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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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Asheville
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Well worth the trek over the boulders to stand at the base of the mountain. You could hear climbers talking to each other way over our heads. It's beautiful from a distance but dizzying when standing against it and looking up.

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New Jersey
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The light on the various mountains and cliff faces varies with the time of day. Bright sunshine on El Capitan in late-afternoon gives great photo opportunities. It is nature at its best, and very humbling.

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San Francisco, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
46 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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