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Yosemite's Owl Roof. It's a lot of work for such a short route. The end of the roof marks the start the crux. What you don't see in these photos, is that the gear can get in the way of the pivot, but falling without gear will slam you into the low angle wall below, that is assuming you didn't insert your foot incorrectly and snap your ankle. This is one of those routes where the grade for leading it and top roping are incomparable. Because of these challenges, this route has a history of people calling it good enough at the lip, which cheats you of the "lovely" surprise which awaits after you pivot, the true test of how well you placed your gear; did your rope get pinched?
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Evan Wisheropp
Dec 3, 2016
Yosemite's Owl Roof. It's a lot of work for such a short route. The end of the roof marks the start the crux. What you don't see in these photos, is that the gear can get in the way of the pivot, but falling without gear will slam you into the low angle wall below, that is assuming you didn't insert your foot incorrectly and snap your ankle. This is one of those routes where the grade for leading it and top roping are incomparable. Because of these challenges, this route has a history of people calling it good enough at the lip, which cheats you of the "lovely" surprise which awaits after you pivot, the true test of how well you placed your gear; did your rope get pinched?  
Best photo I've seen of this route, good job on the send too! Wish I could give it another try some day, but time is running out for me:(. Jan 11, 2017
For those photographers out there, here's the behind the scenes shot. Since we only had two of us, and the optimal shot is above the belay, I strapped my tripod to the cliff with a few cams and rigged up a wireless trigger so the belayer could snap a few photos with the trigger safe in their pocket. Jan 12, 2017
Peter Lewis
Bridgton, ME
Peter Lewis   Bridgton, ME
Awesome improv on the shot rigging, EW, and a wonderful shot. Perfectly captures why we all love climbing so much. Apr 19, 2018

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