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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Many routes have new first ascent history—much of which is previously unpublished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 - Wyoming Sheep Ranch A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wyoming Sheep Ranch
A4 5.8, El Capitan

Wyoming Sheep Ranch is route number 20.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
23
A4 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Lost in America A4 5.10 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lost in America
A4 5.10, El Capitan

Lost in America is route number 26.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
Leaning Tower - Jesus Built My Hotrod A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Jesus Built My Hotrod
A4 5.7, Leaning Tower


Photo:Chris McNamara
Leaning Tower
9
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Native Son A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Native Son
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Native Son is route number 23.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
17
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Shortest Straw A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Shortest Straw
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Shortest Straw is route number 28.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Lunar Eclipse A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lunar Eclipse
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Lunar Eclipse is route number 30.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
18
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Atlantic Ocean Wall A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Atlantic Ocean Wall
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Atlantic Ocean Wall is route number 21.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
25
A4 5.9
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Cosmos A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Cosmos
A4 5.7, El Capitan

The Cosmos is route number 3.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
24
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Scorched Earth A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Scorched Earth
A4 5.8, El Capitan

Scorched Earth
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
15
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Aurora A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Aurora
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Aurora climbs just left of Tangerine Trip
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Shield A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Shield
A3 5.8, El Capitan

The Shield is route number 7.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
30
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Mescalito A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Mescalito
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Mescalito is route number 15.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
Half Dome - Tis-sa-ack A3 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tis-sa-ack
A3 5.9, Half Dome


Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
22
A3 5.9
4 Star Rating
Leaning Tower - Wet Denim Daydream A3 5.6 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wet Denim Daydream
A3 5.6, Leaning Tower

The steepest cliff in the Park.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Leaning Tower
10
A3 5.6
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Dihedral Wall A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Dihedral Wall
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Dihedral Wall is route number 2.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
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