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El Capitan  


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Location: 37.732, -119.6376 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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...

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.1 miles from here

24 Total Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',5],['5.9',10],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for El Capitan:
Zodiac   C3+     Aid, 16 pitches, 1800'   
Zenyatta Mondatta   A3+     Aid, 16 pitches, 1800'   
Lurking Fear   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C2     Trad, Aid, 19 pitches, 2000'   
North America Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C3     Aid, 28 pitches, 2400'   
The Shield   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3 PG13     Trad, Aid, 30 pitches, 2900'   
Triple Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1-     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3200'   
Salathe Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 35 pitches, 3500'   
The Nose   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 31 pitches, 3000'   
Tangerine Trip   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3+     Aid, 18 pitches, 2500'   
Mescalito   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a A3     Trad, Aid, 26 pitches, 2800'   
East Buttress   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 9 pitches, 1200'   
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'   
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Featured Route For El Capitan
the Wing. A3+

Native Son 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A3+  CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : El Capitan
Excellent route. Sustained A3, it adds up towards the end. In terms of danger, the crux is p4, the Coral Sea. It's best to link this with p3 for a 190' pitch. Other cruxes are the Wing, which steep, and Golden Nipple, a slabby pitch at the end.Mega classic nailing on several pitches. Feels fresh. I don't think there is more holes on the hard pitches than there were on the FA(?) At least for the Coral Sea this is obvious from the original topo.Every pitch stands out in some way.The only ledge is ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of El Capitan Slideshow Add Photo
West face of El Cap, Half Dome creeping in the background.
West face of El Cap, Half Dome creeping in the bac...
El Cap at night.  Photo by Yaman Ozakin
El Cap at night. Photo by Yaman Ozakin
A climber and the Salathe Headwall
A climber and the Salathe Headwall
The porch swing on El cap
The porch swing on El cap
The stellar crux pitch of The Prophet <br />Photo Cody Sims
The stellar crux pitch of The Prophet
Photo Cody S...
Dale Bard 5 rurp belay.
Dale Bard 5 rurp belay.
EL Cap, Winter. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
EL Cap, Winter.
Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of lizards. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Beware of lizards.
Photo by Blitzo.
Well hello there.
Well hello there.
The first foot of 3000
The first foot of 3000
The captain from the meadow
The captain from the meadow
Nice summit shot from the top of El Cap, showing Juli's freshly amputated pinky finger.
Nice summit shot from the top of El Cap, showing J...
water pours down the east side of El Cap
water pours down the east side of El Cap
El Cap from Taft Point across the valley.  September 09.
El Cap from Taft Point across the valley. Septemb...
Early October morning moon and El Cap.
Early October morning moon and El Cap.
Early Morning Light. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Early Morning Light.
Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap reflection. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap reflection.
Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers and hiker at El Cap. I'm not sure what the climbers are doing. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers and hiker at El Cap. I'm not sure what th...
El Cap in winter
El Cap in winter
El Cap, Merced River. April 2004.
El Cap, Merced River. April 2004.
The Mighty Captain
The Mighty Captain
El Cap from the valley, Sept 09.
El Cap from the valley, Sept 09.
El Capitan Beer. 1960s. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
El Capitan Beer. 1960s.
Photo by Blitzo.
El Cap basking in the sunshine!
El Cap basking in the sunshine!

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By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Jun 22, 2006
I can't seem to find this rock...
By jeff newsom
Oct 12, 2008
Scotty---
If you're coming in from the west it's on your left.It's kinda greyish...............