not paved pullout" is gone - and instead it moved up the road closed to Discovery View and it exactly one mile from junction of hwy 120/41. Now from east end of this new narrow and NOT paved pullout - you can see Tower of Cosmic Wind ( place where Windfall and Windjammer located). Even better view of this formation is from Discovery View east end of Wawona tunnel).From new not paved pullout 1 mile from hw 120/41 go down and toward the Valley about 150 yards until you see open talus crossing the road. From there go up in direction toward Tower of Cosmic Wind try to approach from right side of the Tower follow the talus and cairns.2019:   To reach Widow’s Tears proper for rock climbs during those season series, I’d recommend following description to The Tower of Cosmic Winds then keep traversing left.   Some may want a rope for this.  We never did, but one could die if it’s taken lightly.    

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Widow's Tears Area

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WI5
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Widow's Tears
Ice 7 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Windfall
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Windchill
Trad 13 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Riding on the Wind
Trad 10 pitches
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 3
The Lurch
Trad 7 pitches
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Widow's Tears
 7
WI5 Ice 7 pitches
Windfall
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Windchill
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 13 pitches
Riding on the Wind
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 10 pitches
The Lurch
 3
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad 7 pitches
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