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Areas in El Capitan

Base Routes 36 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 39
East Buttress 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Southeast Face 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 15
Southwest Face 10 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 12
West Face 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 4
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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...

71 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
 92
Zodiac
Aid 16 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 147
La Cosita, Left
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 304
Pine Line
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2
 91
Lurking Fear
Trad, Aid 19 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 125
Little John, Right
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 75
Little John, Left
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 177
La Cosita, Right
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 307
The Nose
Trad, Aid 31 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2
 103
Salathe Wall
Trad, Aid 35 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 337
Moby Dick
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 191
Sacherer Cracker
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 311
East Buttress
Trad 9 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 60
Ahab
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 159
Salathe (pitch 1)
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 115
Freeblast
Trad 10 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Zodiac Southeast Face
 92
C3 Aid 16 pitches
La Cosita, Left Base Routes
 147
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Pine Line Base Routes
 304
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Lurking Fear W Face
 91
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2 Trad, Aid 19 pitches
Little John, Right Base Routes
 125
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Little John, Left Base Routes
 75
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
La Cosita, Right Base Routes
 177
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Nose Southwest Face
 307
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 31 pitches
Salathe Wall Southwest Face
 103
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2 Trad, Aid 35 pitches
Moby Dick Base Routes
 337
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sacherer Cracker Base Routes
 191
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
East Buttress E Buttress
 311
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 9 pitches
Ahab Base Routes
 60
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Salathe (pitch 1) Base Routes
 159
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Freeblast Base Routes
 115
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 10 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
Utah
Alex Temus   Utah
First Free Solo Ascent: Alex Honnold via "Freerider (5.12d)"

Holy crap! Jun 3, 2017
I made a detailed East Ledges Descent page in my Yosemite Logistics section

yosemitebigwall.com/logistics Sep 26, 2018
Olek S  
There are two sets of static ropes on East Ledges: a white one and the blue one. On the second rap the sheath of the blue rope slid/wrinkled right at the anchor which makes really hard to remove the rope from a belay device. 3 days ago · Temporary Report

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