Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Ken Ariza, Cade Loyd, Tucker Tech, & Chris Holmes - October 1988
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Shared By: Osprey Overhang on Mar 6, 2010
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


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.


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.


Seven quickdraws. Chains on top.


Osprey Overhang
Osprey Overhang   ...
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. Mar 6, 2010
Frank Sosa
Frank Sosa   Washington
"Stick two fingers into the white dike's hole and move up into a slippery tight..."

Sorry, I found that bit amusing! Apr 4, 2011
Pavel Burov
Pavel Burov   Russia
As today (Sep 14th, 2014) there were 7 bolts on this route. Probably a bolt was added recently? Sep 15, 2014
Michael Dom  
My vote for the best sport line in the valley. Dec 12, 2016
Fantastic movement and great fun. Ignore the reid guide-- no #2 friend is needed-- I think a bolt has been added since that was published? Apr 5, 2017