Elevation: 4,100 ft
GPS: 37.728, -119.637 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Sketchy Sam on Jul 13, 2006
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
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Description

The base of El Capitan is home to numerous dreamy classic climbs to cut your teeth on while gazing up at the Big Stone.

Getting There

Park in El Cap Meadows area and hike the trail up to the base. Figure on about 10 minutes for the approach.

45 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Base Routes

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 421
Pine Line
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 194
La Cosita, Left
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 160
Little John, Right
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 104
Little John, Left
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 232
La Cosita, Right
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 434
Moby Dick
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 258
Sacherer Cracker
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
West Buttress (pitch 1&2)
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 76
Ahab
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 225
Salathe (pitch 1)
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 25
Hardly Pinnacle
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 32
Mark of Art
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 48
Short But Thin
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 26
La Escuela
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5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13
 3
TRON
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pine Line Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 421
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
La Cosita, Left Southwest Base > Little John & La Cosita
 194
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Little John, Right Southwest Base > Little John & La Cosita
 160
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Little John, Left Southwest Base > Little John & La Cosita
 104
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
La Cosita, Right Southwest Base > Little John & La Cosita
 232
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Moby Dick Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 434
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sacherer Cracker Southwest Base > Slack to W Buttress
 258
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
West Buttress (pitch 1&2) Southwest Base > Slack to W Buttress
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Ahab Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 76
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Salathe (pitch 1) Southwest Base > Moby Dick & Pterodact…
 225
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Hardly Pinnacle Southwest Base > Little John & La Cosita
 25
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Mark of Art Southwest Base > Slack to W Buttress
 32
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Short But Thin Southwest Base > Slack to W Buttress
 48
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
La Escuela Southwest Base > Slack to W Buttress
 26
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
TRON Southeast Base
 3
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13 Sport
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