Many of us have marveled at climbers making their way up the vertical granite face of El Capitan and are awed by their skill and courage. These brave athletes inspire many unanswered questions: Do climbers eat and sleep along the way? Who were the first people to climb this wall?

In 2013, Yosemite Conservancy funded a program led by the Yosemite Climbing Association. Park visitors had the opportunity to speak with local climbing experts seven days a week near the base of El Capitan (near the shuttle stop) during the summer season. Telescopes were available for visitors to have a closer look, while experts provided real-time commentary. Climber-steward interns also educated visitors and climbers about Leave No Trace (LNT) practices.

Your support is behind these efforts to educate visitors about rock-climbing and climber stewardship.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association.


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.