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Opsrey Overhang, Regular Route 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 150', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: TylerW on Feb 11, 2010
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Osprey overhang can be seen from Tenaya lake as a chunk of rock on the western skyline with a prominent roof. This is Osprey Overhang. The regular route chimneys through a large break in the roof. To get there, follow an obvious corner with some mildly awkward 5.7 stemming and liebacking.

It is about an hour quasi-bushwhack approach for a short climb, but the summit views are awesome.

See the awesome updated (4th ed.) Reid/Falkenstein guide for more info.


Park at the Olmstead canyon turnoff and hike through breaks in the cliffs up the hill. Pretty hard to miss.


Standard Yosemite rack. No bolts. I don't remember needing anything larger than a BD #3.

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Scott leading up the bottom section of Osprey Overhang
Scott leading up the bottom section of Osprey Over...
Bushwhacking descent back to the car
Bushwhacking descent back to the car
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By c scott
Feb 16, 2010

You pretty much need to climb this because it's such a landmark in Tuolumne. Hard to believe it's not too hard when you see it from the road. Lots of hiking to get up there, but you pass lots of other good climbs in the canyon along the way, such as creatures, ivory tower, lord caffeine, etc. The climb is super fun, albeit only one pitch. And, in accordance with Tyler's description, you can see the whole world, more or less, from the top.