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Lurch, The T 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Silver Strand WI5
Widow's Tears WI5
Windchill T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Windfall T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Windjammer T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Type: Ice, 600 ft, 4 pitches, Grade III
FA: Mark Chapman, Kevin Worral, Pete Minks 1977
Page Views: 526 total, 22/month
Shared By: Richard Shore on Jan 7, 2016
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

Of all Yosemite's ephemeral frozen waterfalls, Silver Strand might be considered the most "reliable" of the lot, with up to 600 feet of sticky wet ice which can form after a deep cold snap. Plainly obvious from the Tunnel View pullout.

Conditions from an ascent in early 2015:

P0 - We soloed up some 4th class rock off to the left and traversed over to the base of the ice.
P1 - 50M WI4, long pitch to belay on blocky terrain.
P2 - 30M WI3, lower angle steps with potential mixed. Belay at base of steep curtain.
P3 - 50M WI5, crux. Belay wherever convenient after the angle eases back.
P4 - 40M WI3, getting wet up here! Belay at trees on top.

Location

Park at Tunnel View. Walk down the road for a few minutes, then bushwhack straight uphill to the base. Allow 1 hour or more for the approach. From the top, join the Inspiration Point Trail and head west back down to your car.

Protection

Ice screws, a dozen or so. Stubbies could prove useful depending on conditions. Timing is everything!

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