No matter whether you’re a seasoned climber or a complete novice, the Yosemite Mountaineering School & Guide Service has a place for you. Since its foundation in the late 1960’s, they have taken tens of thousands of eager climbers to the cliffs and remain to this day the only authorized school to lead and teach climbing at Yosemite. The school offers lessons, guided rock climbing and equipment rentals. Lessons are available for every expertise level, from the beginning “Welcome to the Rock” lessons to teaching crack climbing anchoring, leading and multi-pitch climbing and self-rescue and aid-climbing lessons. Together these are a master course in tackling the beginnings of self-interreliance on the rock faces of Yosemite. Guided climbs are offered as private lessons that teach you the secrets of climbing Yosemite and how to stay safer on the granite slabs that make up this crazy place. This is a learn-as-you-climb approach. 3/4 day, full day, extreme day, and higher grades are available up to a 6-day attempt at El Capitan.