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'
Featured Route For El Capitan
Tangerine Trip 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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I'm not the person to describe this route, because I did it a zillion years ago when it had no piton scars (and we had no cams). Consult a recent topo. Nonetheless, I can say that, overall, the Tangerine Trip is a classic second generation El Cap route -- not an obvious line, but a honest, old-fashioned nail-up. The route ascends the most consistently overhanging part of El Cap, and there are no ledges. It's a good vertical adventure.One very important warning. There is a sharp edge toward ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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