Encouraging News for Climbing Access in Yosemite

Date: 6/11/2010

In January we asked for your help to write Yosemite National Park urging them to protect and enhance climbing opportunities in the latest Merced River Plan (MRP), which looked like it could limit public access to climbing and camping in Yosemite Valley depending on how the Park prepares its user capacity program.

Climbs in the planning area include The Rostrum, Cookie Cliff, and Middle Cathedral Rock (everything ¼ mile on either side of the river). This plan will also affect all travel through the management area to locations just outside the river corridor, which brings into play all climbing in Yosemite Valley including El Capitan and even Half Dome.

The park recently announced in its “Outstanding Remarkable Value” report that it recognizes the recreational significance of Yosemite Valley, and specifically acknowledges climbing as an active pursuit that draws people from around the world. This is important because climbing as an activity is now more likely to be “protected and enhanced” rather than restricted.

The Park will hold public workshops and roundtables on their draft “Outstanding Remarkable Value” report, which will include discussions with Yosemite planners and user capacity experts.


Discussion with Yosemite subject matter and user capacity experts

June 28
5-8 pm

San Ramon City Council Chamber 925/973-2500
2228 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA

June 29
5-8 pm

Fresno County Supervisors Chamber 559/488-3529
2281 Tulare St, Room 301, Fresno, CA

June 30
9-11 am

Oakhurst Community Center 559/683-2290
39800 Road 24B, Oakhurst, CA

June 30
1-6 pm

Yosemite Valley Auditorium 209/379-2210
2 presentations (2:30 and 5 PM) during open house


Discussion with Yosemite subject matter experts

July 1
12-2 pm

Groveland Community Hall 209/962-7990
18730 Main St, Hwy 120, Groveland, CA

July 2
11:30 am-1:30 pm

Mono Basin Visitor Center 760/647-3044
Highway 395, Lee Vining, CA

July 13
5:30-7 pm

El Portal Community Center 209/379-1112
5567 Foresta Rd, El Portal, CA

For more information, email [email protected].