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.
|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|
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 22 trip reports for El Capitan.
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- Log #1912 - by Scott Ghiz on Oct 14, 2004We probably did one of the most aided ascents of the Nose ever and Lynn Hill came up and did a one-day free ascent of the same route, finishing the same day we did. Weird. Trip report:...
- Log #1913 - by Minoru Otsuki on Jan 29, 2004It's so great to climb the El Cap.
- Log #1914 - by
orian price on Dec 09, 2003ran from the vally to the top. i like looking over the edge of cliff the down to the valley. my momma was the first person to hang glide off el capitan.
- Log #1915 - by Ricardo Lagos on Oct 07, 2003Soloed Zodiac in 7 days (after fixing to 3). This was my first big wall, and my first solo. 1 of a handful of people to have done that (about 5 or 6). It brought my first season of climbing to a...
- Log #1916 - by "Pass the Pitons" P Zabrok on Oct 06, 2003Spring 2003 - Tom Kasper and I climbed Bermuda Dunes [VI,PDH] and then I soloed Lost In America [VI, NTB]. It was my seventh solo of El Cap and my twenty-third route. Click my profile link, and...
- Log #1917 - by Nate Fry on Aug 28, 2003Our first idea was to climb Lurking Fear. But we were not fast enough so it would have meant carrying tons of water up the face. That September was really hot indeed, averaging 42ºC. We went for the...
- Log #1918 - by klopas75 on June 02, 2003I went to the peak in 2002 and built a rock stucture that has a point that sticks up 3 ft and has rays going out in all directions about five feet creating a sun
- Log #1919 - by Ron Amick on Apr 19, 2003The Nose Route w/ Michael Paul Super epic topping out when an old bolt on the summit overhang broke as I seconded the oitch in the dark (the batteries for our only headlamp had expired). I took a...
- Log #1920 - by Kevin Mcdonald on Nov 16, 2002Climb of a lifetime!
- Log #1921 - by jim fisher on Nov 13, 2001Lurking fear. this route goes all clean. bring alien hybrids, leaper cams and hooks.
- Log #1922 - by Wade Griffith on Apr 09, 2001I have summitted El Cap 7 times by different routes. The last time was by a route known as Zenyatta Mondatta. This route took us 5 days to complete and took alot of tricky aid climbing. It was a...
- Log #1924 - by Craig Peer on Feb 22, 2001El Cap is one of the best big wall / climbing experiences of my life! Don't forget the stereo and the beer!
- Log #1925 - by Matthew Goforth on Feb 10, 2001Kevin and I did Mescalito, my first El Cap route. I'm even stopping out of school during the spring of 2001, to go live in the valley and plan on many more and more difficult ascents of the Captain....
- Log #1926 - by Brian McLaughlin on Aug 22, 2000Did the Triple Direct with only one storm. Bivied at Mammoth, a good ledge 1 pitch before Camp Four, and at Camp 6.
- Log #1927 - by Jacques Lepesant on Apr 21, 2000El Capitan? simply the best!!!! we'll be back soon !
- Log #1928 - by Louis Bottoms on Apr 01, 2000Four-hour hike UP, Two-Minute Parachute Ride Down! Thrill of a lifetime!
- Log #1929 - by kevin merritt on Feb 02, 2000el capitan is a wonderful place to learn how big walls are done. i hope to do as many routes on it as i can. plan to do south seas and native son.
- Log #1931 - by Terry Ward on Dec 27, 1998The only claim on El Capitan I have is I was once friends with Warren Harding who was the first to scale it...
- Log #1932 - by David Hanna on Dec 20, 1998Wet but fantastic
- Log #1933 - by Duane Rorie on Dec 14, 1998I worked at the Medical Clinic in the park and my nursing supervisor, Sarah Waddell and I did the Zodiac in about 4 leisurely days in some serious heat. Enjoyed playing flashlight tag with the...
- Log #1934 - by Mike Tsutsui on Dec 11, 1998Best of three worlds.
- Log #1935 - by Ben Folsom on Oct 22, 1998Lurking fear in a day, Lurking fear solo 3 days, Salathe wall in 26 hours, Magic Mushroom 6 days, Nose in 17 hours, Space in 9 days, Iron Hawk in 5 days, Tangerine Trip in 4 days. Great Cliff, always...