Clarification of Rules Affecting Climbing and Slack Lines in Yosemite National Park, CA


National Parks are regulated by laws published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Each park also has a Superintendents Compendium that acts as a supplement to the CFR. For example, Yosemites Compendium includes rules controlling everything from wilderness protection and fires to campground rules as well as climbing route closures that protect cliff-nesting raptors. Each park updates its compendium regularly, and recently Yosemite National Park issued an update clarifying its rules governing climbing anchors and ropes as well as slack lines.

Yosemites new compendium relaxes the previous rule requiring climbers to obtain wilderness permits for bivouacs on Yosemites walls. Additionally, the new compendium specifically addresses climbing gear left on walls and slack lines left in campsites.

The new compendium is now available at:

Direct link:
www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/loader... (821 kb PDF)

See page 5 and 6 for anchor and rope updates
See page 6 and 7 for slack line updates

For more information contact Yosemite National Park by phone (209)-372-0200 or by mail:
Superintendents Compendium
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389.