Type: Trad, 500 ft (152 m), 5 pitches
FA: Mark Chapman, Kevin Worrall, 1976
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Shared By: Alexey Zelditch on Oct 22, 2009
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P1. Thin crack, some off-fingers, hard for 10a, 70feet
p2. Crux of the route- turning the lip of 5 feet roof . Hard for 11a, or I did not figured out the right move. 70 feet
p3. Traverse to the base of p4. short pitch 70 of 5.8
p4. Awesome overhanging hands and fists. Remind me Pink Think at Indian creek, but much harder. I used 3 #1, 3#2, 2#3 , 1#4 Camalots and , 1#4 Friend for this pitch. 120 feet, 5.11a
p5. Thin hands, off-fingers, fingers, low angle great pitch- 120 feet 10c.
We did rappels with one 70m rope. No bolts, slings around the trees

Update from sept2012
Attention: rappel trees for last two rappels seems too scary and difficult to back up.
Whoever goes there to climb Windfall and Windjammer - take a bolt kit with you to make rappel safe


Double from green alien to #4 Camelot. Plus extra #1 and #2 Camalots for p4

Getting There

Approach: Park at Wawona Tunnel Lot and walk east, down the road, towards the Valley. You can see the Widow's Tears Amphitheater from the road. The route is on the buttress that forms the right side of the amphitheater.

Look for a large, deep natural drainage down off the right side of the road - it's a ways down the road. Start hiking uphill just past this drainage. Go uphill through trees and mossy boulders until you reach an old roadbed that runs parallel to Highway 41.

A few cairns on the old road mark the spot to continue uphill. If you don't see them just continue uphill through a large talus field trending towards the right side of the formation. We found it easiest to follow the talus drainage all the way to the base of the wall, a few hundred meters right of the start of the route. This makes for an easier traverse over to the base.

Descent: You can rap Windfall with a single 70m rope in three rappels. As of 10/2014, the first rap anchor, at the top of the 10c splitter, consists of two nice fixed nuts and a sling. The next two stations are rat's nests of slings on decently solid trees. Consider bringing some webbing/cordage to clean up the rap anchors if you're planning on rapping the route.