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Nov 3, 2015
I have off the week of Thanksgiving, and I've been wanting to do some trad climbing in Yosemite for a while. I have never been to Yosemite, but I climb 5.10s on top rope, and can lead 5.8/5.9 over on the east coast. I'm looking to do some easy multi pitch climbs, specifically ones that are scenic that my two less experienced companions can enjoy.

The problem is I know it is going to be a little chilly out at that point. I have read that the average highs are in mid 50s, and lows are in low 30s, which is perfectly fine if it is sunny. The problem is I don't know the park, and am not sure how much elevation is going to play into it. I will be flying into Cali on Friday the 20th, and I can pick and choose any two days Monday thru Friday the 23-27, so I can choose the best two days based on weather forcast.

Can anyone recommend some classic climbs/sections that are high enough so that we can get a good view of the valley and take some great pictures, but will be in the sun and not high enough so that they will be too cold? Is it possible to get two good days of climbing in this time of year without being miserable?

Your help is much appreciated!
Mike Krieger
Joined Nov 2, 2015
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Nov 3, 2015
Super Slide

Commitment linkup to Seliginilla (I believe thats in the sun)

Nutcracker, After Seven etc... anything on Manure Pile Buttress

cragging at Churchbowl, Swan Slabs
Edward_
Joined Feb 3, 2012
250 points
Nov 3, 2015
Mike Krieger wrote:
I'm looking to do some easy multi pitch climbs, specifically ones that are scenic that my two less experienced companions can enjoy.

Remember that daylight is short at that time of year, so be careful about the longer routes, esp. with 3 people. Oh, and some of the descents can be pretty sketch for a first timer from the East (speaking from experience), so make sure everyone has a good headlamp.
Marc801
From Sandy, Utah
Joined Feb 25, 2014
64 points
Nov 3, 2015
Going in late November can be nice, with chilly mornings, or you can get shut down due to weather.

Anyway, do you have a guidebook? Here is the best one for someone with limited time and a first-timer:

supertopo.com/packs/yofreeclim...

You will want south-facing climbs. The book tells you how much sun exposure you get.

Have fun.
FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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