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Location: 37.7187, -119.7079 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Rostrum is a beautiful pillar of gray rock with sheer orange sections and beautiful crack systems. It is visable directly across from the Reed's Pinnacle area and is distinguishable by it's blocky summit. The climb to do is The North Face (5.11c), commonly called "The Rostrum," but also Blind Faith -- a burly crack system to the right, and the Kaukulator -- a short climb near the halfway ledge of the formation.

The Rostrum faces north and is a great shady spot in the summer heat.

Getting There 

Take HWY 41 out of the Valley and follow it through a tunnel and on to a long stretch of stone wall. Park at the pullout along this wall or at a dirt pullout just past it. The descent trail begins at the west end of the wall and descends directly to the summit area, and then skirts steeply down the west side of the formation. The halfway ledge is visible through the trees, and shortly thereafter a series of three single-rope rappels takes you to the base. It would also be possible to approach via HWY 140 from the vicinity of the Generator Crack area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.6 miles from here

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Rostrum:
The North Face   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 8 pitches, 700'   
Blind Faith   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   
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The second pitch. Watch out for loose flakes off the belay!

Blind Faith 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : The Rostrum
Pitch for pitch, this route is as good as the Regular Route...if only it got more traffic! Be careful of loose rock and crispy flakes on this at all times.Pitch 1 (5.11d): Just to the right of the crux pitch of the Regular route is a finger- to off-finger crack. While slightly less steep than its neighbor, the awkward size and poor feet make it considerably harder. Climb this and then switch cracks, continuing up to a 2-bolt belay in a bay bush.Pitch 2 (5.10b): Climb flakes up to a slowly wideni...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Rostrum Slideshow Add Photo
Darshan throws the rope of the top of the Rostrum
Darshan throws the rope of the top of the Rostrum
The Offwidth pitch on the North Face of the Rostrum <br />photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br />
The Offwidth pitch on the North Face of the Rostru...
Paul Parker on the Alien Roof (5.12b), Yosemite Valley. Photo by Brian Bailey.
Paul Parker on the Alien Roof (5.12b), Yosemite Va...
Matthew Fienup on the very exposed Notch Route, the Rostrum.
Matthew Fienup on the very exposed Notch Route, th...
The Rostrum as seen from the Merced river
BETA PHOTO: The Rostrum as seen from the Merced river
looking up the 11c crack right off the halfway ledge.
looking up the 11c crack right off the halfway led...
The Rostrum, Yosemite Valley.
The Rostrum, Yosemite Valley.
The Rostrum. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Rostrum.
Photo by Blitzo.
Michael McKay on the Rostrum tyrolean.
Michael McKay on the Rostrum tyrolean.
View from atop the Rostrum.
View from atop the Rostrum.
The roof moves on the Excellent Adventure <br />Photo by Darshan Ahluwalia <br />
The roof moves on the Excellent Adventure
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Alex Abzug on the Rostrum tyrolean
Alex Abzug on the Rostrum tyrolean
Looking down on the overhanging OW on Uprising  <br /> <br />edit: correct name of route
Looking down on the overhanging OW on Uprising

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Check with the park about the seasonal raptor closure on the Rostrum.
Check with the park about the seasonal raptor clos...
The Rostrum
The Rostrum

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By Sergio P
From: Idaho Springs, CO
Jun 24, 2007
There are seasonal closings for bird nesting in spring to early summer.
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Feb 9, 2010
Cool video of a pair really placing gear and looking for holds!