About (Park Overview):
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By far the best place to climb rock in the United States, Yosemite National Park is arguably the most sought-after climbing destination in the world! Climbers from all reaches of the planet make their pilgrimage to 'The Valley' to savour its glorious sunshine, magnificent scenery and granite so abundant you'll scarcely be able to decide which rock you should apply your rubber to first. Here in Yosemite Valley and its higher-elevation neighbor Tuolomne, you will find some of the most famous, if not the most famous, boulder problems and trad climbs ever written about. But the real draw remains the thousands of acres of big walls which abound in this First National Park.
The free climbing Areas in Yosemite Valley include the Cathedrals, Glacier Point Apron and Cookie Cliff. Popular and accessible Grade V big walls are found on Leaning Tower, Washington Column and Yosemite Falls Wall, while the Grade VI's on Half Dome and Mount Watkins present more difficult and remote challenges. Tuolumne Meadows actually offers more climbable rock than 'The Valley', with numerous domes located along the road to the east entrance of the park. Several routes listed in '50 Classic Climbs' are found in Tuolumne Meadows on Fairview Dome, AFFD, and Stately Pleasures Dome. But the frontispiece of Yosemite remains El Capitan, epicenter of the Aid Climbing and Big Wall Universe.
The Valley Scene:
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To get there from San Francisco Airport, hop the shuttle bus across the bay to Emeryville (it runs a few times each day) and take the Amtrak to Merced. The train beats the heck out of Greyhound - more comfortable, and you can even BYOB! From Merced you can hook up with the bus that'll take you directly to the Valley.
Driving from the east, follow US 395 to Lee Vining, then head west on Hwy 120 through Tioga Pass (closed in winter). This route will take you through Tuolumne Meadows before you drop down into 'The Valley'
Driving from the west, you have three options. From the northwest, follow Hwy 120 through Oakdale and Groveland. At Crane Flat turn left and continue east on 120 to Tuolomne, or else carry on straight ahead to drop down into Yosemite Valley. From the west, you can take Hwy 140 from Merced by way of Mariposa and El Portal to enter the Park at Arch Rock. From Fresno to the southwest, drive north on Hwy 41 through Oakhurst and Wawona.
If you drive in this third way, stop on the far side of the Wawona Tunnel for a view that will take your breath away !!!
The climbing in the park is too much to combine into one Area, therefore a seperate Region has been created with all the Areas within the park on the California Home Page. Just click the 'Back Arrow' to view the Park Areas.
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