Yosemite’s granite domes and cliffs create a unique landscape, where rock-climbers from around the world are inspired to push their sport to new levels. Many of those climbers spend days ascending El Capitan, which rises more than 3,000 feet above the Valley.

The Ask a Climber program offers an informal, interactive setting, where visitors can explore Yosemite’s world-famous walls from the ground while learning how climbers serve as stewards of the vertical environment. Between May and October, climbing rangers and Climber Stewards stationed near El Capitan share information about geology, natural resources and climbing history; provide commentary, as visitors use telescopes to watch climbers in action; and offer hands-on gear demonstrations. In 2017, the Ask a Climber team had more than 27,000 conversations with people who dropped by to learn about the vertical wilderness.

Your support helped thousands of visitors learn about and preserve Yosemite’s world-renowned climbing areas. Read our Ask a Climber FAQs to get a sense of what people can learn from rangers and stewards in El Capitan Meadow each season.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Climbing Association.

Kristin Kirschner

Wilderness Patrol Supervisor

Project Notes

Yosemite plays a significant role in the birth of big wall climbing and the development of climbing techniques, which have since spread worldwide. This collaborative effort tells the story of climbing in Yosemite through educational programs, outreach and interpretive materials.