With Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell making history with their climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, maybe you’re curious about the sport—curious enough to give it a try yourself. Well, you should—especially when you have help from outstanding instructors at Yosemite Mountaineering School. Even if you’ve never done more than scramble up a boulder (or not even that), you’ll get the equipment and learn the basic skills that will get you climbing up Yosemite’s legendary granite. Even kids are welcome (classes are open to ages 12 and up). Taking a rock-climbing class is just one of the ways you can have an unforgettable experience at this World Heritage Site. You can “glamp” in fully outfitted canvas tents while eating hot meals and taking in sunsets at one of five High Sierra camps. Or you can join naturalist-led walk to learn about plants and animals, or hone your photography skills with special classes and programs. For a classic California culinary adventure, make reservations to attend annual chefs’ and vintners’ events, at The Ahwahnee (formerly the Majestic Yosemite), where you’ll learn tips from leading experts in food and wine.
Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service