A look at the Rostrum from across the Valley. 1000 feet of awesome crack climbing.
The Rostrum is one of the few climbs in the Valley that you approach from the top.
Looking up from the base.
Preparing for battle with the squeeze chimney on pitch 1. The pack eventually had to come off too.
P2 (5.11a) climbs the steep finger crack left of the big flake. Apparently you can also climb the flake at 5.10 R.
Looking up the fun 5.10 liebacking and jamming of pitch 3.
The great fingers splitter is nominally the route's crux at 5.11c. It's probably a bit soft for the grade for Yosemite, and some of the upper pitches are just as tough, I think.
Chilling on the nice ledge after pitch 3.
Cranking through the pumpy lieback section after the crux on pitch 4.
Whew! Through the hard climbing on pitch 4 and into some fun 5.9 jamming.
Pitch 5, 10d. Jamming, stemming, and a wild roof to cap it off.
Coming up pitch 5. See if you can spot the other climber on the route.
Pitch 6 begins with a slippery 5.10 traverse to a notorious 5.10- offwidth.
Taking a breather and enjoying the scenery on the OW pitch. We were both quite tired at this point.
Pitch 7 (5.11-) involves, you guessed it, more steep jamming, stopping just below the upper roof.
After a final pitch of 5.9 OW, we topped out, exhausted but pleased!
Another great thing about the Rostrum: once you top out, you are only about 20 minutes away from your car. Time to go get some dinner!