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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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...


24 Total Routes


['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',5],['5.9',10],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

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'   
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'   
Triple Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C1-     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3200'   
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   
Tangerine Trip   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a A3+     Aid, 18 pitches, 2500'   
Mescalito   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a A3     Trad, Aid, 26 pitches, 2800'   
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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Kirk Hansen on the traversing pitch 3. Beautiful scenery.

East Buttress 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : El Capitan
The East Buttress of El Cap is a classic adventure up the right hand shoulder of El Cap. The route doesn't really feel like your on El Cap, but it does afford good views, and more often than not, it is the first and only route that most climbers will ever free climb on the Captain.It is one of the more popular routes in the Valley, so be prepared for traffic jams and a long day, but it since the crux comes early and most of the climbing is much more moderate, fast parties can usually finish the...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

News and Events For El Capitan
Photos of El Capitan Slideshow Add Photo
El Cap at night.  Photo by Yaman Ozakin
El Cap at night. Photo by Yaman Ozakin
El Cap in a storm, May 2008.
El Cap in a storm, May 2008.
Beware of lizards. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of lizards.
Photo by Blitzo.
The stellar crux pitch of The Prophet <br />Photo Cody Sims
The stellar crux pitch of The Prophet
Photo Cody S...
West face of El Cap, Half Dome creeping in the background.
West face of El Cap, Half Dome creeping in the bac...
The porch swing on El cap
The porch swing on El cap
EL Cap, Winter. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
EL Cap, Winter.
Photo by Blitzo.
The first foot of 3000
The first foot of 3000
Well hello there.
Well hello there.
A climber and the Salathe Headwall
A climber and the Salathe Headwall
The captain from the meadow
The captain from the meadow
El Cap from Taft Point across the valley.  September 09.
El Cap from Taft Point across the valley. Septemb...
Nice summit shot from the top of El Cap, showing Juli's freshly amputated pinky finger.
Nice summit shot from the top of El Cap, showing J...
Early Morning Light. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Early Morning Light.
Photo by Blitzo.
Early October morning moon and El Cap.
Early October morning moon and El Cap.
water pours down the east side of El Cap
water pours down the east side of El Cap
El Cap reflection. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap reflection.
Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers and hiker at El Cap. I'm not sure what the climbers are doing. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers and hiker at El Cap. I'm not sure what th...
The Mighty Captain
The Mighty Captain
El Cap, Merced River. April 2004.
El Cap, Merced River. April 2004.
El Cap from the valley, Sept 09.
El Cap from the valley, Sept 09.
El Capitan Beer. 1960s. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Capitan Beer. 1960s.
Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap basking in the sunshine!
El Cap basking in the sunshine!
El Cap.  <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mike Corbett on Muir Wall. <br />Photo by Errett Allen.
Mike Corbett on Muir Wall.
Photo by Errett Allen.
This shot was taken right after doing the Porch swing. I think this is located right by where Mescalito tops out.
This shot was taken right after doing the Porch sw...
El Cap in winter
El Cap in winter
The Shield head wall
The Shield head wall
Look very close...  2002?
Look very close... 2002?
Playing around on the base of El Cap.
Playing around on the base of El Cap.
Capitan
Capitan
Juli on Thanksgiving Ledge one hour after accidentally amputating the tip of her pinky finger.
Juli on Thanksgiving Ledge one hour after accident...
El Cap sun. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap sun.
Photo by Blitzo.
ElCap. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
ElCap.
Photo by Blitzo.
Two climbers and a portaledge high up on ElCap... Does anyone know what route this is?...
Two climbers and a portaledge high up on ElCap... ...
No description needed...
No description needed...
El Cap on a cold May morning
El Cap on a cold May morning
Mescalito. <br />Photo by Errett Allen.
Mescalito.
Photo by Errett Allen.
Muir Wall. <br />Photo by Errett Allen.
Muir Wall.
Photo by Errett Allen.
El Capitan
El Capitan
Morning light on El Cap, on a cold February morning.
Morning light on El Cap, on a cold February mornin...
El Cap 10/07
El Cap 10/07
tunnel view...
tunnel view...
The Captain 2008
The Captain 2008
EL Cap Beer cap.
EL Cap Beer cap.
weighing the task ahead
weighing the task ahead
North American Wall, El Cap
North American Wall, El Cap
"Tangerine Trip". <br />Photo by Errett Allen.
"Tangerine Trip".
Photo by Errett Allen.
Climbers on El Cap, Sept 30, 2009.  If this is you, PM me and I'll send you some shots.
Climbers on El Cap, Sept 30, 2009. If this is you...
Pacific Ocean? <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pacific Ocean?
Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers on El Cap, Sept 30, 2009. If this is you, PM me and I'll send you some shots.
Climbers on El Cap, Sept 30, 2009. If this is you,...
water pouring down near the East Buttress and Tangerine Trip right after a big thunderstorm
water pouring down near the East Buttress and Tang...
El Capitan as seen from the East Buttress of Middle Cathedral Rock
El Capitan as seen from the East Buttress of Middl...
At the base of El Cap
At the base of El Cap
Cleaning the shield roof
Cleaning the shield roof
Hanging in space after doing the Alcove swing
Hanging in space after doing the Alcove swing
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By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Jun 22, 2006

I can't seem to find this rock...

By jeff newsom
Oct 12, 2008

Scotty---
If you're coming in from the west it's on your left.It's kinda greyish...............