This aptly named route forms as two small, yellow, vertical pillars stacked on top of each other.
NOTE: It is very possible that the wide yellow curtain (if it touched down?) just left of the 2 stacked pillars in the picture is the original line. Gillett's description leads me to believe that there is only 1 pillar, not 2. Or perhaps "Yellow Tears" is the single pillar on the bottom left of the photo, and "Blue Moon" is the 2 stacked pillars *shrug*. Either way, these things look sick, so go climb them!!
This route is just right of "Stoneman" in the back of the Black Lake Cirque. Descend via V-threads if avi danger looks bad, or climb the upper pitch of "West Gully" and walk off to the West if you are feeling ambitious. Better yet, don't climb it when avi danger looks bad. Otherwise, walk off to the East.
Ice screws and big bah-gunga's.
BETA PHOTO: Yellow Tears (WI5) on 30 Jan 2007.
Right side stuff, WI5.
Heck, I'll take a run up it.
|By Greg Sievers|
From: Estes Park, CO
Jan 8, 2012
Newz flash 1/8/2012:
RMNP and access to the Black Lake cirque - Due to a Nov. 12 micro-burst, there are thousands of mature, downed trees between Mill's Lake & Black Lake. Many are ripped up attached to their entire root ball. If you plan to climb ice up there (like Stoneman or Yellow Tears or summer routes on Arrowhead, Chiefshead, Spearhead), expect a 4 hour approach.