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Yosemite Valley Free Climbs
Authors: McNamara, Barnes, Roper, Snyder
Routes:  230 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: 5.4-5.12a
Pages: 209 pages
Edition: 1st Edition, April 2003

 


Yosemite Valley Free Climbs includes over 230 of the best routes in Yosemite Valley from 16-pitch trad climbs to one-pitch sport routes. While many hard Yosemite testpieces are included, this book focuses on topropes, crags, and multi-pitch climbs in the 5.4-5.9 range. Includes formerly obscure climbs to provide more options for avoiding crowds. As in all SuperTopo books, the authors personally climbed and documented each climb with meticulous care to create the most detailed and accurate topos ever published.

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First ascent history by Steve Roper
Nearly every route personally climbed by the authors

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Reviewers and Yosemite Climbing Experts praise:
  Yosemite Valley Free Climbs is the definitive topo guide to the world’s greatest rock routes. Packed full of useful tips from climbers in the know and with clear and accurate topos, it is the free climber’s Rand McNally to the vertical world.”
- Duane Raleigh, Rock & Ice Magazine

  “SuperTopo offers a clear and concise format and sets the stage for your own adventure with history to each route.”
- Conrad Anker, World Renowned Climber and Mountaineer

  Yosemite Valley Free Climbs brings back the joy and opportunity for exploratory Valley climbing adventure like that which was enjoyed using Roper’s old red and green guides—namely, finding our way to the top of Yosemite’s great formations via the natural and classic lines of our pioneer predecessors.”
– Tom Frost, Yosemite Climbing Legend

  SuperTopo has done it again! Fabulous drawings and pictures keep you from hunting to find the climbs. Now you can be a ‘Valley Virgin’ and still get in a ton of climbing.”
– Hans Florine, World Speed Climbing record holder for El Capitan’s The Nose route

Check out a review of Yosemite Valley Free Climbs at Camp 4.

 

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Complete List of Included Climbs
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Route Name Formation Review
Middle Cathedral - Direct North Buttress 5.11 or 5.10 A0 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Direct North Buttress
5.11 or 5.10 A0, Middle Cathedral

DNB follows a direct and intimidating line up the North Buttress.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Middle Cathedral
19
5.11 or 5.10 A0
4 Star Rating
Royal Arches Area - Royal Arches 5.10b or 5.7 A0 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Royal Arches
5.10b or 5.7 A0, Royal Arches Area

A surprisingly moderate passage on such a large wall.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Royal Arches Area
16
5.10b or 5.7 A0
5 Star Rating
Sentinel Rock - Steck Salathe 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Steck Salathe
5.9, Sentinel Rock

The long and demanding Steck-Salathe.
Photo:Randy Spurrier
Sentinel Rock
16
5.9
4 Star Rating
Washington Column - Astroman 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Astroman
5.11c, Washington Column

Astroman takes a brilliant steep and clean line.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Washington Column
11
5.11c
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - East Buttress 5.10b - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
East Buttress
5.10b, El Capitan

East Buttress with top of The Nose on left.
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
11
5.10b
3 Star Rating
Middle Cathedral - East Buttress 5.10c or 5.9 A0 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
East Buttress
5.10c or 5.9 A0, Middle Cathedral

East Buttress is one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America
Photo:Chris McNamara
Middle Cathedral
11
5.10c or 5.9 A0
5 Star Rating
Higher Cathedral - Northeast Buttress 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Northeast Buttress
5.9, Higher Cathedral

Northeast Buttress of Higher Cathedral is one of the best Grade IV climbs in the Valley.
Photo:Greg Barnes
Higher Cathedral
11
5.9
5 Star Rating
North Dome - Crest Jewel 5.10a - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Crest Jewel
5.10a, North Dome

Crest Jewel follows a series of unique but hard to see features.
Photo:Chris McNamara
North Dome
10
5.10a
5 Star Rating
Half Dome - Snake Dike 5.7 R - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Snake Dike
5.7 R, Half Dome

Snake Dike follows an amazing feature to one of the most incredible summits in Yosemite.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Half Dome
8
5.7 R
5 Star Rating
The Rostrum - North Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
North Face
5.11c, The Rostrum

One of the finest multi-pitch 5.11 climbs anywhere.
Photo:Mark Kroese
The Rostrum
8
5.11c
5 Star Rating
North Dome - South Face 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Face
5.7, North Dome

The South Face stays in the corner
Photo:Chris McNamara
North Dome
8
5.7
4 Star Rating
Arrowhead Arete - Arrowhead Arete 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Arrowhead Arete
5.8, Arrowhead Arete


Photo:Chris McNamara
Arrowhead Arete
8
5.8
3 Star Rating
Arrowhead Arete - Arrowhead Spire 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Arrowhead Spire
5.8, Arrowhead Arete


Photo:Chris McNamara
Arrowhead Arete
8
5.8
3 Star Rating
Glacier Point Apron - Goodrich Pinnacle, Right 5.9 R - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Goodrich Pinnacle, Right
5.9 R, Glacier Point Apron


Photo:Chris McNamara
Glacier Point Apron
7
5.9 R
5 Star Rating
Middle Cathedral - Kor-Beck 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Kor-Beck
5.9, Middle Cathedral


Photo:Chris McNamara
Middle Cathedral
7
5.9
3 Star Rating
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