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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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The challenge with El Capitan is under which weather conditions and at what time of day you want to photograph. Will you go for contrast? Will you go for texture? You can spend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Pensacola, Florida
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Pensacola, Florida
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231 reviews 231 reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The challenge with El Capitan is under which weather conditions and at what time of day you want to photograph. Will you go for contrast? Will you go for texture? You can spend days trying to capture the majesty of El Capitan.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I'm too old and unfit to climb a mountain but I was fascinated to watch those who are willing to test themselves on this rock face. You can just about see the colourful dots moving slowly on the rock and see where they leave their overnight equipment.

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Pleasanton, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The view before the tunnel right at sunset is the greatest thing you will every see. Truly a god moment. The other great view is when you first come driving down to the valley floor from the 120 highway. Breathtaking.

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

the magnanimity of this monolith is beyond belief. on a lucky day you might find climbers on el capitan trying to conquer this majestic rock

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Incline Village, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great to see from far away and up close. We've seen mountain climbers almost every time we've visited which is a great experience. Also saw it during the full moon at night and it lights up like a painting!

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Bridgeport, Alabama
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

What can you say about El Capitan that hasn't already been said?!? I really can't describe the beauty of this chunk of granite but to say you MUST see it in person before you die! Pictures do not do it justice.

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Merced, California
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You can see El Cap from so many viewpoints in the valley, as well from the high country. One of the nicest ways to view the monolith is when the sun is setting and the rock changes colors. You can park near it right alongside the road. You can also walk right up to it's "nose" at the base. It's... More 

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

As we were driving through Yosemite we came across El Capitan. I am not big into rock climbing but, there where some couple people doing it.

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Columbus, Ohio
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We saw this shortly after the two men scaled it and that made it even more awesome. El Capitan's size is over whelming and to think they climbed it was unfathomable

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San Francisco, California
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131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Truly understand now how it got it's name. The big one, the lead the one that sets the pace for the rest. Awesome rock!

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