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Camp 4 Boulders  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 37.7418, -119.602 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The so-called Center of the Universe contains some of the best bouldering in Yosemite Valley on massive polished granite boulders. You'll find many classics here such as the unmistakable Midnight Lightning and the Bachar Cracker .

Just a short walk into the woods away from the hustle and bustle of camp can bring one to many of these boulders, perfect for winding down after a long day in the Valley.

Getting There 

Camp 4 is located on the North side of the Valley, southwest of Yosemite Lodge.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.1 miles from here

29 Total Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',6],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',7],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',7],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Camp 4 Boulders:
Largo Lounge   V0- 4-     Boulder, 15'   Bachar Cracker Boulder
Initial Friction   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Ver's Werner   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Blue Suede Shoes Boulder
Kor Problem   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Bear-Hug Mantle   V4 6B     Boulder, 7'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Tendons Give   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Bachar Cracker    V4 6B     Boulder   Bachar Cracker Boulder
Hit Man   V5- 6C     Boulder, 8'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Cocaine Corner   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Blue Suede Shoes   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Blue Suede Shoes Boulder
Ament Arete   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Shiver Me Timbers   V6 7A R     Boulder, 25'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Battle of the Bulge   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Titanic Boulder
Kauk Slab   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
King Cobra   V8 7B R     Boulder, 20'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Midnight Lightning   V8 7B     Boulder   Big Columbia Boulder
Torque Spanner   V8 7B     Boulder, 8'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
Thriller   V9 7C     Boulder   Thriller Boulder
The Force   V9 7C     Boulder   Thriller Boulder
Finger Crack   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 17'   Camp 4 - Misc Problems
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Featured Route For Camp 4 Boulders
John Bachar on "Midnight Lightning". 198...

Midnight Lightning V8 7B  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Big Columbia Boulder
What can you say about such a classic boulder problem that can possibly do it justice? First sent by Ron Kauk who worked it for over two months in 1978 with fellow hardman John Bachar, this line up the Columbia Boulder stands as a true milestone in modern rock climbing.People have rated this from V7 to V9, and if you can't mantle it's going to feel downright impossible.Start on the series of polished opening crimps, fire a right hand up to a good undercling crimp, move the left hand up, and then...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Camp 4 Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
There was a lot to discuss in Camp 4 and no lack o...
There was a lot to discuss in Camp 4 and no lack o...
Camp4 is on the National Register of Historic Plac...
Camp4 is on the National Register of Historic Plac...
Camp 4 training apparatus.
Camp 4 training apparatus.
Camp 4 in the late 70s, Coonyard in the distance.T...
Camp 4 in the late 70s, Coonyard in the distance.T...
Dean Potter bouldering near Camp 4. Photo by Blitz...
Dean Potter bouldering near Camp 4. Photo by Blitz...
Pride is one of Yosemites coolest boulder problems
Pride is one of Yosemites coolest boulder problems
Camp 4 lot, 1980s. Photo by Blitzo.
Camp 4 lot, 1980s. Photo by Blitzo.
Burgers for breakfast. Camp 4 lot, 1985. Photo by ...
Burgers for breakfast. Camp 4 lot, 1985. Photo by ...
Rick Cashner bouldering behind Camp 4. 1981.
Rick Cashner bouldering behind Camp 4. 1981.
n00bs bouldering behind camp. Photo by Blitzo.
n00bs bouldering behind camp. Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of bears. Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of bears. Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering in the Valley
Bouldering in the Valley
Bouldering in The Valley
Bouldering in The Valley
Reggie boulders in the Valley
Reggie boulders in the Valley
Every climber should make the pilgrimage to this m...
Every climber should make the pilgrimage to this m...
A very cool climb
A very cool climb
Roaming around the Camp 4 Boulders after a downpou...
Roaming around the Camp 4 Boulders after a downpou...
Bouldering near Camp 4
Bouldering near Camp 4
Camp 4 Raffi Bedayn Memorial rock
Camp 4 Raffi Bedayn Memorial rock

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 24, 2007
For many years (1970-2000?) this campground was called by the NPS "Sunnyside Walk-in Campground", yet all the climbers still referred to it by the original name "Camp 4". This led to some confusion amongst newcomers, as all the signs and rangers called it "Sunnyside". I'm glad to see the signs have been changed to reflect the original name. I noticed some web sites still have "Sunnyside".
By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
Apr 2, 2010
While this may not be a great place to sleep in the winter, the winter bouldering is awesome. Yes, it can be a little hit and miss with the snow. But when its on, its the best time of year to be here. No crowds, very little noise, and minimal grease.
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