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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Many routes have new first ascent history—much of which is previously unpublished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 - 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
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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
Lost Arrow Spire - Lost Arrow Spire Direct C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lost Arrow Spire Direct
C2 5.8, Lost Arrow Spire


Photo:Chris McNamara
Lost Arrow Spire
16
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
Mt. Watkins - South Face C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Face
C2 5.8, Mt. Watkins


Photo:Nabeel Atique
Mt. Watkins
19
C2 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - South Seas A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Seas
A4 5.8, El Capitan

South Seas is route number 16.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
24
A4 5.8
5 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
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