El Capitan

Elevation (feet): 7,569
Elevation (meters): 2,307
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sierra Nevada
State: California
Latitude: 37.7342
Longitude: -119.637
Difficulty: Walk up
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.