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California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Climbing Guide App (free)

Chad Lawyer (2016)

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App creator Chad Lawver announced in the forum thread Free! Yosemite Guidebook App that his Yosemite Climbing Guide App (for Apple and Android devices) is now free.

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Yosemite Climbs: Free Climbs

Don Reid (1994) Chockstone Press

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Yosemite Climbs: Free Climbs Paperback – 1994
by Don Reid (Author), John Dill (Introduction)
Paperback: 413 pages
Publisher: Chockstone Press; 1st edition (1994)

Out of print but widely available on Amazon.

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Rock Climbing Yosemite's Select

Don Reid (1994) Falcon Guides

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Rock Climbing Yosemite's Select 2nd Edition by Don Reid
Series: Regional Rock Climbing Series
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: FalconGuides; 2nd edition (May 1, 1998)

Out of print, but still widely available on the Amazon page linked.

Yosemite Valley chapter of A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra (free online guide)

Leondard, Brower and Dunmire (1953) Yosemite Library

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A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra (1954), edited by Hervey H. Voge. Authors: Richard M. Leonard and David R. Brower (1940), and William W. Dunmire (1953).

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Yosemite Valley Sport Climbs and Top Ropes

Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven (2010) Supertopo

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Yosemite Sport Climbs and Top Ropes
Authors: Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven
Routes: 200 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: 5.1-5.12a
Pages: 120 pages
Edition: 1st Edition, July 2010

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The Road to The Nose

Chris McNamara / Supertopo

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The Road to The Nose
Routes: 14+ (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: 9-5.10d and C1-C2
Pages: 60 color pages
Format: downloadable eBook (PDF)
Author: Chris McNamara

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Yosemite Big Walls - 3rd Edition

Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven (2011) Supertopo

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Yosemite Big Walls - 3rd Edition
Authors: Chris McNamara and Chris Van Leuven
Routes: 64 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: C1-A5
Pages: 208 pages
Edition: 3rd edition, May 2011

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Yosemite Bigwalls

Putnam and Sloan (2015) Yosemite Bigwalls

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Roger Putnam's and Erik Sloan's Yosemite Bigwalls is sold in print and/or digital formats.

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Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley

Barth, Bedinghaus, Jakubowski and Sloan (2016) Yosemite Bigwalls

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Rock Climbing Yosemite Valley: 750 Best Free Routes. As of May 2016, this is available for pre-order, with shipments scheduled for June.

Authors are Lucas Barth, Cary Bedinghaus, Marek Jakubowski and Erik Sloan.

California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : * Tuolumne Bouldering

Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Guidebook (2014)

Charlie Barrett / self published

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"The new Tuolumne Meadows Bouldering Guidebook is a self published, full color, 372 page comprehensive guide that covers over 1,200 boulder problems in Yosemite’s high country."

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Tuolumne Bouldering

Chris Summit (2009) Supertopo

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From the publisher's website: "Tuolumne Bouldering showcases 20 of this great destination’s best bouldering areas. It has more than 275 of the best boulder problems in one of the most pristine alpine rock playgrounds on Earth. Tuolumne has a little something for everyone---steep faces, golden diorite knob pinches, splitter crack jams, gnarly old school mantels and a little bit of every other style of bouldering challenge. Located above 8000 feet in the “high country” Tuolumne Meadows is covered in snow every winter and the only road in is closed, but when summer is on the horizon and the snow is melting, the road will open just in time for you to escape the heat and crowds of the popular, lower elevation areas nearby such as Bishop and Yosemite Valley. The classic boulder problems that abound have rich histories and traditions. You can climb in the footsteps of legends like Bachar, Kauk and Yabo. Marvel in the Sierra geology, inhale the fresh mountain air, cherish the clear sky by day, gaze at the star-filled skies at night and live life the way it was meant to be lived—positive and free, in Tuolumne. "

California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows

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Tuolumne Free Climbs: 2nd Edition (2009)

Barnes, McNamara, Roper / SuperTopo

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From the publisher's website: "Tuolumne Free Climb: 2nd Editions includes twice as many routes as the first edition: over 275 of the best routes in Tuolumne Meadows from 14-pitch trad climbs to one-pitch sport routes."

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Rock Climbing Tuolumne Meadows: 4th Edition (2006)

Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein (2006) Falcon Guides ISBN-13: 978-0762734283

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Quoted from the back cover:

"Rock Climbing Tuolumne Meadows leads the way to more than 1,000 traditional and sport routes and classic bouldering problems of all degrees of difficulty. Expert climbers Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein share their knowledge of this high-country area, with excellent face and crack climbs on granite domes plus alpine ascents on the surrounding high peaks."

California : Yosemite National Park

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Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite

Michael P. Ghiglieri and Charles R. Farabee (2007) Puma Press

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Not a climbing book per se, but full of lovely climbing legends, lore and gore, including some firsthand stories, from a coauthor that did a stint as a ranger in the Valley.

Yosemite Topropes

Rob Floyd (1999) Sharp End Publishing

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Now you too can bring your kids to the rocks. Floyd takes a unique approach to climbing books, using interesting little icons to represent information from the slope of the climbs to whether or not to bring your children along. An interesting book, though a little bit too small for a climbing region (Yosemite) containing thousands of routes.

Rock Climbing Yosemite's Select

Don Reid (1998) Falcon Guides ISBN-13: 978-1575401157

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A fairly good compilation about Yosemite's "favorite" climbs. Unfortunately, this also usually means that you'll wait in line on most of the lower difficulty climbs. The information in the book is concise and accurate, though often approach information is a little cryptic.

California : Yosemite National Park : Southern Yosemite

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Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs

Mark Spencer and Shirley Spencer (1988) Condor Designs ISBN-13: 978-0962015809

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Currently out of print. The buy link goes to Amazon. From the seller's page there:

"Southern Yosemite Rock Climbs is a comprehensive guide to the rock climbing in the uncrowded southern boundary region of Yosemite National Park. These areas include: Mount Starr King, Wawona, Fresno Dome (Wamello) Area, The Balls, Mammoth Pool, and Shuteye Ridge. Originally published in 1988, and out of print for several years, this guidebook chronicles 20 years of Southern Yosemite climbing from the early 70s exploration by Royal Robbins and Fred Beckey through the late 80s sport climbing era. This reprint of the original 1988 edition contains first-hand descriptions of the climbs as told by the original ascentionists. In the nearly 20 years since the publication of the Southern Yosemite guide, new approaches have appeared, new routes have been found and climbed, and a new generation of climbers have discovered the adventure of Southern Yosemite."

California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Valley Bouldering

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Yosemite Valley Bouldering

Matt Wilder (2007) Supertopo 978-0976523529

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Problems: 600
Difficulty: VB-V13
Pages: 160 pages
Edition: 1st Edition, May 2007