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El Capitan Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,901'
Location: 43.94141, -114.93488 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: WAGbag, Mike Engle, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Zach Wahrer on Jul 1, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: El Capitan from the approach.


This prominent feature begs to be climbed, but unfortunately it is very loose. The underlying rock is solid however, so it is climbable. Just beware of lots of lose blocks. The easiest route (and best descent) is via a 3rd class (maybe a move or two of 4th) scramble up into the bowl just to the east of the peak. From there, head west, making your way up a confusing system of ledges. The last bit to the summit is fairly steep and has a fair amount of loose blocks. Wear a helmet and be careful going up or down it.

Getting There 

From the Tin Cup Trailhead near Pettit Lake, hike southwest along the trail. You will cross Alice Lake Creek five times. After you cross using the man-made bridge, keep an eye out to your left (southish) for El Cap. Just before you cross the river again (and reach Alice Lake), begin bushwacking up the hillside towards the formation. A long scree field guards the base.

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Weather station 15.9 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: The first pitch of "Ping Ridge".

Ping Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Idaho : The Sawtooth Range : El Capitan
This climb has many large loose blocks on it and I'm adding it to MP mainly as a way to warn people who might decide to climbing. Based on all my research, it appears to be a first ascent, but if it has been climbed before, please let me know so I can update this description."Ping Ridge" climbs the large ridge that begins just right of the chimney that splits the main El Cap formation and the sub-tower to the northeast.P1 - Climb the narrow ridge that forms the right side of the la...[more]   Browse More Classics in Idaho

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