Camp 4 Yosemite Web Site

The original documents that helped preserved an international climber's basecamp in Yosemite.

Activism to preserve Camp 4 was initiated by a group of climbers and conservationists in response to a 1997 plan to expand the Yosemite Lodge commercial lodging into the Swan Slabs woodland, and to build an expansive housing complex for nearly half the Valley's commercial workforce on the very edge of Camp 4. The Swan Slabs woodland is a peaceful, sunny place to walk, picnic, and boulder, just next to Camp 4. Camp 4 is the historic basecamp of generations of Valley climbers.


Camp 4: A Historical Gem, by Tom Frost and Pat Ament

Camp 4: National Historic Register Supplementary Application, by Dick Duane

Camp 4 Determined Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, by Don L. Klima

The lawsuit that helped the NPS reconsider the development around Camp 4



The AAC Resolutions that started the legal aspects.

Yosemite's dwindling campsites (notes from a longtime ranger who chose to remain anonymous)

Map of the previously proposed development in the Lodge area

Field Research on the Valley Hotels, by John Middendorf (posted on rec.climbing)

Hotels or Campsites 5/97, by John Middendorf

Hotels or Campsites PDF version(as distributed in Yosemite)

Yosemite Crisis Update 3/98, by John Middendorf

Responses to Original Yosemite Lodge Plan

Panel discussion, "The Future of our National Parks and Public Lands",1997 AAC meeting, John Middendorf

Yosemite Access Article (published in Climbing 5/98)

Friends of Yosemite Valley's Comments to the VIP

American Alpine Club's Comments to the VIP

Access Fund's Comments to the VIP

BMC Women's Climbers' Symposium Statement

Letter from concerned Japanese climber

Other Links

Freedom of Information Act letter format

Big Wall Climbing Home Page


Camp4Yosemite Webmaster (John Middendorf)