|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Year first climbed:||1958|
|First successful climber(s):||Warren Harding, Wayne Merry, George Whitmore|
|Nearest major airport:||Oakland, California, Reno, Nevada|
|Convenient Center:||Yosemite National Park, California|
El Capitan is a 3000-foot vertical rock, a famous feature of the lower Yosemite Valley. The first ascent was an extensive 47-day aid climb, spread over seventeen months. During this time, the climbers engineered a route using three thousand feet of fixed rope, 675 pitons, and 125 expansion bolts. The average ascent today relies much more on free climbing, and takes only four days.