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Ahab T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Bluffer, The T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Captain Hook, Left T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Captain Hook, Right T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Delectable Pinnacle, Right T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
El Cap Tree T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C1-2
Footstool, Right, The T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Freeblast T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Gollum T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hardly Pinnacle T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Indubious Battle T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
La Arista T,S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
La Cosita, Left T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
La Cosita, Right T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
La Escuela T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Little John, Left T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Little John, Right T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mark of Art T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Masquerade/Call Me Ishmael S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Moby Dick T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Moby Dick, Left T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Party Mix T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Peter Left T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Peter Pan T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pine Line T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Pterodactyl Terrace, Left T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pterodactyl Terrace, Right T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Reeds Leads T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rock Neurotic S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Sacherer Cracker T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Salathe (pitch 1) T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Seedy Leads T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Short But Thin T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Simulkrime T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Slack ( center), The T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Slack, Left, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Sparkling Give-away T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
TRON S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13
West Buttress (pitch 1&2) T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Elevation: 4,107 ft
GPS: 37.728, -119.637 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Sketchy Sam on Jul 13, 2006
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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.
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Getting There

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

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Pine Line
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
La Cosita, Left
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Little John, Right
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Little John, Left
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
La Cosita, Right
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Moby Dick
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sacherer Cracker
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Ahab
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Salathe (pitch 1)
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Hardly Pinnacle
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sparkling Give-away
Trad, Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mark of Art
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Short But Thin
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Freeblast
Trad 10 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13
TRON
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pine Line 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
La Cosita, Left 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Little John, Right 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Little John, Left 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
La Cosita, Right 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Moby Dick 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sacherer Cracker 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Ahab 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Salathe (pitch 1) 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Hardly Pinnacle 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Sparkling Give-away 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Mark of Art 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Short But Thin 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Freeblast 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 10 pitches
TRON 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13 Sport
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Vlad S  
Yeah, hiked up to the alcove swing last week for nothing. Shame on you people, who did this. The rope was pretty much new and bomber just when I was there in May. Oct 14, 2014
Countzen Shin
Santa Monica, CA
Countzen Shin   Santa Monica, CA
Beta for Alcove Swing:
As of few weeks before October 2014 it's been cut and shortened. :(

I heard some douches tried to get five people on it at once and core-shot the rope after slamming back into the slab part.



Oct 13, 2014
Eric T.
St. Augustine, Florida
Eric T.   St. Augustine, Florida
Rad, thanks for the beta Bryan! Apr 3, 2011
Bryan G
Yosemite
Bryan G   Yosemite
"When do these climbs typically dry out? I'm hoping to get on some the end of April..."

The El Cap base is climbable year-round. A handful of routes will get hit by seasonal runoff coming down from the rim, but most of the climbs dry out pretty quick. After a major rain storm it usually takes a couple days of sun. After a snow storm it can take a week or longer for things to get dry, depending on how much snow gets dumped. Watch out for falling chunks of ice and be aware there is an increased chance of major rockfall following any storm. But in general the El Cap base is one of the best cragging spots in the Valley proper during the fall, winter, and spring. Apr 2, 2011
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Greg, just click the "Add Route" button above. Aug 3, 2007
Greg Smith
Canon City, CO
Greg Smith   Canon City, CO
Can anyone tell me how to add a route on this page? One of my favorite climbs "The Mark of Art" branches off this climb right before the offwidth and continues straight up for another 70 ft. It is awesome!
Greg Aug 3, 2007

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