Yosemite’s granite walls are steeped in centuries of historic ascents, from the inaugural summit of Half Dome in 1812 to record-setting free climbs of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall. With the popularity of climbing soaring ever higher, Yosemite is focused on promoting stewardship and safety on the park’s famed features, and on continuing to forge strong relationships with the climbing community.

Yosemite’s Climbing Stewardship program addresses those goals through public education and restoration work. With your support, this program leverages interns and volunteers, social media, and informative panels to expand outreach to visitors about climbing-related topics, such as accident prevention and “Leave No Trace” principles for the vertical environment. In 2017, Yosemite’s five Climber Stewards had hundreds of conversations to educate climbers, removed more than 2,100 feet of abandoned rope from the cliffs, and worked with more than 100 volunteers to improve approach and descent trails around popular routes.

Your contributions supported active stewardship of Yosemite’s natural vertical landscape. To learn more about caring for the environment on and off the walls, read our Q-and-A with 2017 Climber Steward Chris Gay.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Climber Stewards, Access Fund, American Alpine Club, Sacred Rok and Yosemite Climbing Association.

Kristin Kirschner

Wilderness Patrol Supervisor

Project Notes

The Climbing Steward program not only builds local stewardship, but reaches out beyond Yosemite working with industry partners and climbing organizations to grow a culture of stewardship.