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Many routes have new first ascent history—much of which is previously unpublished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

Excalibur is route number 4.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Flight of the Albatross A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Flight of the Albatross
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Flight of the Albatross is route number 6.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
21
A3 5.8
3 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
Ribbon Fall Wall - Gold Wall C2 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Gold Wall
C2 5.9, Ribbon Fall Wall


Photo:Chris McNamara
Ribbon Fall Wall
10
C2 5.9
4 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 - Horse Chute A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Horse Chute
A3 5.7, El Capitan

The route line for Horse Chute, El Capitan, A3 5.7
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Iron Hawk A4 5.10 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Iron Hawk
A4 5.10, El Capitan

Iron Hawl is route number 22.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
26
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
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
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