El Capitan

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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.

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

Trip Reports

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, 2004
    We 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, 2004
    It's so great to climb the El Cap.
  • Log #1914 - by orian price on Dec 09, 2003
    ran 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, 2003
    Soloed 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, 2003
    Spring 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, 2003
    Our 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 42ÂșC. We went for the...
  • Log #1918 - by klopas75 on June 02, 2003
    I 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, 2003
    The 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, 2002
    Climb of a lifetime!
  • Log #1921 - by jim fisher on Nov 13, 2001
    Lurking fear. this route goes all clean. bring alien hybrids, leaper cams and hooks.
  • Log #1922 - by Wade Griffith on Apr 09, 2001
    I 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, 2001
    El 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, 2001
    Kevin 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, 2000
    Did 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, 2000
    El Capitan? simply the best!!!! we'll be back soon !
  • Log #1928 - by Louis Bottoms on Apr 01, 2000
    Four-hour hike UP, Two-Minute Parachute Ride Down! Thrill of a lifetime!
  • Log #1929 - by kevin merritt on Feb 02, 2000
    el 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, 1998
    The 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, 1998
    Wet but fantastic
  • Log #1933 - by Duane Rorie on Dec 14, 1998
    I 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, 1998
    Best of three worlds.
  • Log #1935 - by Ben Folsom on Oct 22, 1998
    Lurking 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...