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: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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.

40 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
 385
Pine Line
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 180
La Cosita, Left
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 153
Little John, Right
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 95
Little John, Left
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 218
La Cosita, Right
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 403
Moby Dick
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 242
Sacherer Cracker
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
West Buttress (pitch 1&2)
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 70
Ahab
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 198
Salathe (pitch 1)
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 24
Hardly Pinnacle
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 31
Mark of Art
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 43
Short But Thin
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 25
La Escuela
Trad 3 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c PG13
 3
TRON
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pine Line Southwest Base
 385
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
La Cosita, Left Southwest Base
 180
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Little John, Right Southwest Base
 153
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Little John, Left Southwest Base
 95
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
La Cosita, Right Southwest Base
 218
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Moby Dick Southwest Base
 403
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sacherer Cracker Southwest Base
 242
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
West Buttress (pitch 1&2) Southwest Base
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Ahab Southwest Base
 70
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Salathe (pitch 1) Southwest Base
 198
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Hardly Pinnacle Southwest Base
 24
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Mark of Art Southwest Base
 31
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Short But Thin Southwest Base
 43
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
La Escuela Southwest Base
 25
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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