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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Many routes have new first ascent history—much of which is previously unpublished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 - 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 - 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
Half Dome - Zenith A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenith
A4 5.8, Half Dome

The first part of the route is hidden.
Photo:
Half Dome
21
A4 5.8
4 Star Rating
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
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
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 - West Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Face
5.11c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
15
5.11c
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - West Buttress A3 5.9 or 5.13c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Buttress
A3 5.9 or 5.13c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.9 or 5.13c
2 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 - Tribal Rite A4 5.5 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tribal Rite
A4 5.5, El Capitan

Tribal Rite is route number 11.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
29
A4 5.5
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 - 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 - The Secret Passage 5.13c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Secret Passage
5.13c, El Capitan


Photo:Nico Favresse
El Capitan
19
5.13c
4 Star Rating
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
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
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