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El Capitan

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Get a spot in a meadow across from it and pick out the specks of climbers. Bring a picnic and a good lens for your camera. A beautiful spot in the park!

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93 reviews 93 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I'm 50 years old and have traveled quite a bit. This has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been too! I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit this majestic place!!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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312 reviews 312 reviews
141 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This was a scary climb - or so a Yosemite Valley Tour Tram driver told me (he told me he climbed it a few times). El Capitan is a 3,000 foot vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park. It is the largest monolith of granite in the world and is located on the north side of Yosemite Valley near its... More

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Nothing negative to say...something you have to see to believe. Just beautiful. It's hard to imagine that anyone could climb it.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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69 reviews 69 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This was one of the most exciting experience ever. Worth the whole trip to stand at the base and look upwards

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Orlando, Florida
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

El Capitan is one of those places that the pictures capture it, but you when you actually see it for the first time it takes your breath away. The fact that some people climb up the face of El Capitan is unbelievable and truly an accomplishment. Don't just read about Yosemite National Park and its famous rocks - El Capitan... More

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London, Canada
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130 reviews 130 reviews
85 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This rock formation is huge and majestic! You can see it from just about any lookout in the Yosemite. Tragically there was a death on El Capitan the day we visited. We heard all the commotion but it took us nearly an hour to see where the rescue and recovery was taking place- Yeah- the rock is that big! WOW!

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I am not a rock climber but would love to be able get up there and look at the valley below. Even better, spend the night up on the rock. Truly amazing!

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
21 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This iconic granite 'rock' is breathtaking. There are many great places to view it within the Park. The visitors centre in the Village will be able to provide you ideas of where/when to photograph it.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

This was my first trip to the USA, we were on a months tour which, included Yosemite Park. I travelled with my girlfriend and Yosemite certainly was a highlight of the trip and El Capitan is certainly an awesome peak, the whole park is absolutely breath taking and well worth a visit. At the centre is El Capitan rising up... More

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