Yosemite Rock Climbing Feels Strange and Insecure at First

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

Yosemite is much bigger than a valley with 3000 ft rock walls and incredible climbing. It is an opening for the energies of the world's most passionate and adventurous people. Yosemite rock climbing attracts the souls of climbers and non-climbers to reach for something beyond them and to travel to a place, physical and mental, where they have never been before.

Yosemite rock climbing has a very challenging path which is irresistible. Climbers who manage to go to Yosemite have the experience of their lifetime. Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows are well-known for their exquisite domes and granite walls and fine weather is a perfect combination that has made Yosemite National Park an absolute paradise for rock climbers from all over the globe.

Given the outstanding natural beauty of the surrounding lakes, meadows, and forests, it's really hard to imagine a better place to learn all the basic techniques of rock climbing or to experience the ultimate adventure of El Capitan.

Yosemite rock climbing Skills are the one to be known by the new climbers who are first attempting climbing in this spot. At first, Yosemite climbs feel strange and insecure. They need immense- strength and technique not easily acquired at your local gym.

Due to the glacier polished rock surface which is slick, and not many handholds, the climber is forced to grip feet and hands in cracks or sometimes even on nothing. There is more balance and subtlety involved than strength. When your natural character is to grab and pull, often you need to relax and balance.

Yosemite climbs just take additional patience and resolve and is not impossible. It is also true that climbers who are new to Yosemite initially find it impossible but they finally develop the fine techniques which is necessary for their climb.

The more time you spend on Yosemite rock climbing the more techniques you learn, the more climbing opens up to you. The wall which is almost a thousand foot tall becomes smaller all of a sudden giving encouragement to the climbers. Before too long you're planning your climb The Nose of El Cap.

Unfortunately, there are very few easy climbs to introduce you to Yosemite rock climbing. So it is a difficult job for the amateurs to attempt. However, there still isn't much at that end of the range. There are 5.7 size rocks and some climbs which are not very difficult. You have to be prepared though to go through some routes which are very crowded.

If you cannot take up 5.8 or harder, it's a good idea to climb with someone who is already used to hiking in this spot and can give you pointers, several useful facts set up top ropes, and leads you up multi-pitch routes.

Most climbing in Yosemite is conventional climbing where you climb cracks and place your own gear. You have to be well trained in placing your gear, managing your ropes and setting your anchor before venturing out to Yosemite for climbing. It is not very easy to learn the Yosemite crack technique. Your best bet is to start top roping the very lowest grades of cracks having less difficulty level.

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