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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Many routes have new first ascent history—much of which is previously unpublished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
Lurking Fear El Capitan
19
C2F 5.7
4 Star Rating
West Face Leaning Tower
11
C2F 5.7
4 Star Rating
Triple Direct El Capitan
30
C2 5.8
4 Star Rating
South Face Mt. Watkins
19
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
South Central Washington Column
12
C2 5.9
3 Star Rating
Lost Arrow Spire Direct Lost Arrow Spire
16
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
Gold Wall Ribbon Fall Wall
10
C2 5.9
4 Star Rating
South Face Washington Column
10
C1 5.8
4 Star Rating
Reticent Wall El Capitan
21
A5 5.7
4 Star Rating
Zenyatta Mondatta El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
Sea of Dreams El Capitan
27
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
South Seas El Capitan
24
A4 5.8
5 Star Rating
Zenith Half Dome
21
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
Iron Hawk El Capitan
26
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
Tribal Rite El Capitan
29
A4 5.5
4 Star Rating
Wyoming Sheep Ranch El Capitan
23
A4 5.8
3 Star Rating
Lost in America El Capitan
16
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
Jesus Built My Hotrod Leaning Tower
9
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
Native Son El Capitan
17
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
Shortest Straw El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
Lunar Eclipse El Capitan
18
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
Atlantic Ocean Wall El Capitan
25
A4 5.9
3 Star Rating
The Cosmos El Capitan
24
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
Scorched Earth El Capitan
15
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
Aurora El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
The Shield El Capitan
30
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
Mescalito El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
Tis-sa-ack Half Dome
22
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
Wet Denim Daydream Leaning Tower
10
A3 5.6
3 Star Rating
Dihedral Wall El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Pacific Ocean Wall El Capitan
27
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
Magic Mushroom El Capitan
31
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
New Dawn El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
4 Star Rating
Ten Day's After Washington Column
13
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Re-animator Washington Column
11
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Excalibur El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Son of Heart El Capitan
29
A3+ 5.8
3 Star Rating
Flight of the Albatross El Capitan
21
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Eagles Way El Capitan
19
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
Sunkist El Capitan
31
A3 5.8
4 Star Rating
Never Never Land El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
West Buttress El Capitan
20
A3 5.9 or 5.13c
2 Star Rating
Aquarian Wall El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
Horse Chute El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
3 Star Rating
Zodiac El Capitan
16
A2 5.7
5 Star Rating
Muir Wall El Capitan
33
A2 5.9
4 Star Rating
Tangerine Trip El Capitan
18
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
North America Wall El Capitan
27
A2 5.8
4 Star Rating
Grape Race El Capitan
12
5.9 A2 or C3
2 Star Rating
The Nose El Capitan
31
5.14a or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
Salathe Wall El Capitan
35
5.13b or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
The Secret Passage El Capitan
19
5.13c
4 Star Rating
Freerider El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 Star Rating
Regular Northwest Face Half Dome
23
5.12 or 5.9 C1
5 Star Rating
West Face El Capitan
15
5.11c
3 Star Rating
East Ledges Descent El Capitan
4
n/a
4 Star Rating


 

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