El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

The largest monolith of granite in the world, El Capitan, serves as one of the most popular rock climbing spots in Yosemite Valley. Located inside Yosemite National Park, the rock face extends some 900 m (3,000 ft) from base to summit. It can be seen from numerous popular spots in the park, including Tunnel View, the Bridalveil Fall area, and El Capitan Meadow. Rock climbing at El Capitan requires serious skill. The average visitor enjoys hiking around the rock or admiring it while taking a dip in the Merced River nearby. Keep an eye out, however, for serious climbers. Tourists often pull off near the rock and use binoculars to spot climbers on its granite face. A visit to El Capitan represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Yosemite National Park holiday maker tool to plot your vacation.
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  • Yes, this is apparently the biggest chunk of granite sticking up out of the earth. We stood and gazed at it for ages. Finally noticed dot-like climbers relatively close to the bottom. Hear it takes 3-...  more »
  • Vertical wall, for extreme sports lovers. It has a contrast between l to stone and the forest. Imagine they already climbed it without a rope!!!
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  • The iconic El Capitan (The Chief) stands tall and majestic making us the humans humble against the great nature. The granite rock is monolithic and so huge. Paradise for climbers giving them lot of challenges to mastery the art of climbing. The trail leading to the rock is beautiful. One can just stand and see this beauty for hours !
  • El Capitan is an impressive mountain inside Yosemite National Park. It’s very popular for climbing but also very dangerous as it’s very steep. Some people may guess where the name of an older Mac OS system came from....

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