Project goal: Create and install new educational exhibits in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center focused on one of the park’s most popular activities: rock climbing.

Why this work matters: Rock climbing is etched deeply into Yosemite’s human story. The park’s cliffs were the birthplace of big-wall climbing and have spurred numerous innovations in climbing gear, techniques and stewardship; today, climbers from around the world spend hours or days on the walls, scaling routes on iconic features, such as El Capitan and Half Dome.

Despite its long history and popularity in the park, climbing is underrepresented in the park’s educational offerings. Seasonal donor-supported programs, such as Ask a Climber, provide an initial introduction, but the park lacks year-round, centrally located resources for the climbing-curious.

This project aims to expand climbing-focused interpretive resources by installing new exhibits in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. The millions of people who visit the Valley each year will have the opportunity to learn about climbing in the park, see artifacts from climbing history, and explore how climbers play a role in protecting the environment and fellow adventurers, from keeping fledgling peregrine falcons safe to participating in Search and Rescue missions. The exhibits, designed with guidance from Yosemite climbing experts, will draw people into life on the cliffs and inspire a profound appreciation for the vertical wilderness.

Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center is currently closed to the public. We look forward to welcoming visitors to check out the new climbing exhibits when the visitor center reopens!

How your support helps: Your donations will propel Yosemite’s new climbing exhibits from idea to reality. By funding the final design, fabrication and installation of exhibits in the Valley Visitor Center, you’ll help create an engaging educational experience that will leave visitors with a deeper understanding of climbing history, culture and stewardship in Yosemite.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park, American Alpine Club and Yosemite Climbing Association.