Leading Trips for Rock Rendezvous
Most Rock Rendezvous trips take place in our popular climbing areas - Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows. Being world-renowned centers, they draw throngs of international climbers during the summer months. We therefore book campsites for our trips well in advance and rely on kindly volunteers to coordinate our groups.
Although these areas will always be in demand, there are many other beautiful rock outcrops in our state. Some are well known, others are not - but exploring them and finding a gem is always very rewarding. If you would like to lead a trip to one of these lesser known areas and need some ideas, try the following sources:
- Climbing magazine
- The internet
- Local climbers
- Climbing guidebooks
- Climbing store personnel
Just write up your plans in the newsletter and wait for responses. Enthusiasm for new places is usually high.
The following Trip Leader Guidelines apply only to Yosemite and Tuolumne Meadows, but responsibilities will be the same wherever you go.
Trip Leader Guidelines
Welcome to our noble group of volunteers!
Trip leaders like you enable us to run climbing weekends in Yosemite and Tuolumne Meadows throughout the summer. We want your experience to be a good one and are therefore enclosing details of your responsibilities, trip policies and procedures and of course, your benefits! We also list names of members to contact if you have questions, provide guidelines regarding how to handle certain problems, and supply general information for climbers in Yosemite and Tuolumne Meadows.
Signing Up for Trips.
This is on a first come first served basis. Each member is allowed to invite one guest. If numbers permit, additional guests can be admitted.
Costs and Refunds.
$4/night for members and $8 for non-members. Everyone is required to pay for all nights that have been booked. Cancellations received less than 72 hours before the trip, unless due to bad weather, need to be paid for. If there are others on the waiting list or you find a replacement this fee will be waived.
Eight people with tents, plus 2 cars, per campsite. Extra cars can be parked in overflow parking areas.Notes about campsites:
- Extra campers: Technically, Yosemite allows only 6 people and 2 cars per campsite. To account for "no shows" and lost fees, the club allows for 8 people to sign up for campsites. While it is unlikely that rangers or campsite hosts will ask for extra people to leave, cars without passes will have to be moved outside of the campground.
- "Crashing" the site: When trips are full, sometimes people who are not on the sign-up "crash" the site. Extra club members are generally welcome to stay, but are still required to pay campsite fees, store food in overflow bear lockers, park in overflow. Should the authorities ask extra people to leave the campsite, these folks will be the first to go.
- Trip leaders should use their own common sense and good judgment about extra people. Balance "the more, the merrier" friendly philosophy with maintaining a respectful and pleasant experience for those who are signed up.
If the trip needs to be canceled due to weather, notify members (the club will absorb the cost). If you are unable to go on the trip, assign another leader.
- No campsite fees
- Guaranteed car pass
- Guaranteed spot on trip
- Assemble a list of trip members and a waiting list
- Convey policies concerning campsite fees, site regulations, and car passes
- Coordinate carpools
- Coordinate Saturday night potluck
- Provide details of campsite location
- Collect fees and submit monies to Treasurer
- Resolve problems
Details you need to know:
a) Obtain the campsite receipt, and the name of the person reserving the site, from Outdoor Events Coordinator, Jovie Havard.
If you arrive late, site numbers are listed at the entrance booth under this person's name.
b) On arrival, post the site numbers on the message board, to the right of the entrance booth. Numbers are only listed at the entrance booth on the first night of stay, so it is essential to post them for those arriving a day late.
c) Issue two car passes per site on a first come first served basis. If you don't obtain passes on arrival, get them at the entrance booth in the morning. Overflow parking is available outside the campground. Members without a pass can drop off their gear at the site and then park.
d) Inform members about the use of bear boxes at the site - everything that smells, including food, cosmetics, and toothpaste need to be removed from cars and tents and put in the boxes overnight.
Collecting Campsite fees
a) Collect campsite fees as soon as possible - Saturday night is a good time. People may leave early on Sunday morning and you won't see them again!
Members $4 per night(unless 3 or more nights), non-members $6.
b) Send a check, or Paypal payment, along with a list of those who paid, to the Treasurer, Jake Strzelecki.
a) Sometimes people will try to bend the rules - these club guidelines should help you sort out any problems.
b) Report any difficulties you had with arrangements, with members of the group, or with any other matters, to a committee member. This could help us improve policies and procedures.
