El Capitan
El Capitan; photo by Mike Murphy, CC BY-SA 3.0

Yosemite to Require Special Permits for Overnight Climbing Expeditions


In an effort to understand climbing patterns and ensure ecologically safe practices,Yosemite National Park will soon require some climbers to purchase a special permit, park officials announced today.

The荒野攀登许可证will be free but mandatory for every big-wall climber who stays overnight in the park. The National Park Service said there will be no limits on the number of permits the park issues.

“优胜美地的大壁攀登几乎完全发生在指定的荒野中 - 公共土地的最高保护程度最高。公园管理和公园的游客都有一个特别责任保护指定的荒野,因为这一和后代,“公园官员在一份声明中说.


Yosemite Climbing Permit

The new rules take effect May 21, 2021, and apply only to big-wall climbers staying overnight. Day climbers don’t need the permit. Those who require a permit will need torequest a permit reservation计划攀登前4至15天。每次许可证都将涵盖四个人。

With the permit, climbers can bivouac on any vertical cliff, face, or wall in Yosemite, with a few stipulations. They must be at least one pitch off the ground on a route that is grade V or higher, follow all existing Yosemite regulations, and not be in a closed area. NPS officials note that climbers can not bivouac or camp on walls outside of designated wilderness, like Rostrum or Elephant Rock.

Yosemite officials said the permit pilot program will help visitors adhere to park regulations, as most people who break a park rule “don’t realize they’re violating it.” According to the press release, overnight climbers will receive a similar in-person instruction meeting as overnight hikers in the park do. If the program works as intended, officials say Yosemite will see less trash, human waste, and abandoned equipment caches.

To assess the efficacy of the pilot program, rangers will collect data on the number of climbers on each route and seasonal use patterns in wilderness climbing areas in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. They will also evaluate how wellLeave No Trace教育简报在登山者拿起他们的时候wilderness permit.

To learn more, check out Yosemite’s Wilderness Climbing Permit FAQhere.

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