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Base Routes 36 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 39
Southeast Face 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 15
Southwest Face 10 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 12
West Face 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 3
Access Issue: Closures for Peregrine Falcon Protection March 1- July 15 Details

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...

69 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
 89
Zodiac
Aid 16 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 137
La Cosita, Left
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 272
Pine Line
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2
 83
Lurking Fear
Trad, Aid 19 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 115
Little John, Right
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 166
La Cosita, Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 271
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 94
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 306
Moby Dick
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 180
Sacherer Cracker
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 284
East Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 55
Ahab
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 145
Salathe (pitch 1)
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 103
Freeblast
Trad 10 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 43
West Face
Trad 20 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Zodiac Southeast Face
 89
C3 Aid 16 pitches
La Cosita, Left Base Routes
 137
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Pine Line Base Routes
 272
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Lurking Fear W Face
 83
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2 Trad, Aid 19 pitches
Little John, Right Base Routes
 115
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
La Cosita, Right Base Routes
 166
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Nose Southwest Face
 271
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Southwest Face
 94
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Moby Dick Base Routes
 306
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sacherer Cracker Base Routes
 180
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
East Buttress Southeast Face
 284
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 9 pitches
Ahab Base Routes
 55
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Salathe (pitch 1) Base Routes
 145
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Freeblast Base Routes
 103
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 10 pitches
West Face W Face
 43
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 20 pitches
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Scotty Nelson
Boulder
Scotty Nelson   Boulder
I can't seem to find this rock... Jun 22, 2006
Scotty---
If you're coming in from the west it's on your left.It's kinda greyish............... Oct 12, 2008
Alex Temus
Small Town, USA
Alex Temus   Small Town, USA
First Free Solo Ascent: Alex Honnold via "Freerider (5.12d)"

Holy crap! Jun 3, 2017

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