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Yosemite Big Walls - 3rd Edition
Author: Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven
Routes:  64 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: C1-A5
Pages: 208 pages
Edition: 3rd edition, May 2011 


New in the 3rd Edition

All routes have updated beta and corrections
Many routes have new first ascent history—much of which is previously unpublished
14 New Routes - there are now 64 of the most classic wall climbs
New gear info for each pitch and linking beta
Updated approach beta with GPS coordinates
Updated strategy and retreat recommendations


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Yosemite Big Walls: 3rd Edition is the most current, detailed, and accurate guide to Yosemite's most classic walls such as El Cap and Half Dome. This 208 page full-color printed guidebook includes unprecedented route detail such as climbing strategy, retreat information, descent topos, pitch lengths, and gear recommendations for each pitch. In addition, Yosemite Big Walls include historical information garnered from interviews with first ascentionists that bring these spectacular big wall climbs to life. Yosemite Big Walls covers the 64 best big wall routes on El Capitan, Half Dome, and Washington Column most of which were personally climbed and documented by authors Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven.



      View the Index and Introduction
  test   View a list of new routes since the Second Edition and read the Preface about What's New?
    View Low Impact Climbing in Vertical Wilderness and Taking Care of the Big Stone

Read Our Reviews...

“an indispensable, photo-rich, text-and-topo reference to 77 of the Valley’s big-wall classics.” Read the full review
               — Climbing Magazine

“Having climbed El Cap over 50 times (including a 75 pitch girdle traverse!) Chris has obviously had time to gather a great deal of valuable knowledge about these walls along the way, as well as a deep understanding of the nature of big walling itself.”
               — High Magazine


“This book is the definitive source for Valley wall climbing and I loved reading the first ascent stories - some of which had never been told in writing before.”
               — Amazon customer review

 

Complete List of Included Climbs
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Route Name Formation Review
El Capitan - East Ledges Descent n/a - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
East Ledges Descent
n/a, El Capitan

East Ledges Descent
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
4
n/a
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - West Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Face
5.11c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
15
5.11c
3 Star Rating
Half Dome - Regular Northwest Face 5.12 or 5.9 C1 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Regular Northwest Face
5.12 or 5.9 C1, Half Dome

The Regular Northwest Face.
Photo:Mark Kroese
Half Dome
23
5.12 or 5.9 C1
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Freerider 5.12D - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Freerider
5.12D, El Capitan

The Salathé Wall ascends the most natural line up El Cap.
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Secret Passage 5.13c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Secret Passage
5.13c, El Capitan


Photo:Nico Favresse
El Capitan
19
5.13c
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Salathe Wall 5.13b or 5.9 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Salathe Wall
5.13b or 5.9 C2, El Capitan

The Salathé Wall ascends the most natural line up El Cap.
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
35
5.13b or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Nose 5.14a or 5.9 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Nose
5.14a or 5.9 C2, El Capitan

The Nose—the best rock climb in the world!
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
31
5.14a or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Grape Race 5.9 A2 or C3 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Grape Race
5.9 A2 or C3, El Capitan

Grape Race
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
12
5.9 A2 or C3
2 Star Rating
El Capitan - Zodiac A2 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zodiac
A2 5.7, El Capitan

1800' of fantastic climbing.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
16
A2 5.7
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Muir Wall A2 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Muir Wall
A2 5.9, El Capitan

The Muir Wall is one of El Cap's greatest natural lines.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
33
A2 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Tangerine Trip A2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tangerine Trip
A2 5.8, El Capitan

Tangerine Trip is route number 25.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
18
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - North America Wall A2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
North America Wall
A2 5.8, El Capitan

North America Wall is route number 19.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Never Never Land A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Never Never Land
A3 5.7, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - West Buttress A3 5.9 or 5.13c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Buttress
A3 5.9 or 5.13c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.9 or 5.13c
2 Star Rating
El Capitan - Aquarian Wall A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Aquarian Wall
A3 5.7, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
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