The Yosemite Climbing Association is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting Yosemite climbing history and making it available for public interpretation.
Every year, the YCA partners with the National Park Service and multiple industry sponsors to host Facelift, a service event during which volunteers clean up Yosemite National Park and promote climbers' and visitors' stewardship of Yosemite and our beloved public lands.
Ken Yager, President of Yosemite Climbing Association, and many other dedicated Valley Climbers have amassed several thousand artifacts that are now ready for public viewing and interpretation.
Every year up to 4.0 million people visit Yosemite National Park. Some come to view spectacular waterfalls, others just to get away from busy city life. While the attractions are many, everyone is awestruck by the high, steep cliffs that create Yosemite Valley. Inevitably, someone spots the climbers and wonders what they are doing and how they got there. Despite the rich history of Valley climbing, answers to these questions have been surprisingly difficult to come by.
Yosemite Valley climbing has had a huge impact and worldwide influence on the international climbing community. Many techniques and tools used on remote peaks around the world were first developed in the Valley. For a long time Yosemite has been a training ground for climbers and people have come from all corners of the globe to test their skills. Sadly, most of these visiting climbers have a better understanding of Yosemite Valley climbing history than American climbers do. We would like to change that!
Rock climbing has yet to be fully represented as an important part of Park history even though Yosemite is the jewel of world rock climbing. We think a change is long overdue and that we should give Yosemite climbing pioneers the recognition that they so justly deserve