Elevation: 7,116 ft
GPS: 37.73051, -119.6356
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Shared By: Josh Janes on Jun 15, 2006
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, 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...

99 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
 150
Zodiac
Aid 16 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 494
Pine Line
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2
 173
Lurking Fear
Trad, Aid 19 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3 PG13
 55
The Shield
Trad, Aid 30 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 260
La Cosita, Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 538
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 154
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 480
Moby Dick Center
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 292
Sacherer Cracker
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 462
East Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 87
Ahab
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 250
Salathe (pitch 1)
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 241
Freeblast
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 67
West Face
Trad 20 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
 59
Freerider
Trad 30 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Zodiac 3. Southeast Face
 150
C3 Aid 16 pitches
Pine Line 1. Base Routes > Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 494
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Lurking Fear 2. Southwest Face
 173
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2 Trad, Aid 19 pitches
The Shield 2. Southwest Face
 55
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3 PG13 Trad, Aid 30 pitches
La Cosita, Right 1. Base Routes > Southwest Base > Little John & La Cosita
 260
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Nose 2. Southwest Face
 538
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall 2. Southwest Face
 154
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Moby Dick Center 1. Base Routes > Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 480
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sacherer Cracker 1. Base Routes > Southwest Base > Slack to W Buttress
 292
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
East Buttress 4. E Buttress
 462
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 9 pitches
Ahab 1. Base Routes > Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 87
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Salathe (pitch 1) 1. Base Routes > Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 250
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Freeblast 2. Southwest Face
 241
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 10 pitches
West Face 2. Southwest Face
 67
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 20 pitches
Freerider 2. Southwest Face
 59
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13 Trad 30 pitches
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