Climb a Rock at Yosemite National Park

Amazing rock climbing classes with different difficulty levels taught by expert Yosemite guides!

Learn how to climb one of the biggest rocks in California at Yosemite National Park! Not only do you get to add this awesome skill to your list of already amazing life skills; but you also get a chance to learn the do's and don'ts from the wilderness experts of Yosemite. This almost full-day adventure teaches you the ropes of rock climbing and each class is building upon what was learned previously. Learn how to anchor down the ropes successfully as you scale through the rocks of Yosemite. Participate in crack climbing and learn rappelling techniques as you gain the necessary skills to become an expert in your own right! 

Perfect For

  • Active rock climbing

  • Rock climbing lesson

  • Personal rock climbing lesson

Packing List

  • climbing shoes
  • backpack
  • water
  •  climbing helmet
  • climbing harness
  • headlamp
  • sunscreen
  • rope
  • crampons
  • carabiner
  • light snacks

Location & Hours

Mon8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tue8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wed8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thu8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fri8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sat8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sun8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


  1. Arrive early to your rock climbing lesson
  2. Get to know your expert guides and instructors
  3. Begin by learning the basics (climbing and rappelling)
  4. Take in the beautiful Yosemite views
  5. Learn more climbing techniques
  6. Climb the big rocks
  7. Take a picture to document first class
  8. Return for new intermediate skills 

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Q & A

Each lesson lasts about 7.5 hours.

Each class size is limited to six students per instructor.

10 years of age is the minimum age to join with adult supervision. 12 years of age is the minimum without adult supervision.

The Yosemite Mountaineering School rents camping gear, climbing gear and backpacking equipment on a first-come first-served basis. No reservations are accepted.

Rules & Safety

Reservations are recommended. Call the Mountaineering School to reserve your place 209.372.8344 or email us at

A full payment (100%) deposit is required to book a reservation, except big wall climbs where a 50% deposit is required. If reservation is cancelled at least 14 days or more in advance of the scheduled activity, the full deposit will be refunded. For a cancellation of less than 14 days notice, deposit will be forfeited. For a no-show with no warning, the full deposit will be forfeited.

Activities cancelled by YMS will be fully refunded. There will be no refunds due to weather or snow conditions. Once a climbing outing has started, the maximum refund is one half of that day’s fees. YMS will not accept reservations earlier than one year and one day before any YMS outing.


$195/person-Beginner; $200/person- Intermediate; pricing based on level of difficulty