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El Capitan  


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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...

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.1 miles from here

26 Total Routes

['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',10],['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',0],['>=5.14',2],['',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+ 13 MVS 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 19 pitches, 2000'   
North America Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C3     Aid, 28 pitches, 2400'   
The Shield   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3 PG13     Trad, Aid, 30 pitches, 2900'   
New Dawn   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3     Trad, Aid, 25 pitches, 2500'   
Triple Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1-     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3200'   
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   
Tangerine Trip   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3+     Aid, 18 pitches, 2500'   
Mescalito   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a A3     Trad, Aid, 26 pitches, 2800'   
East Buttress   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1200'   
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'   
Dawn Wall   5.14+ 9a 35 XI 35 E10 7b     Trad, 32 pitches, 2500'   
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Featured Route For El Capitan
El Capitan-The Nose. Photo by Blitzo.

The Nose 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : El Capitan
El Capitan is home to numerous classic routes but "The Nose" is the mega classic of them all. Towering nearly 3000' this route offers 31 pitches of superb climbing right up the middle of the wall. Often referred to as the "best rock climb in the world" it is obvious why this route is one of the most sought after big walls in the valley and the world. Most of the pitches on this route are outstanding but with classics such as the "Stovelegs", "King Swing" and "Great Roof" you'll wish it would ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of El Capitan Slideshow Add Photo
A climber and the Salathe Headwall
A climber and the Salathe Headwall
The porch swing on El cap
The porch swing on El cap
The stellar crux pitch of The Prophet Photo Cody S...
The stellar crux pitch of The Prophet Photo Cody S...
Nice summit shot from the top of El Cap, showing J...
Nice summit shot from the top of El Cap, showing J...
El Cap in a storm, May 2008.
El Cap in a storm, May 2008.
Dale Bard 5 rurp belay.
Dale Bard 5 rurp belay.
Beware of lizards. Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of lizards. Photo by Blitzo.
EL Cap, Winter. Photo by Blitzo.
EL Cap, Winter. Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap at night.  Photo by Yaman Ozakin
El Cap at night. Photo by Yaman Ozakin
Well hello there.
Well hello there.
The first foot of 3000
The first foot of 3000
The captain from the meadow
The captain from the meadow
El Cap from Taft Point across the valley.  Septemb...
El Cap from Taft Point across the valley. Septemb...
water pours down the east side of El Cap
water pours down the east side of El Cap
Early Morning Light. Photo by Blitzo.
Early Morning Light. Photo by Blitzo.
Early October morning moon and El Cap.
Early October morning moon and El Cap.
El Cap reflection. Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap reflection. Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers and hiker at El Cap. I'm not sure what th...
Climbers and hiker at El Cap. I'm not sure what th...
The Mighty Captain
The Mighty Captain
El Cap from the valley, Sept 09.
El Cap from the valley, Sept 09.
El Cap in winter
El Cap in winter
El Cap, Merced River. April 2004.
El Cap, Merced River. April 2004.
El Capitan Beer. 1960s. Photo by Blitzo.
El Capitan Beer. 1960s. Photo by Blitzo.
This shot was taken right after doing the Porch sw...
This shot was taken right after doing the Porch sw...

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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...............
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