El Cap in a storm, May 2008.
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...
Note: When climbing El Cap, parties should come prepared for harsh weather with little notice. Rescues and even deaths have occurred over the years due to unprepared climbers that were hit by unexpected storms.
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...
Weather station 3.1 miles from here
24 Total Routes
['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for El Capitan:
C3+ Aid, 16 pitches, 1800'
Lurking Fear 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
C2 Trad, Aid, 19 pitches, 2000'
The Shield 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A3 PG13 Trad, Aid, 30 pitches, 2900'
Triple Direct 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
C1- Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3200'
Salathe Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
C2 Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'
The Nose 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
C2 Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'
Mescalito 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
A3 Trad, Aid, 26 pitches, 2800'
Muir Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
A2 Trad, Aid, 33 pitches, 2900'
West Face 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 20 pitches, 1800'
Freerider 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
PG13 Trad, 3300'
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Native Son 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Excellent route. Sustained A3, it adds up towards the end. In terms of danger, the crux is p4, the Coral Sea. It's best to link this with p3 for a 190' pitch. Other cruxes are the Wing, which steep, and Golden Nipple, a slabby pitch at the end.Mega classic nailing on several pitches. Feels fresh. I don't think there is more holes on the hard pitches than there were on the FA(?) At least for the Coral Sea this is obvious from the original topo.Every pitch stands out in some way.The only ledge is ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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