El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

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    El Cap close up and personal

    by zrim Written Oct 30, 2003

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    El Cap looking a liitle blue in the morning light

    El Capitan (El Cap to close friends) ascends three thousand feet straight up from Yosemite Valley. It is the second highest unbroken cliff in the world (the highest is Mt. Thor on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic and it is highly unlikely that any of us will find ourselves face to face with Mt. Thor). If you were standing atop El Capitan and had the misfortune to fall off, you would have fifteen seconds to think about your misfortune before reaching impact.

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    El Capitan as seen from Taft Point

    by zrim Updated Oct 26, 2003

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    Taft Point probably provides the best vantage point to view El Capitan from above. I had seen several photos of this massive block of granite before visiting Yosemite and I mostly yawned. But I must say that El Capitan is most impressive when viewed in person. It is especially impressive when viwed from the valley floor, but we will get to that later.

    Check out the photo and see how small and insignificant the Merced River looks next to mighty El Capitan.

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    The granite walls of Yosemite valley

    by jessicadf Updated Jun 9, 2003

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    Looking towards El Capitain (I believe) through some gorgeous pines, at a meadow towards the entrance to the valley. One of the first scenes you see as you hit the valley floor. Simply awesome and gorgeous.

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    El Capitan

    by Ischyros Written Sep 10, 2002

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    El Capitan is the largest single granite monolith in the world towers over 3000 feet above the valley floor. It is very popular with rock climbers and numberous people gather in the meadow beneath it to watch. At night watch for small balls of light along it's sheer face where climbers are resting in slings dangling from the side of the cliff.

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    by keehotee Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Unless you are a world-class rock climber, you won't be able to ascend El Capitan Instead, to see the view from atop, you can take the Upper Yosemite Falls trail around to the upper face of El Capitan.

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    El Capitan in April 2011

    by atufft Written Apr 26, 2011

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    El Capitan in April 2011
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    The color of the wet rock in April was particularly stunning. On the day we visited, there were no climbers on the rock that we could see using our binoculars.

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    El Capitan

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 30, 2010

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    Nothing in Yosemite is more iconic than El Capitan, the open exposed rock face mountain which is also a favorite with Climbers.

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    Tour the Valley Floor

    by johncudw Written Nov 16, 2006

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    View from July 1979

    Towering cliffs of El Capitan from below
    from grassy area near the Merced River
    Best seen off season, gets busy
    during midsummer

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    El Capitan

    by spgood301 Written Feb 14, 2005

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    El Capitan is another of Yosemite's signature mountains. I just like saying the name: El Capitan! It screams majestic. You better pay attention to El Capitan!

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    El Capitan

    by Easty Written Jun 23, 2003

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    After Bridal Veil Falls, we went back onto El Portal Road (CA Route 140) and saw one of Yosemite's most popular sites El Capitan. El Capitan is certainly an awesome site.

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    El Capitan

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This massive monolith is the largest single granite rock on earth, rising nearly 4,000 feet from base to summit.

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    'El Capitan' the massive monolith

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This massive monolith is the largest single granite rock on earth, rising nearly 4,000 feet from base to summit.

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