Yosemite Boul­der­ing Lo­gis­tics

Climbing - - YOSEMITE -


Yosemite Na­tional Park is open all year, but the north­east­ern en­trance, High­way 120 west over Tioga Pass, can be closed from Novem­ber to May due to snow. There are three other en­trances: High­way 120 east, High­way 140 east, or High­way 41 North. YARTS of­fers a bus ser­vice from ma­jor cities out­side the park for those fly­ing into Fresno, Sacra­mento, or San Francisco. In the park, a shut­tle bus pro­vides trans­porta­tion close to most of the boul­der­ing des­ti­na­tions.


Yosemite fea­tures a few dif­fer­ent op­tions for vis­i­tors, with 13 camp­grounds; some are reserv­able and oth­ers, like Camp 4, op­er­ate on a first- come, first- serve ba­sis. Visit

re­cre­ation.gov to make reser­va­tions, join the long early- morn­ing line at Camp 4 for a spot in the his­toric climber camp­ground, or drop $ 560 a night to stay 500 feet from the Ah­wah­nee Boul­ders at the Ma­jes­tic Ho­tel.


The boul­ders in Yosemite are climbable year- round, though the mid­dle of sum­mer can be hot and filled with tourists even on the south side of the Val­ley. Novem­ber through March of­fer the best con­di­tions, though it can be wet. Oc­to­ber through early De­cem­ber and late Fe­bru­ary through early April of­fer the best win­dows.


The Yosemite Vil­lage store of­fers food and gro­ceries, with ev­ery­thing from malt liquor to or­ganic pro­duce. On the west end of the Val­ley, Half Dome Vil­lage, by the Curry Boul­ders, pro­vides a show­er­ing fa­cil­ity for $ 5. The near­est gas sta­tion is 14 miles away in El Por­tal, out the West En­trance, and usu­ally costs $ 1 more per gal­lon than the av­er­age. Crane Flat, 16 miles away, and the Wa­wona Gas Sta­tion, 27 miles away, also of­fer over­priced gas. It’s best to fuel up out­side the park. The Yosemite Lodge, Half Dome Vil­lage, and the li­brary of­fer In­ter­net.


Shan­non Joslin and I will be print­ing The Yosemite Val­ley Boul­der­ing Guide in early 2018, avail­able for pur­chase on­line and in stores in and around the Val­ley. Matt Wilder’s Yosemite Val­ley Boul­der­ing, pub­lished by Su­perTopo, will also be avail­able in the Moun­tain Shop in Half Dome Vil­lage.

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