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  • Description 

    The Rostrum is a beautiful pillar of gray rock with sheer orange sections and beautiful crack systems. It is visable directly across from the Reed's Pinnacle area and is distinguishable by it's blocky summit. The climb to do is The North Face (5.11c), commonly called "The Rostrum," but also Blind Faith -- a burly crack system to the right, and the Kaukulator -- a short climb near the halfway ledge of the formation.

    The Rostrum faces north and is a great shady spot in the summer heat.


    Getting There 

    Take HWY 41 out of the Valley and follow it through a tunnel and on to a long stretch of stone wall. Park at the pullout along this wall or at a dirt pullout just past it. The descent trail begins at the west end of the wall and descends directly to the summit area, and then skirts steeply down the west side of the formation. The halfway ledge is visible through the trees, and shortly thereafter a series of three single-rope rappels takes you to the base. It would also be possible to approach via HWY 140 from the vicinity of the Generator Crack area.


    4 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Rostrum:
    The North Face   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 8 pitches, 700'   
    Blind Faith   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
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    TRing the Alian Finish

    The North Face 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : The Rostrum
    The Rostrum is a truly rad climb. Every pitch is high quality and would be sought after individual classics were they at any crag, but stacked on top of each other they create a superb and memorable challenge. The climbing is secure, well protected, and physical. Park at the pullout along the stone wall, or just past it at a dirt pullout. Follow the trail(which begins just west of the stone wall) down past some slabs and on to an obvious rappel point on a tree. Two more raps (all with a sin...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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    Darshan throws the rope of the top of the Rostrum
    Darshan throws the rope of the top of the Rostrum
    The Offwidth pitch on the North Face of the Rostrum <br />photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br />
    The Offwidth pitch on the North Face of the Rostru...
    Paul Parker on the Alien Roof (5.12b), Yosemite Valley. Photo by Brian Bailey.
    Paul Parker on the Alien Roof (5.12b), Yosemite Va...
    Matthew Fienup on the very exposed Notch Route, the Rostrum.
    Matthew Fienup on the very exposed Notch Route, th...
    The Rostrum as seen from the Merced river
    BETA PHOTO: The Rostrum as seen from the Merced river
    looking up the 11c crack right off the halfway ledge.
    looking up the 11c crack right off the halfway led...
    The Rostrum, Yosemite Valley.
    The Rostrum, Yosemite Valley.
    The Rostrum. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
    The Rostrum.
    Photo by Blitzo.
    Michael McKay on the Rostrum tyrolean.
    Michael McKay on the Rostrum tyrolean.
    View from atop the Rostrum.
    View from atop the Rostrum.
    The roof moves on the Excellent Adventure <br />Photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br />
    The roof moves on the Excellent Adventure
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    Alex Abzug on the Rostrum tyrolean
    Alex Abzug on the Rostrum tyrolean
    Looking down on the overhanging OW on Uprising  <br /> <br />edit: correct name of route
    Looking down on the overhanging OW on Uprising

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    Check with the park about the seasonal raptor closure on the Rostrum.
    Check with the park about the seasonal raptor clos...
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    By Sergio P
    From: Idaho Springs, CO
    Jun 24, 2007

    There are seasonal closings for bird nesting in spring to early summer.

    By Adam Stackhouse
    Administrator
    Feb 9, 2010

    Cool video of a pair really placing gear and looking for holds!