Rock Climbing at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Rock Climbing

The Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service has been a tradition in Yosemite rock climbing since 1969.  Our guides can take you where you want to go, from learning your first knots, in our beginner Go Climb A Rock classes, to multi-day ascents of El Capitan for the more experienced.  As the only guide service permitted to operate within Yosemite National Park, we know Yosemite better than anyone, and love sharing our knowledge and skills with you.

Many of our Yosemite climbing guides are AMGA certified, and have decades of climbing experience in the park.  All of our guides also hold Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT certifications.

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In addition to rock climbing, the Mountaineering School provides group hikes and custom day hikes as well as overnight backpacking trips.  During the winter we move up to the Cross Country Ski Center at Badger Pass, where we offer XC ski lessons, rentals and overnight trips to our beautiful Glacier Point Hut.

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YMS is proudly sponsored by Mountain Hardwear. As an innovative company, Mountain Hardwear provides us with high quality sleeping bags, backpacks and tents for our program, as well as uniforms for our guides. To learn more about Mountain Hardwear, visit www.mountainhardwear.com.