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The Captain. How can you properly describe 3000 feet of beautiful granite loaded with awesome routes? El Cap is probably the most recognized chunk of rock in the world to rock climbers. Climbers come from across the globe to challenge themselves on the 3000 foot walls of El Capitan. It's an awe-inspiring thing that first time you go to the Valley and stand at the base of El Cap, looking up. So much rock, so little time...
Note: When climbing El Cap, parties should come prepared for harsh weather with little notice. Rescues and even deaths have occurred over the years due to unprepared climbers that were hit by unexpected storms.
El Capitan is found on the north side of the Valley, just east of where highway 120 meets highway 140 coming in from El Portal. Can't miss it...
Weather station 3.1 miles from here
29 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',19],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in El Capitan
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for El Capitan:
C3 Aid, 16 pitches, 1800'
Lurking Fear 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
C2 Trad, Aid, 19 pitches, 2000'
Virginia 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A3 Aid, 7 pitches, 700'
The Shield 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A3 PG13 Trad, Aid, 30 pitches, 2900'
New Dawn 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A3 Trad, Aid, 25 pitches, 2500'
Triple Direct 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
C2- Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3200'
The Nose 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
C2 Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'
Salathe Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
C2 Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'
Mescalito 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
A3 Trad, Aid, 26 pitches, 2800'
Muir Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
A2 Trad, Aid, 33 pitches, 2900'
West Face 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 20 pitches, 1800'
Freerider 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
PG13 Trad, 3300'
Featured Route For El Capitan
West Face 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA
: Yosemite National Park
: ... : El Capitan
My Memory is a bit sketchy on some of the pitches....feel free to offer corrections....P1 11b slabby, bolt protected face crux starting off of a platform. P2 11b Thin, left arching crack undercling/layback. Lots of fixed gearP3 10a Slightly flaring thin corner, P4 Big Traverse.P5 10a Cool 10a arete/bulge move following by incredible 5.8 climbing, on atypically Yosemite sculpted jugs which turn out to be the trademark of the climb. Pay attention here, easy to get on the wrong crack.Link Pitche...[more] Browse More Classics in CA