North Face 5.11c

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The Rostrum

Yosemite Valley, California USA

Trip Report
The Rostrum, A Real eye Opener!
Friday October 10, 2014 7:18am
Well, after me and Eric climbed togeather for the first time on mithral, we were stoked to climb again! So we deceided to do the Rostrum as he had done it a long time ago and was stoked to show me what the route is all about! I thought that the OW pitch at the top was easily the crux but I am no good at OW... The other pitches were so so so so good and fun, cant wait to get stronger and try to lead them! This thing was way harder then I had anticipated!

So, the first day, saterday, we showed up to the base and had two teams and let them go ahead thinking they are faster.. well, they were and it worked great until the pitch 3 midway ledge. a party cut everybody off at the midway ledge and thus making it a night mare to climb pitches 4-top. so we "bailed" right there after top roping the 11C perfect finger pitch for a while. then on sunday we came back and started where we left off and climbed from the midway ledge to the top. we checked to make sure there was no one below that was faster and stuff, and there wasn't!

top of the rostrum
top of the rostrum
Credit: whitemeat

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About the Author
whitemeat is a trad climber from San Luis Obispo, CA.


Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
  Oct 10, 2014 - 07:24am PT
Aren't you supposed to be in algebra class?

  Oct 10, 2014 - 07:27am PT
cool tr. that video really makes me want to do the route again. i agree about the ow being the crux. depends on whom you ask I guess...

Gym climber
sawatch choss
  Oct 10, 2014 - 07:28am PT
Spelling class, more like. Thanks for the memories!

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Oct 10, 2014 - 07:39am PT

yeah, 'Meat!!

Nice video, thanks for the sharing!!


Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
  Oct 10, 2014 - 07:43am PT
Climbed it in two days, a proper wall.
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  Oct 10, 2014 - 08:01am PT
So, now is it a Grade V again?

Nice trip report. Nice looking route.

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Oct 10, 2014 - 08:07am PT
great meat!
better than achieving an elusive sneeze,

Trad climber
The fake McCoy from nevernever land.
  Oct 10, 2014 - 08:11am PT
Well played in the traffic jam, and great video! cheers!

  Oct 10, 2014 - 11:18am PT
Nice edit!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Oct 10, 2014 - 11:36am PT
u obviously brought ur lunch AND walked to school

nyce, whichever way u spel it


god blees u, weej

  Oct 10, 2014 - 12:06pm PT

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
  Oct 10, 2014 - 12:26pm PT
ow is the crux when you are in shorts!

my first time the ow shut me down, eventually i got better at ow, and its no longer an issue.

These days the crux for me is the step across to start the ow pitch, funny how things change.

Way to get after it, it really is one of the best

  Oct 10, 2014 - 03:34pm PT
Nice video and climb, was wondering what camera you used to shoot this.
Ed H

Trad climber
Santa Rosa, CA
  Oct 10, 2014 - 12:40pm PT
The problem with a TR like this - I look at the topo and start thinking 'well maybe...'

Thanks for the Friday Valley stoke!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Oct 10, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
Nice video, way to go!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Oct 10, 2014 - 01:03pm PT
Nice that route looks so sweet. looks like you had fun.

Gym climber
Minkler, CA
  Oct 10, 2014 - 03:23pm PT
Wait, did Mickey just get the first shorts ascent (FSA) of the rostrum?

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
  Oct 10, 2014 - 06:38pm PT
Thanks WM for sharing your adventures and stoke!

  Oct 11, 2014 - 02:35am PT
Love your TRs whitemeat! Keep it up!

Social climber
  Oct 11, 2014 - 03:39am PT
hey there say, whitemeat, say, thanks for the trip report...


Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Oct 11, 2014 - 07:46am PT
Excellent work and video. Thanks, much.


  Oct 11, 2014 - 08:17am PT
So? In order to open eyes one must first go to the rostrum.

Must be hard getting down that approach with eyes closed ...... :-)
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Oct 11, 2014 - 07:55am PT
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
  Oct 11, 2014 - 08:10am PT
WB is a tuff crowd of one
the schizzwizzel for sure made my finger tips swet
The Rostrum - North Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
One of the finest multi-pitch 5.11 climbs anywhere.
Photo: Mark Kroese