Type: Trad, 70 ft
FA: Jeff Schaffer, Greg Schaffer, 1966
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Shared By: Sketchy Sam on Jul 13, 2006
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Access Issue: Yosemite National Park climbing closures and conditions Details


Begin on a huge platform directly beneath the Nose. Excellent thin 5.7 fingercrack to a ledge with a belay tree and magnificent view. A wonderful Yosemite first lead. Descent: Rappel from tree (recommended) or scramble down right side.


Base of El Capitan, directly beneath the Nose.


Mostly small gear .3-.75" with an occasional 1-2" piece. Can be easily lead on all passive.


Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
From the tree atop Pine Line, a series of fun face climbs can be top-roped. All climbs are right of Pine Line (5.10-5.11). See Photo. See SuperTopos for more detail. Jul 23, 2006
Jordan K
Jordan K   Ohio
Great warm up route and easy to protect with sweeping views of the valley (and the 3000 ft of rock above adds something too!)
To get there, take the trail to the base of The Nose and walk right (facing the cliff) a few feet, looking for a large ledge.
The belay tree is a ways back from the edge, so you may want to bring some slings to extend the anchor past the bushes. Oct 6, 2006
Josh Hibbard
Los Angeles Area, CA
Josh Hibbard   Los Angeles Area, CA
Awesome view and fun climb (speaking of the first pitch, not the el Cap route). A bit slippery in spots, but easy to protect. Small pro... Mar 26, 2007
Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes  
I've led it a couple of times, thought it was a bit stiff for 5.7. Aug 2, 2010
Adam Voss
Bend, OR
Adam Voss   Bend, OR
Superb route with even better views. It eats passive pro for breakfast, lunch, and dinner...Definitely will want long slings to TR. Lives up to the 5.7 grade for the Valley Nov 21, 2010
Dave Alden
Sacramento, CA
  5.7 PG13
Dave Alden   Sacramento, CA
  5.7 PG13
A classic crack climb right at the base of the Nose, fantastic! Feb 28, 2011
Simon H
Oakland, CA
Simon H   Oakland, CA
Found 5 older mixed Quickdraws hanging from a branch at the base of this route, describe them accurately in a PM and I'll mail them to you.

-Simon May 22, 2011
Jason Albino
San Francisco, CA
Jason Albino   San Francisco, CA
I found the SuperTopo approach beta for this to be confusing. If you are intimately familiar with El Cap, its features, and where exactly the unmarked "El Cap Meadow" is, you'll be fine.

If not, you may find the parking location unclear, and the parking is definitely NOT at the highway sign described in the SuperTopo book. I'd call it about halfway between Manure Pile and the highway junction when you're driving away from the Valley. After parking, head towards the point on El Cap where the buttress juts away from the formation the most. The approach trail will go slightly left around this point, and you can then turn back around right at the rockface and climb up to the great ledge that accesses this climb. Apr 24, 2012
Boriss   Sacramento
Lead Pine Line today and really loved it. Placed a BD #0.5 camalot in the crack at the start and then climbed the rest on stoppers. Near the top I added a BD #1 Camalot but it isnt really necessary since its a short scramble to the ledge. The tree had like 5 slings and 2 rings that you can rappel off of. May 31, 2014
Chris Walden
Soldotna, Alaska
Chris Walden   Soldotna, Alaska
Great warmup for other nearby Base Routes. There are a few tricky moves so I wouldn't throw a new leader on it. There is a massive tree with new webbing threaded through two of the largest quick links I have ever seen to setup your TR's or rap off. If you are setting up a TR bring a cordelette/long slings and extend the anchor to the edge as the tree is ~20 feet back. Mar 24, 2017
Berkeley, CA
rafael   Berkeley, CA
3 stars for view, 1 star for climbing and length. avg = 2 stars. Basically climbing pin scars up granite polished by 60 years of climbers.
Protects fine, not PG 13, just dont skip a place to stuf gear and you'll be fine. Skip a spot and you might be looking at a 10 footer, nothing dangerous Sep 17, 2018