El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

The largest monolith of granite in the world, El Capitan, serves as one of the most popular rock climbing spots in Yosemite Valley. Located inside Yosemite National Park, the rock face extends some 900 m (3,000 ft) from base to summit. It can be seen from numerous popular spots in the park, including Tunnel View, the Bridalveil Fall area, and El Capitan Meadow. Rock climbing at El Capitan requires serious skill. The average visitor enjoys hiking around the rock or admiring it while taking a dip in the Merced River nearby. Keep an eye out, however, for serious climbers. Tourists often pull off near the rock and use binoculars to spot climbers on its granite face. A visit to El Capitan represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Yosemite National Park holiday maker tool to plot your vacation.
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  • It was very stimulating to see God's creation. You need several days to enjoy "something" of the Park.
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  • El Cap is the mecca for climbers from all around the world. Its an amazing wall of rock that has to be seen and if you investigate its sheer walls more carefully you will find tiny little silhouettes ...  more »
  • Bus tour guide's description included the physical size of the cliff, which is unbelievable unless you are standing so far from it and still having to strain to see the top. He pointed out several gro...  more »
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  • One of the most majestic formation around Yosemite Valley. From the valley you can spot the brave people climbing this rock. It is amazing to watch how clouds are falling over the tip when entering the valley.
  • This is a cool and intriguing rock that is cool for the first 5 minutes but then it gets a little old. Good thing to visit though.
  • Yes, always a wonderful place to visit!
  • Did the first four pitches of the Nose. Polished highway at this point, rapped off, not worth even the 10-minute approach. I suggest Greenland if you want some decent Grade VI granite.
  • Majestic place! Enjoy every minute of it!
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