Type: Aid, 2400 ft (727 m), 28 pitches, Grade VI
FA: Robbins, Pratt, Chouinard, Frost
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Shared By: Ryan Huetter on Nov 28, 2008
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Salamanizer Ski

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An old school classic, the NA Wall was the first route to be climbed on the Southeast Face of El Cap, and skirts the large diorite blob resembling North America. This also means that it follows a rather wandering line up through the black diorite. There is loose rock, sketchy free climbing, and some funky aid, but all in all, this is a great line which visits some amazing places on the wall. Big Sur Ledge, Cyclops Eye, and the Igloo are all good bivies. Be prepared for many penjis and lower-outs, and have your free climbing hat on for many pitches. It's a bit heady in spots.


Southeast face of El Cap. Walk up from the Nose, past the Alcove, route starts from flat grassy area out of the trees.


2-3 baby sawed off angles for handplacing
a few peckers
hooks, bring big hook
alien offsets
cams to 5"
Extra lower out line (minimum 150ft.)