El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

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    El Capitan

    by aukahkay Written Feb 22, 2006

    Yosemite National Park's other famed peak besides Half Dome, which rises about 3,600 feet, is another one that is awe inspiring. Its sheer vertical rockwall is a favorite of climbers, who can be seen on summer afternoons, inching their way to the summit. Be warned that El Capitan is not for the novice climber.

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    The giant monolith - El Capitan

    by annk Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    This huge granite rock stands 3,593 feet and is claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world. When first approaching the Yosemite Valley one will see giant walls of rock on either side with several waterfalls plunging to the valley. The rock walls and valley were carved by glaciers 15,000 years ago.

    El Capitan attracts rock climbers from around the world and can take up to a week to scale. It's common to see visitors parked on the side of the road sitting in the meadows and looking up with binoculars.

    A mountaineering school is located in Curry Village.

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    Tu-tok-a-nu-la (El Capitan)

    by rickyvilla81 Written Feb 2, 2005

    Specblimmingtacular! I'm from the south-east of England. We don't get stuff like this! If I was inclined to be a rock-climber, I ... no I still wouldn't climb it. Look a it!! You're having a laugh! I can't climb out of bed some days, let alone up that!
    Mucho respect to them that do.

    Picture to follow...

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    Look up, straight up!

    by travelgirl3 Updated Nov 30, 2004

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    Rising almost 3,000' straight up from the valley floor, El Capitan is the largest granite monolith in the world.

    It is one of the most famous rock-climbing spots in the US. On any given day, you will probably see several trying to make their way to the top, but be fore-warned, it's not for beginners.

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    This is my dream.

    by IceBear7 Written Nov 1, 2004

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    One day, I'll be climbing El Capitan!

    I spent a lot of time just staring through my binoculars, watching the climbers (I counted 16 at one stage) moving up centimeter by centimeter.

    Climbing is one of my favorite things in life, and one day I'll be climbing El Capitan, the most beautiful mountain in Yosemite!

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    Free Climbing

    by shivan Written Sep 20, 2004

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    While returning from the river, or what that was, I saw some people discussing and watching the mountain with a binocular.
    I used my zoom to find what they were looking at, and finally saw some free climbers attached (I hope for them) at El Capitan's wall.
    I finally had an idea on how big that mountain was, the freeclimbers appeared as flies on a wall.

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    El Capitan

    by shivan Written Sep 20, 2004

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    This is the most famous piece of rock in the Yosemite National Park. Well visible from the road entering the park from the west, it is an incredible structure raising from the bottom of the Yosemite valley.
    It is about 1000 metres tall, and appears as a single granite monolith.
    Really a stunning view.

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    El Capitan

    by Carmela71 Written Sep 14, 2004

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    When you stop to walk to the base of the Bridaveil falls, take a look to El Capitan. It is very famous for climbers (It was one of the reasons we wanted to go there, as Stacy wanted to see it in real!)

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    El Capitan

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 8, 2004

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    Its hard to beat the sight of Half Dome rising in vertical splendor from Yosemite Valley. But the park's other famed peak, which rises about 3,600 feet (1097 m), is another one that will make you pull your car over and stare in awe. The Captain's sheer vertical rockwall is a favorite of climbers, who can be seen on summer afternoons, inching their way to the summit.

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    El Capitan under moonlight

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    See my main "Moonlit Yosemite" tip for more information - this is a classic picture from Tunnel View, the only difference from the normal pictures is that I took this at night and luckily for me the 15 second exposure worked!

    If you like this picture - please let me know!!

    If you're flexible about when you're visiting Yosemite I would recommend checking out a calendar which tells you the phases of the moon!

    Amazing sight
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    Can You Believe People Climb This?

    by jag17 Written Jun 11, 2004

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    Standing at 7,569 feet (3,000 feet of vertical granite), El Capitan is absolutely breathtaking. If you look carefully, you will often see specks (people) attempting to climb to the top. I was happy to snap a few pics and view it from the ground.

    The legend of El Capitan is that it was created during the time of the animal people. As two bear cubs slept on a large flat rock near the river, the rock grew until the bears scratched their faces against the moon. The mother bear called on all the animals to rescue her babies, but none succeeded until the lowly inchworm crawled slowly to the top and led the cubs to safety.

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    El Capitan

    by acemj Updated Jun 9, 2004

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    The largest granite monolith on earth rises over 3000 feet above the Valley floor. You'll get the best views from either El Capitan Meadows (see my intro picture) or from Bridalview Falls across the road and to the west. It's also one of the best places to see experienced rock climbers scaling the rock. Incredible!

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    El Capitan

    by JanPeter74 Written Apr 21, 2004

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    El Capitan is, together with Half Dome, one of the most important monoliths in the park, maybe even in the world.

    You can find El Capitan halfway Yosemite Valley. But it is so big, you can't miss it.

    El Capitan in the early morning
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    El Capitan

    by Andraf Updated Feb 8, 2004

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    We were wandering through the park trying to return to Yosemite Village when we came upon the stunning site which you can see in the picture. I realized that we were looking at "El Capitan" and I have to say that there is no better name for it. The granite wall measures around 1350m (4000ft) from base to summit and is impressively vertical with a surface that looks like it was polished. I saw two rock-climbers making their way to the top (and really admired them).

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    El Capitan in morning mist

    by mht_in_la Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    When entering Yosemite Valley from the west, you will soon come face to face with El Capitan. This granite rock, at 7,569 ft, is like a giant guarding the gate to the holy Yosemite Valley. The photo was taken from the Bridalveil Fall parking lot in an early spring morning, before El Capitan had a chance to shake off the mysterious mist. El Capitan is also popular with the rock climbers. Usually you'll find a small crowd gathering on Valley floor in front of El Capitan watching.

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