Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Don Reid & Grant Hiskes - October, 1980
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Shared By: Osprey Overhang on Mar 11, 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


An eighties classic! Talk about going through the sizes. This crack starts out small and straight in, then turns left facing and slowly gets wider as it gets higher.


Follow directions to Drive By Shooting. Wind through the talus to the right and gain the climber's trail that skirts the base of the cliff to the west. Look for the short left arching crack, just below Cosmic Debris.


Single set to a #4 Camelot.


Osprey Overhang
Osprey Overhang   ...
The crack starts out about ten feet above the ground. There use to be a bay tree that was used to access the crack. The tree has since died and is no longer there. A bolt was placed, apparently with the permission of the first ascentist, but was quickly chopped. Now, it may require a climb your partner and stand on his/her shoulders start.

I have not been on the climb since 2000-2003. The anchor was in bad shape. Has this been fixed?

The top rope to the left is called Scattered Youth .11d Mar 12, 2010
Billy Smallen
Salt Lake City, UT
Billy Smallen   Salt Lake City, UT
The anchor was in bad shape! When I replaced it in 2006, the bolts were scary... they were backed up with three stoppers in the crack to the right! I carry one of those bolts around with me as a reminder of how deceptively bad 1/4" bolts can be, it was rusted internally, but not visibly, and broke easily as I tried to remove it. The anchor is bomber now, and the route is amazing!

When I was last on it (2006) someone had propped up a large branch to climb up to get the first hold.

Beautiful climb, dont miss it! May 1, 2011
Alexey Zelditch
San Jose
Alexey Zelditch   San Jose
I enjoyed the climb breathing hard by the end. Tricky to start without the tree. Bring the 12feet ladder to bypass 12 feet of blank face.
Took double rack up to #4 and used them all.
Top rope to the left Scattered Youth .11d - interesting climb May 13, 2013
Tahoma, California
kolamjr   Tahoma, California
This was my first Yosemite Valley climb. It was mid to late 90's. I think it was early April, but I could be wrong, and the climb was wet, especially the webbing at the anchors and most of the upper, and some of the start portion of the crack. This also made feet very slippery once you start the crack.
At that time we still started off of the stump of the tree.
Being wet really added to that climb, but it was a blast, and I have only the best memories of that climb. I Highly recommend this climb! Apr 24, 2015
Michael Dom  
just a single set from .2-.75 bd #2-4 is nice for the top section. Oct 24, 2017