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Yosemite Mountaineering School

PO Box 578, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: Learn how to rock climb in one of California's premier national parks.
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Hamilton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I met our guide Kari, at the Ahwahnee Hotel at 8:30 for an all day hike on the Mist trail. We were unfamiliar with the park and trails and hoped that a guided hike would be helpful. Kari did not disappoint. She was a wealth of knowledge about the history of the park, the flora and fauna... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our family of 5 (3 kids from 12 - 16) just got back from spending 4 days in Yosemite. The highlight of the trip for everyone was spending an entire day (8:30-4) Rock Climbing. Our guide was Aaron, and he was wonderful. He spent time teaching the basics, then let us climb! My husband and I was spent by lunch... More

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san jose
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We recently took a trip to Yosemite and had booked a lesson for our first day there. In the middle of summer, it started raining. We went to the office and asked if the trip would be canceled given that it's raining. The front desk girl said it's our call, we could cancel or reschedule, or we could go ahead... More

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Coos Bay, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

My daughter and I had never rock climbed before, and participated in their full-day (830-4) beginner class. The instruction was thorough, and we both completed 4 short climbs that were moderately difficult (5.2) and one more challenging climb (5.8). It helps to be in reasonably good shape; it's more of a workout than it seems. We had 5 people in... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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117 reviews 117 reviews
37 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Crack climbing with Yosemite Mountaineering School was awesome. We learned toe jams, hand jams, stemming, and smearing. Cracks are what make outdoor climbing more fun (and painful) than indoor climbing. The climbs included Oak Tree Flake 5.6, Jam Crack 5.7, Claude's Delight 5.7, etc. The instructor tailored the level of the climbs to our ability. We also learned to build... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Our Girl Scout troop of 15 and 16 year olds loved this day. They learned so much, not only the techniques presented, but also learning what they could do if they just kept going. Our guides were careful and qualified, but also let the girls learn by doing. Awesome day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Without a doubt our day spent learning the ropes of rock climbing was a highlight of our time in Yosemite! Nate and Jeff were fantastic teachers and guides and taught us the ins and outs of rock climbing with patience, humor and great professionalism. We enjoyed their company immensely and their love of the sport is evident in everything they... More

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Central Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Our 19 year old son had a private day of rock climbing. His guide, Scott, was very knowledgeable and our son enjoyed the day very much. We would highly recommend a rock climbing adventure in Yosemite and do request Scott for your guide. He rocks!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
17 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Four of us went into the shop at 4:55, five minutes before closing time, and were basically kicked out by a rude man with a French accent. There was another customer there at the same time who was trying to buy gas. We were looking for socks, jackets, vests, and knapsacks....and had credit cards in hand. Odd way to run... More

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Chicago, IL
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We booked a weekend of backpacking through the mountaineering school. We met our guide at the picnic tables in front of the store. We are a family with children ages 8 - 13. We were fitted with backpacks and issued sleeping bags, tents, bear barrels, etc. We were briefed on the rules; e.g. pack every thing out and proper use... More

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