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El Capitan Base Routes
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Bluffer, The 
Captain Hook, Left 
Captain Hook, Right 
Delectable Pinnacle, Right  
El Cap Tree 
Footstool, Right, The 
Hardly Pinnacle 
Indubious Battle 
La Arista 
La Cosita, Left 
La Cosita, Right 
La Escuela 
Little John, Left 
Little John, Right 
Mark of Art 
Masquerade/Call Me Ishmael 
Moby Dick 
Moby Dick, Left 
Party Mix 
Peter Left 
Peter Pan 
Pine Line 
Pterodactyl Terrace, Left 
Pterodactyl Terrace, Right 
Reeds Leads 
Sacherer Cracker 
Salathe (pitch 1) 
Seedy Leads 
Short But Thin 
Slack ( center), The 
Slack, Left, The 
Sparkling Give-away 
West Buttress (pitch 1&2) 

The Bluffer 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Eric Kohl and Cade Loyd (1992)
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Submitted By: Bryan G on Apr 18, 2011
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This is a quality thin-face climb located on The Footstool. The Bluffer is a stimulating lead with multiple cruxes. Well protected near the ground, the bolt spacing becomes more exciting up higher. Not runout or unsafe, but not a sport climb. For the chicken-hearted (like myself), it can be top-roped after leading an easy 5th class traverse (pro: small cams) to the anchors.


The Footstool is located at the base of the Southeast Face, about 100 yards to the right of the Alcove. From the Nose, it's a 15-20 minute walk mostly uphill. Just keep following the base and you can't miss it. There are a handful of difficult, bolted routes on the outer face of The Footstool. The Bluffer is the furthest right of these.


6 bolts, 2 bolt anchor/rap

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