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Drive By Shooting 

YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]
FA: Ken Ariza, Cade Loyd, Tucker Tech, & Chris Holmes - October 1988
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Submitted By: Osprey Overhang on Mar 6, 2010

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Description 

One of the harder .12a sport climbs in the Valley. It is steep and clean. The first four bolts are easy and will lead you to a good rest. Then, move out left and into the crux moves. Stick two fingers into the white dike's hole and move up into a slippery tight hand jam and clip the fifth bolt. Continue up difficult 5.11 clipping a final bolt before reaching the jug at the top.

Location 

Park at the Chapel and walk toward the cliff. Follow the trail to Bridalveil Falls for 50 yards or so. Take an obvious footpath to the left when the cliff almost reaches the trail. Drive by is the sport climb right where the footpath meets the cliff. Just to the right of the large left facing corner. There are two sport climbs that share the same first bolt. Drive By is the one on the right.

Protection 

Seven quickdraws. Chains on top.


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By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
Mar 6, 2010

I have climbed this about a half a dozen times and have never taken anything but quickdraws. The Don Reid guide says to bring a #2 friend. I've fallen clipping the bolt above where the friend would go and the fall is safe and clean.
By Frank Sosa
From: Washington
Apr 4, 2011

"Stick two fingers into the white dike's hole and move up into a slippery tight..."

Sorry, I found that bit amusing!
By Pavel Burov
Sep 15, 2014

As today (Sep 14th, 2014) there were 7 bolts on this route. Probably a bolt was added recently?