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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'
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'
Featured Route For El Capitan
The Shield 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c A3 PG13 CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : El Capitan
Despite beat out placements & seeing 100s of ascents the Shield is about as quintessential of a big wall as you could imagine. Gone are the rurp seams that Porter encountered on the FA but the overhanging headwall and spectacular position remain and make this a memorable ascent. The route breaks away from the ledges of freeblast with a few lack-luster pitches up through the grey ledges section. A protected bivy lies below the steep roof above. The climbing really begins with the Shield roo...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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