The Notch Route
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Michael McKay enjoys easy laybacking as he climbs ...
A classic picnic route, and the easiest way to access the top of the Rostrum.
Rappel 60 feet from trees into the notch between the South Rim and the Rostrum. Establish a belay on a comfortable ledge. Step boldly right onto a rounded arete, with 1,500 feet of air beneath your heals. Take a moment to enjoy the incredible exposure, then jam your way up and left to the top of the Rostrum.
Unless you are using a tyrolean to get back to the rim, rappel 70 feet from bolts back into the notch. Climb an easy, right-facing corner back to the rim.
When standing on the rim, looking out to the Rostrum, walk left into the trees until you are directly across from the obvious bolt anchor atop the Rostrum. The initial rappel descends the corner that will later be climbed back to the rim.
The Rostrum pitch (5.6) uses tiny gear to 1.5 inches. The Rim pitch (5.4) uses a few pieces in the 2-3 inch range.
BETA PHOTO: David Hoffberg uses a tyrolean traverse to get bac...
The Rostrum Pitch: Matthew Fienup enjoys incredibl...
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Aug 24, 2009
This route is one of my very favorite ways to introduce people to climbing in Yosemite. Simply awesome.