From the Washington State Park's Page [www.parks.wa.gov/474/Beacon-Rock]: Beacon Rock offers excellent opportunities for rock climbing, and is considered to be some of the very best "Traditional Climbing" in the northwest. Climbers do need to be aware of where and when they climb due to management restrictions. Only the NW corner is open to climbing year round. The east face is closed year round due to environmental sensitivity. The rest of Beacon Rock is closed to rock climbing from February 1 to mid July annually to protect sensitive wildlife habitat. Call the park at (509) 427-8265 for more information.
This information is a public crowdsourcing effort between the Access Fund,
and Mountain Project. You should confirm closures, restrictions, and/or related dates.
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.
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 GhaMby From: Heaven Aug 8, 2011 rating: 5.10b6a+19VII-19E2 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 Administrator Aug 8, 2011 rating: 5.10b6a+19VII-19E2 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.