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Ice Climbing in Yosemite National Park, California USA

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Yosemite National Park is located near Mariposa, California, USA.

Yosemite National Park is a perfect place for ice climbing. The most magnificent ice in California is also the most accessible. Near June Lake, the fabulous waterfalls and the leaking aqueduct in Lee Vining Canyon are freezing solidly into crystal blue medium of the “slippery game”.

Trips are organized separately in levels of expertise. Level 1 is the perfect level for beginners, who are ready for 2 – tool climbing with the technique of front point on steep ice. One day is spent in June Lake and the other on Lee Vining with most of time on ice, so physical condition should be very good. Level 2 is perfect for intermediates. Climbing is more sustained, ice is steeper, anchor building and multi-pitch climbing.

You should have previous climbing experience and very good to excellent physical condition. Finally at level 3, climbing is for experts only, on thin ice steeper, multi-pitch climbing and many other techniques. Physical condition should be excellent and previous climbing experience up to WI4 is required.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM San Francisco
195 miles 313.82 km, 3 hours 54 minutes
Take the Oakland-Bay Bridge (Highway 80 East). Take Highway 580 east, following signs for Tracy/Stockton to Highway 205. Follow Highway 205 to Highway 120. Take Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park.
BY CAR FROM Las Vegas, Nevada
372 miles/598.68 km, 6 hours 27 minutes
Take US-95 N for 170 +/- miles. Near Forks Station, turn LEFT onto NV-266 and follow for 50+ miles at which point it becomes NV-264 (shortly after entering California). Stay on NV-264 until reaching US 6. Turn LEFT onto US-6 (West toward Benton and Bishop) and follow for 23+ miles. Take exit onto CA-120 in Benton. Follow CA-120 to Highway 395 N. Follow Highway 395N/CA-120 to Lee Vining where you will exit Highway 395 and continue on Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park. (Portions of Highway 120 may be closed seasonally).
BY CAR FROM Sacramento
170 miles/273.59 km, 3 hours 35 minutes
Take Highway 99 South to Manteca. Exit onto Highway 120 East in Manteca and follow directly into Yosemite.
BY CAR FROM Los Angeles
340 miles/547.18 km, 6 hours 9 minutes
Follow Interstate 5 North toward Bakersfield. Just beyond the Grapevine towards Bakersfield, follow Highway 99 North to Fresno. From Fresno, follow Highway 41 to Yosemite Valley.
BY AIR
Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT),
125 miles/201.17 km
BY TRAIN

Amtrack  Trains serve San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento to and from Merced/Riverbank and connect with VIA bus lines for direct luxury motor-coach into Yosemite Valley. Fares include the bus travel and the park entrance fee. For fares, schedules and information visit the following links.

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