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FA: FA (using chockstone placed by Bridwell): Tom Higgins, 1973. FFA (chockstone removed): Dale Bard, by 1977
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


This is the wide crack that splits the roof at the top of The Owl.


Pro to 6".


Will S
Joshua Tree
Will S   Joshua Tree
While it appears that this is wide all the way, it actually tapers inside very quickly and is basically a fist crack until maybe 2' from the end of the roof. Blue, gray, and purple camalots, with an optional 5" or 6" piece. May 23, 2010
Bryan G
Bryan G   Yosemite
Lots of great history in this thread

supertopo.com/climbing/thre… Apr 12, 2011
FA(using chockstone placed by Bridwell): Tom Higgins, 1973
FFA(chockstone removed): Dale Bard, [not Jardine], by 1977 Jan 7, 2012
Evan Wisheropp
Evan Wisheropp  
There is a lot of mystery and misinformation about the route out there. I would say your best option is to just get up there and give it a go. Will's gear list is good. Bringing a few extra #3s will keep the rope up in the crack and out of your way, followed by a #4 and old #4. A #5 isn't great, but a #6 is the best way to keep your head from smacking the slab if you fall right after the crux. Place gear attentively or you'll be in for an unpleasant surprise while trying to top out. Regardless, cleaning and getting off of the top is a pain. Dec 3, 2016
Louis Mullerleile
Sacramento, California
Louis Mullerleile   Sacramento, California
After you crush this thing, down aiding is best option imo, then rapping. Jan 16, 2017