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The Captain. How can you properly describe 3000 feet of beautiful granite loaded with awesome routes? El Cap is probably the most recognized chunk of rock in the world to rock climbers. Climbers come from across the globe to challenge themselves on the 3000 foot walls of El Capitan. It's an awe-inspiring thing that first time you go to the Valley and stand at the base of El Cap, looking up. So much rock, so little time...
El Capitan is found on the north side of the Valley, just east of where highway 120 meets highway 140 coming in from El Portal. Can't miss it...
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for El Capitan:
Zodiac C3+ Aid, 16 pitches, 1800'
Zenyatta Mondatta A3+ Aid, 16 pitches, 1800'
The Shortest Straw A4- Aid, 15 pitches, 1800'
Lurking Fear 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b C2 Trad, Aid, 19 pitches, 2000'
North America Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c C3 Aid, 28 pitches, 2400'
The Shield 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c A3 PG13 Trad, Aid, 30 pitches, 2900'
Scorched Earth 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c A4 PG13 Trad, Aid, 15 pitches, 1800'
Triple Direct 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C1- Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3200'
The Nose 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'
Salathe Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'
Never Never Land 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A3 Aid, 20 pitches, 2000'
Native Son 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A3+ Aid, 17 pitches, 2300'
Tangerine Trip 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A3+ Aid, 18 pitches, 2500'
Mirage 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A4 Trad, Aid, Grade VI
Mescalito 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a A3 Trad, Aid, 26 pitches, 2800'
Quo Vadis 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a A4+ Trad, Aid, 22 pitches, 3000'
East Buttress 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 9 pitches, 1200'
Muir Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b A2 Trad, Aid, 33 pitches, 2900'
West Face 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 20 pitches, 1800'
Freerider 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b PG13 Trad, 3300'
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West Face 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : El Capitan
My Memory is a bit sketchy on some of the pitches....feel free to offer corrections....P1 11b slabby, bolt protected face crux starting off of a platform. P2 11b Thin, left arching crack undercling/layback. Lots of fixed gearP3 10a Slightly flaring thin corner, P4 Big Traverse.P5 10a Cool 10a arete/bulge move following by incredible 5.8 climbing, on atypically Yosemite sculpted jugs which turn out to be the trademark of the climb. Pay attention here, easy to get on the wrong crack.Link Pitche...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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