Ask a Climber

Many of us have marveled at climbers making their way up the vertical granite face of El Capitan and are awed by their skill and courage. These brave athletes inspire many unanswered questions: Do climbers eat and sleep along the way? Who were the first people to climb this wall?

Through the Ask a Climber program, volunteer climbers and climbing rangers provide informal interpretive programs each day during the summer season near the El Capitan shuttle stop. Telescopes are available so visitors can have a closer look, while experts provide real-time commentary. Additionally, climbing-steward interns educate climbers about Leave No Trace practices for big-wall climbing and collect data about climber use patterns.

Your support helps educate visitors about rock-climbing and climber stewardship.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association.

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Project Notes

Providing accurate information and perspective from actual climbers is a unique opportunity. Many tourists have said that tracking climbers up El Cap has been the best part of their visit.

Ken Yager
Yosemite Climbing Association