Many of us have marveled at climbers making their way up the face of El Capitan. We are in awe of their skill and courage. These brave athletes inspire many unanswered questions: How long does it take to climb El Capitan? Do climbers eat and sleep along the way? Who were the first people to climb this wall?

After a very successful pilot program in 2009, Yosemite Conservancy continues to fund the Ask A Climber program. Park visitors have the opportunity to speak with local climbing experts seven days a week, near the base of El Capitan (near the shuttle stop). Telescopes are also available, giving visitors a closer look while experts provide real-time commentary on the climbers’ progress.

Ken Yager

Yosemite Climbing Association

Project Notes

Providing accurate information and perspective from actual climbers is a unique opportunity. Many tourists have said that tracking climbers up El Cap has been the best part of their visit.