- Yosemite Campsite 1-800-436-7275
- Reservations for Yosemite Park 1-209-372-0200
- Recorded Information for Yosemite Park 1-900-454-YOSE
Climbing in the Park:
Most of the group will be familiar with climbs in the area. However, if not, direct them to the following publications which are available in the climbing stores at Curry Village or Tuolumne Meadows:
- Yosemite Free Climbs, by Don Reid, Chockstone Press
- Yosemite Valley Free Climbs, by McNamara, Barnes, Roper, Snyder, from Supertopo
- Yosemite Big Walls, by Chris McNamara, from Supertopo
- Yosemite Big Walls by Don Reid, Chockstone Press
- Rock Climbs of Tuolumne Meadows, by Don Reid and Chris Falkenstein, Chockstone Press
- Tuolumne Free Climbs, by Barnes, McNamara, Roper, Snyder, from Supertopo
Each book gives a list of the classic routes.
Popular areas are Church Bowl, Sunnyside Bench, The Five Open Books area, the Cathedral Rocks and Spires areas, and Manure Pile Buttress
In Tuolumne Meadows:
Try Lembert, Stately Pleasure, Pywiack, Daff, Fairview, Low Profile and Mariuolumne Domes
WARNINGS AND CLOSURES
- Until further notice, climbing on Glacier Point Apron is discouraged due to FREQUENT DEADLY ROCKFALL
- No climbing is allowed in Peregrine nesting areas - these are listed with the Public Information Office, at the Curry Village Mountain Shop or the Camp 4 Kiosk
There are a variety of campgrounds available in Yosemite National Park - some are closed in winter. Those generally used by the club are Upper, Lower and North Pines in Yosemite, and the main campground in Tuolumne Meadows. Campgrounds further away from the climbing areas are only used when nothing else is available
Directions to campgrounds
To Yosemite Campgrounds: After entering the Valley, follow signs to Curry Village (far eastern end). Pass the Village on your right and follow signs to campgrounds. Make a sharp bend left - Lower Pines will be to the left and Upper Pines to the right. North Pines is a little further, on the left, after crossing a bridge
To Tuolumne Meadows Campground: The campground is at the eastern end of the meadows, just after passing the general store. The entrance is on the right.
Park Entrance Fees:
$20 per car
National Park Passes are $80 - it's definitely worth buying one if you make regular trips to National Parks
Check the forecast a few days before your trip - weather patterns can change quickly.
In general, Yosemite is better for Spring and Fall climbing - you may be able to climb in April and as late as Thanksgiving.
In hot summer weather Tuolumne Meadows, at 8,600ft (approximately 4,000ft higher), is more comfortable.
Find weather and highway information at the following sources:
Valuable information from the Park Service
More than 100 climbing accidents occur in Yosemite each year; of these, 15-25 parties require a Park Service rescue. Climbing in Yosemite has inherent risks and climbers assume complete responsibility for their own safety. The Park Service does not maintain routes; loose rock and other hazards can exist on any route. Rescue is not a certainty. If you get into difficulties, be prepared to get yourself out of them. Know what to do in any emergency, including injuries, evacuations, unplanned bivouacs, or rapid changes in weather. Safety depends on having the right gear and the right attitude. Practice self-rescue techniques before you need them! Courtesy is an element of safety. Falling rock or gear is a serious hazard. Be careful when climbing above others. Do not create a dangerous situation by passing another party without their consent. Be sure to read the section on "Staying Alive" in the Yosemite Valley guidebook.
The Yosemite Medical Clinic, located between Yosemite Village and the Church Bowl, is fully equipped to handle climbing injuries. If you cannot get to the clinic on your own, dial "911" on any Yosemite telephone for assistance.
If you are injured or stranded while on a climb and cannot self- rescue, yell for help to obtain assistance. If you require a helicopter evacuation, do only and exactly what you are told by rescue personnel.
If you require a rescue, and it is determined that your own negligence got you into trouble, you may be charged with "creating a hazardous condition" . There is no climber registration in Yosemite. The Park Service is not watching out for you...you're on your own.
Thanks again and remember, "An Old Climber is a Safe Climber"