Type: TR, 60 ft
FA: FA: Werner Braun, Dale Bard, Ron Kauk. First Free Solo: Scott Cosgrove (mid 1980s)
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Shared By: Osprey Overhang on Mar 7, 2010 with updates from Russ Walling
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


A great workout. Stem up the increasingly difficult corner (.11d) until you reach the bottom of a roof. Use a hold under the roof to help you stem out to the lip. Turn the lip, passing a bolt. Then ringlock and tight hand jam (.12a) your way up a steep splitter crack to the top.


This is the obvious crack in the middle of the cliff.


Set up a top rope on slings around a tree by walking around the left side of the cliff, however, there is no reason why this climb can not be lead with small to medium sized gear.


Props to Cos for the solo, but a number of guys, including myself, did this in the late '70's. Can't remember if TR or lead. RIP Cos. Feb 7, 2017
Russ Walling
Russ Walling   www.FishProducts.com
Say Bill, I think it was Mark Chapman on the FA in like '76? I'll try to dig up some info. The master FA list compiled by Clint Cummins has this entry wrong. Feb 7, 2017
Russ Walling
Russ Walling   www.FishProducts.com
From the horses mouth:

Werner Braun writes:
The first time was me, Dale Bard, Kauk, and one other person I forgot who.
We all went down there to top rope it.
There were telephone lines there that you would swing into and hit when you popped off at the exit of the stem pod (first real crux) Those guys all thought those telephone wires where AC hot lines you would get electrocuted if you touched them, ha ha ha. I told em there's no danger at all! Of course, they didn't believe me and made me go up and hit them to confirm which I did.

Then we started the top rope contest.
can't remember who got it first.

Don't know who led it first.
Don't even care who led it first.
Stupid to lead anyways, haha Feb 7, 2017
Thanks for the updated history! Werner (and Clint) are great for that. I could have been there that day, or sometime right after with other guys. I only climbed with those guys a few times, but we all had friendly rivalries, competing to do the next hard crack or repeat someones new testpeice. Feb 8, 2017
Joe Stern
Moab, Utah
Joe Stern   Moab, Utah
For the TR, we hiked up on the right side of the cliff, which seemed to have (somewhat) less poison oak.

For the lead, take a set of cams from blue alien or purple metolius up to #1 BD, with an extra .75 BD and a quickdraw.

Short climb, but very fun moves from bottom to top. May 22, 2017