Welcome to YosemiteBigwall.com!
YosemiteBigwall.com is a community space for collecting and sharing Yosemite Bigwall climbing information. This new website contains basic information about Yosemite Bigwall climbing routes(Washington Column, the Leaning Tower, and some El Cap routes at least ☺)—detailed topos, trip reports, photos, and route history—all available publicly, free-of-charge.
Till now, information about Yosemite bigwalls has been scattered across many websites, making it is difficult to find information about many(or most!) of the routes. A commercial interest or mentality has prevailed—routes that are popular and get climbed often are easy to find basic information for while routes that are seldom climbed languish in out-of-print guidebooks, in the notebooks of the first ascentionists, or are buried in ‘obscure’ sections of websites.
This is a community work in progress, and as they say, “it takes a village to raise a website” (or is that “a child?”), so please, jump on in and join the fun. If you pioneered one or more bigwall routes in Yosemite, please share information about your climb. If you climbed a bigwall route and found the topo to be inaccurate, or have photos, beta or stories you’d like to share, please do so. With your help, YosemiteBigwall.com will continue to develop into a community supported and run website for all Yosemite Bigwall beta—a true online Yosemite Bigwall library.
Contact Erik with any info/suggestions/updates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book/website updates available at www.facebook.com/Yosemitebigwall
Special thanks to Tom Lambert(ultriaskier.com) for his sage advice/expertise, and to James McBryan(thetechscouts.com) for developing the site.
Thanks and enjoy the site,
Erik Sloan is an Alaskan native, who lived and worked in Yosemite from 2002-2012, and has been bigwall climbing there since 1994. Erik has climbed El Cap over 80 times. He is the co-author of Supertopo’s Yosemite BigWalls 2nd edition, and the author of a community website for Wawona climbing: wawona.yosemitebigwall.com. Erik is currently working on a new, more comprehensive book project that will replace the now out-of-print Yosemite Climbs: BigWalls by George Meyers and Don Reid.