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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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Stunning

It's just a rock, but wow what a rock! As the name says it stands like a sentinel overpowering the valley.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Hertfordshire, uk
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It's just a rock, but wow what a rock! As the name says it stands like a sentinel overpowering the valley.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Driving along the road, you get this amazing cliff face that is so flat and right up high it is so daunting yet dramatic and spectacular. So many photos of this park with so many different aspects that Mother Nature offers. This is nature at its best.

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

What an incredible sight, amazing to think that a place of such beauty exists. Very humbled by the magnitude of this place. Wonderful visit.

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Odense, Denmark
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258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

El Capitan is world famous for rock climbing, and there is lots of routes to climb. Take a hike to the rock and watch the climbers, and you will see how tall it is!

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

How did it get there? It is so tall and massive. A sight to behold. You must see it of course. It is simply stunning and so very majestic.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

In my opinion, El Capitan is best viewed from the Cathedral Beach area. As the sunlight moves across the face of this monolith, it changes the surface textures and colors. Stunning!

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GREEN BAY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Beautiful early May Day with abundant sunshine showed off the majesty of El Capitan. The Yosemite Valley roads have abundant pull over locations to take it all in. A couple of climbers had us all squinting and pointing. Part of many reasons this area is a must see.

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Portland, OR
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This massive monolith (towering 3,602 ft above the Valley) has challenged technical climbers for generations. El Capitan has been the focus of countless photographs over the years, and changing angles of light offer different perspectives of one of the Valley's most recognizable and popular landmarks.

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Marysville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Awesome to see. You see it from many areas of the valley. No one was climbing when we were there. Wish I could have seen someone up there.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The sheer size of the granite wall is unbelievable! What an iconic sight. El Capitan is a granite monolith roughly 3,000 feet high. It's vertical plunge is almost nauseating to look at from the ground, I couldn't imagine climbing it! You can get a wonderful view of this from Tunnel View, but the best views are up close. It's beautiful.

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