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WI5

   
Type:  Ice, 4 pitches, 600', Grade III
Original: WI5 [details]
FA: Mark Chapman, Kevin Worral, Pete Minks 1977
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Submitted By: Richard Shore on Jan 7, 2016

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RS following the crux P3. Photo: Vitaliy M.

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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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Rock Climbing Photo: Vitaliy M. following P2 of Silver Strand
Vitaliy M. following P2 of Silver Strand
Rock Climbing Photo: Richard Shore leading P2 of Silver Strand. Photo: ...
Richard Shore leading P2 of Silver Strand. Photo: ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Vitaliy M. on the crux lead of Silver Strand
Vitaliy M. on the crux lead of Silver Strand
Rock Climbing Photo: Headed for the rim, P4. Photo: Vitaliy M.
Headed for the rim, P4. Photo: Vitaliy M.
Rock Climbing Photo: RS following P1 of Silver Strand. Photo: Vitaliy M...
RS following P1 of Silver Strand. Photo: Vitaliy M...
Rock Climbing Photo: Vitaliy M leading P1 of Silver Strand
Vitaliy M leading P1 of Silver Strand
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching Silver Strand during a drought year, J...
Approaching Silver Strand during a drought year, J...
Rock Climbing Photo: Silver Strand with approximate belays. Jan 2 2015
Silver Strand with approximate belays. Jan 2 2015

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