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El Capitan

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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San Francisco, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

El Capitan is such a grand site. It's nice to relax on Cathedral Beach and look at El Capitan looming over you.

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Stony Brook, Long Island, New York
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

As you drive in, your first view of El Cap will make you pause at its immensity. A beautiful piece of granite, but you really get a sense of its size when you watch one of the many rock climbers make an ascent. Man looks so small against this marvel of nature.

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Canton, Ohio
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I never got tired of seeing El Capitan. My first view was at sunset from Tunnel View. Amazing watching climbers on the rock faces of El Capitan. Hope to return and see it again!

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Hyderabad
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Besides Half Dome, El Capitan is probably the biggest and tallest granite rock in the world. It rises about 3000 feet above the Yosemite floor which itself is on an elevation of 3000 feet above the sea level. People from far and near come to climb this rock which is known to be almost vertical and offers a great challenge... More

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West Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We love to sit and watch the climbers scale the side of El Capitan and watch them train at the base. The climbers look like tiny ants climbing a huge wall.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I gather one of the mountaineers wish list climbs. Magnificent position and able to use the zoom lens on my camera to clearly pick out the climbers. Better them than me.

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Wabash, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We looked through telescopes set in place by the NPS to observe climbers on El Capitan. It is the world's largest granite monolith.

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Beloit, Wisconsin
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

To even get this giant in a single photo is impossible unless you get it from the tunnel view or somewhere else. It is massive and impressive. We took binoculars to look for any climbers and didn't see any until afternoon. When it was starting to get dark we were leaving the park and saw a climber getting set for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

As we drove into the valley for the very first time, I literally let out a gasp when the massive El Cap came into view. For those of you fortunate enough like us to live in Wyoming, you know the exact same feeling each and every time the Grand Teton comes into view when you crest Togwotee Pass. No pictures... More

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portsmouth england
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

As we drove passed El Capitan the Park Ranger told us to peer up the side of the Mountain and see if we could spot any climbers, eventually we did, they were so hard to spot as they looked like ants, the sun was bouncing off of there metal equiptment and that gave them away ! It can take anything... More

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