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
27 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in El Capitan
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for El Capitan:
A3 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'
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
C2- 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
Magic Mushroom 5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
: Yosemite National Park
: ... : El Capitan
I had the pleasure of climbing this with Troy Johnson and Tracy Dorton in of all times, August 1984This was as I was told an early ascent. We spent 4 nights on the wall. This route is longer and more sustained than the Shield. The route is in some deep flaring awkward corners with lots of left handed nailing as I recall. The Mushroom is a classic, fun climbing, deluxe bivey ledges and the most direct route through the Shield headwall, with no crowds.First Ascent: Hugh Burton & Steve Sutton 05/72...[more] Browse More Classics in CA