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5180 Highway 140, Mariposa CA 95338
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History and Mission
The Yosemite Climbing Museum and Gallery in Mariposa, California is an invaluable asset to the global climbing community. The space provides the unique forum for displaying and curating historical climbing artifacts as well as photography, publications, and memorabilia: collectively, our community's art. Yosemite local, Ken Yager realized there was a need for preserving climbing history decades ago; the Mariposa space demonstrates his commitment to filling that need.
Since the YCA first started working on the space in 2019, we've arranged gallery walls of photography, which showcases Yosemite climbing history through the lens of prolific artists. These walls are lined with display cases which feature impressive artifacts and hardware, showing the evolution of climbing and gear over time. We also have interest from the outdoor industry's top art producers for future exhibits.
Ken Yager, Founder & President
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
It was love at first sight when Ken Yager met Yosemite Valley for the first time in 1972. Yager, after serving his rock apprenticeship under Warren Harding, finally started living his Yosemite dream by moving to the Valley when he was 17. He has an impressive climbing resume and guesses he's climbed El Cap around 60 times, but in his usual humble fashion, has not kept track. He worked as a Yosemite Mountain School guide over 11 years, when he guided the monolith three to six times a year. His love for Yosemite motivated him to establish the Yosemite Climbing Association in 2003. Under this umbrella, he has collected decades' worth of climbing gear and history and advocated for the establishment of the Yosemite Climbing Museum. He also started Yosemite Facelift because of his embarrassment at guiding clients through trash and toilet paper. In 2015, his efforts earned him the David R. Brower Conservation Award from the American Alpine Club. You can read more about Ken and his accomplishments in the Alpinist. The Yosemite climbing community is lucky to have him!