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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Many routes have new first ascent history—much of which is previously unpublished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 - Eagles Way A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Eagles Way
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Eagles Way is route number 31.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
19
A3 5.8
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
South Central
C2 5.9, Washington Column


Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
12
C2 5.9
3 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 - Lurking Fear C2F 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lurking Fear
C2F 5.7, El Capitan

Lurking Fear is route number 1.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
19
C2F 5.7
4 Star Rating
Washington Column - South Face C1 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Face
C1 5.8, Washington Column

The South Face of Washington Column.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
10
C1 5.8
4 Star Rating
Leaning Tower - West Face C2F 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Face
C2F 5.7, Leaning Tower

The West Face of Leaning Tower.
Photo:Corey Rich
Leaning Tower
11
C2F 5.7
4 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 - Reticent Wall A5 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Reticent Wall
A5 5.7, El Capitan

Reticent Wall is route number 13.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
21
A5 5.7
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
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
El Capitan - Triple Direct C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Triple Direct
C2 5.8, El Capitan

Triple Direct is route number 9.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
30
C2 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Zenyatta Mondatta A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenyatta Mondatta
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Zenyatta Mondatta follows a steep line about 200' left of Zodiac.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Sea of Dreams A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Sea of Dreams
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Sea of Dreams is route number 18.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Magic Mushroom A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Magic Mushroom
A3 5.7, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
31
A3 5.7
4 Star Rating
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