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A wilderness climbing permit is required for all overnight big wall climbs. During this pilot, wilderness climbing permits will be free and there will be no quotas or limits on the number of permits available. The permit process will provide an opportunity to educate climbers on Leave No Trace climbing ethics and park regulations, and help climbing rangers quantify use patterns on big walls.

For overnight climbs starting on or after October 31st, 2022, permits must be picked up using the self-registration kiosk in front of the Valley Visitor Center.

  • This permit is for climbers who intend to sleep overnight on Yosemite’s big walls. If you are doing a day climb, you do not need a wilderness climbing permit.
  • Permits are free and issued without a quota.
  • For more on the permit process, policies, and regulations, please visit the NPS Climbing Permits Page.

If you have climbing-specific questions, you can contact the park directly via email at [email protected]

Check out our Climbing Hub to read more about Yosemite Conservancy’s climbing programs — and learn Tommy Caldwell, Emily Harrington and Beth Rodden’s pro tips for climbing safely in the park.