Yosemite Facelift @ 2010 Information



Thanks for your interest in the 7th Annual Facelift in Yosemite National Park!

This year’s event will kick-off with an evening program on September 21st, 2010.  Cleanup activities will happen throughout the park from September 22nd through the 26th

Free camping for volunteers is available from the 21st through the 26th. Sites are limited and will be filled as requests are sent in. If you would like to volunteer and take advantage of the available campsites, please email the dates you would like to participate, your campground preference, and all of the names of the people in your party to yageryca@gmail.com or through contact us button. Camping is available in Yosemite Valley at Yellow Pines and Camp 4, and will most likely be available in Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows after the Valley camping fills up. 

We are also looking for Project Leaders interested in staying for the whole event. Earlier camping will be available for those interested in taking on this role, as you will need to participate in a 4-hour archeological training on September 21st

If you don’t need camping and would like to participate in the event, you can sign in as a volunteer at the following locations: 

22nd-26th – In front of Visitors Center in Yosemite Valley

Allen Steck Interview, 12/3/1995 PART 1

This interview was conducted and edited by John Meek.

Clean up projects.

Hello everybody,

I am starting to gear up for this year's Facelift. I am looking for cleanup project ideas. All of you cover more area in the Park than I can in one year. The climbers have been my best resource in the past and I hope you can be this year. Projects could be a heavily littered area that we have missed in previous Facelifts. Or it could be materials that just don't belong in a National Park (construction debris, dumpsites, rotting mattresses in a cave, etc...). You know, this kind of stuff.

It can be anywhere within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. It also has to be less than 50 years old or else it is historical.

Facelift 2009 Results

I would like to thank everybody that participated at the 6th annual Yosemite Facelift in 2009. Your support helped to once again make the Facelift the best volunteer event in Yosemite National Park. This year we tried some new things to take the event in a greener direction.

We gave away 1,000 stainless steel Klean Kanteen bottles to the volunteers with the hopes of reducing the use of bottled water. REI donated money to purchase bicycles and trailers which were extremely useful for early morning setup, afternoon breakdown, running errands, recruiting volunteers, and supplying volunteers in the field. We also had signature event glasses for the refreshments during the evening programs. These glasses cut down the use of plastic cups to practically none. There was plenty of free coffee in the mornings and for the evening programs donated by Peets. New Belgian Brewing Company provided beer and Redwood Creek Winery provided wine for the six evening programs. ClifBar gave away thousands of bars and helped cover the cost of the outdoor music program on Saturday night in front of the VisitorCenter. More than 50 sponsors donated raffle prizes for the event.

Piton Puller

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Piton Puller

Piton maker Dick Long of Longware fame made this piton puller.

Dolt Patents and Drawings

Dolt Patents and Drawings

Bill "Dolt" Feuerer's mail box. Dolt was well known for his fine craftmanship of climbing equipment in the 1960's. He was a prolific designer and manufacturer. Dolt was a genius ahead of his time. Click on the picture to see some of his patents, drawings and a couple photos.

Robert Underhill Letter

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Robert Underhill Letter

Robert Underhill introduced the European rope techniques to California climbers. This letter was in one of the RCS binders that Richard Leonard compiled. More RCS scans from the binders to follow.

Topos and a Drawing from Lower and Higher Cathedral Notebooks

Topos and a Drawing from Lower and Higher Cathedral Notebooks

The summit team after the first ascent in 1934. From left to right, Bestor Robinson, Richard Leonard and Jules Eichorn. From the Higher Cathedral Spire Notebook. Click on the photo to see the drawings.

I am a rock engineer and proud of it!

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An original Bestor Robinson article written after the first ascents of the Cathedral Spires.

RCS Scorecard Sheets

RCS Scorecard Sheets

Richard Leonard of the Rock Climbing Section(RCS) of the Sierra Club kept meticulous records of RCS climber exams that were used to determine group leaders for climbing outings. These scorecards were kept in binders and donated to YCA by Richard Leonard. Click on the image to view the RCS scorecards.

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