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El Capitan

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

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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Bridgeport, Alabama
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Bridgeport, Alabama
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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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117 helpful votes 117 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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burlingame,Ca.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

Do not recommend walking up ruble to wall and frequent rockfall and climber's poopfall. Most walk out into the meadow and use lawn chairs and binocs to look for expert rock climbers.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We hiked to the base of El Capitan and our son climbed up 15 to 20 feet of the granite's base. Fun to say we've been there!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

you just cant imagine the scale of the rockface until you see it. when you are standing on the valley floor looking up to it, you need binocs to pick out the climbers. Altogether a must-see

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Very impressive. Walked on trails below it in the winter. Would love to return in the winter. We spent about an hour hiking below it.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Had the pleasure of visiting in the afternoon - the lighting was perfect for photography! Also was excited to see some cllimbers setting a new route up the southeast face!

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