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Rock Climbing

Yosemite Valley has been the site for almost every major development in the sport of rock climbing and continues to be a place where world-class climbers are honing their skills, breaking records, and changing our understanding of what is possible for human strength and endurance.

While tackling El Capitan is a goal that requires years of training, you can have the experience of climbing in the park with the Yosemite Mountaineering School. In operation since 1969, the Yosemite Mountaineering School has programs for all skill levels and even specialty programs, such as Girls on Granite.

Just want to be a spectator? No problem! Head over to El Capitan meadow with a telescope and watch the climbers as they make their ascent. Climbing is a year round activity, depending on weather. You can also join the “Ask A Climber” program in the summer, where you can meet a real climber, learn about their equipment, and even ask them questions, such as “How do climbers sleep?” Check the Yosemite Guide for details.

If you are an experienced climber, read the Yosemite Guidelines for Seasoned Climbers before venturing out.

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