“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”
—Ansel Adams, photographer
In the words of the National Park Service, it’s “not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its towering granite walls and waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, and ancient giant sequoias.”
In 1952, a 15-year-old Royal Robbins first visited Yosemite with his Boy Scout troop. As they looked down Tunnel View, the troop leader said, “Boys, that’s El Capitan. No one will ever climb it. It’s obviously impossible.” 16 years later, Royal completed the first solo ascent of El Cap.
Yosemite became Royal’s home away from home and scene of his greatest triumphs. He completed the first ascent of the Northwest Face of Half Dome in 1957. Royal and his wife Liz met in 1960 in Yosemite’s Camp 4. In 1967, Liz became the first woman to climb Half Dome. Their time in the Valley highlighted the need for outdoor-specific apparel, spawning the birth of the company first called Mountain Paraphernalia, then Mountain Threads, and now Royal Robbins.
For 40 years, we have partnered with the Yosemite Conservancy (and its predecessors the Yosemite Association and the Yosemite Fund) to conserve and improve one of the great wonders of the world.
The Yosemite Conservancy is a non-profit organization that provides grants to Yosemite National Park to fund projects ranging from trail and habitat restoration to wildlife-protection programs and scientific research to the Youth in Yosemite programs which help underserved high school students experience the wilderness for the first time (see the full list of projects here).
In 2014, volunteers contributed over 17,000 hours to the Park, participating in projects ranging from 1–2 days to a week to even a month. These volunteers are critical to supplementing the work done by the National Park Service, and we need more help!
Whether it’s a hands-on conservation project or an Outdoor Adventures or arts project with youths, you can get involved in any number of incredibly rewarding activities in the most beautiful place on earth. Visit the YC’s volunteers page here.
All those efforts cost money though. In 2014, the Yosemite Conservancy raised over $10 million, but they still could not fund all the projects that are needed by the Park. A donation of $25 goes a long way to supporting the Park and fostering a lifelong relationship with Yosemite.
As a donor to Yosemite Conservancy, you help preserve the park for future generations.
Your gift today makes a lasting difference for Yosemite’s trails, habitat, wildlife and much more. And by participating in our outdoor programs, art workshops, theater performances and volunteer opportunities, you are giving back to the park you love.
Please join us in supporting the Yosemite Conservancy and Yosemite National Park.