Elevation: 7,118 ft
GPS: 37.731, -119.636 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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...

79 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at El Capitan

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
C3
 115
Zodiac
Aid 16 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 180
La Cosita, Left
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 385
Pine Line
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2
 129
Lurking Fear
Trad, Aid 19 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 153
Little John, Right
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 218
La Cosita, Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 401
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 129
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 403
Moby Dick
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 242
Sacherer Cracker
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 379
East Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 70
Ahab
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 198
Salathe (pitch 1)
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 177
Freeblast
Trad 10 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
 30
Freerider
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Zodiac Southeast Face
 115
C3 Aid 16 pitches
La Cosita, Left Base Routes > Southwest Base
 180
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Pine Line Base Routes > Southwest Base
 385
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Lurking Fear Southwest Face
 129
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2 Trad, Aid 19 pitches
Little John, Right Base Routes > Southwest Base
 153
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
La Cosita, Right Base Routes > Southwest Base
 218
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Nose Southwest Face
 401
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Southwest Face
 129
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Moby Dick Base Routes > Southwest Base
 403
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sacherer Cracker Base Routes > Southwest Base
 242
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
East Buttress E Buttress
 379
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 9 pitches
Ahab Base Routes > Southwest Base
 70
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Salathe (pitch 1) Base Routes > Southwest Base
 198
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Freeblast Southwest Face
 177
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 10 pitches
Freerider Southwest Face
 30
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13 Trad
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