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El Capitan, California


Prominence: 9 ft, 3 m

Elevation: 7569 feet, 2307 meters


Approx. Isolation: 1.5 mi, 2.41 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 7573 ft / 2308 m
Peak TypeFamous Peak, but not High Point
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)37° 44' 3'' N; 119° 38' 16'' W
37.734207, -119.637651 (Dec Deg)
267567E 4179601N Zone 11 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceCalifornia
County/Second Level RegionMariposa
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Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Voices from the Mountains (Venables)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2014-04-20 by Kerry Breen
     2014-09-01 by Michael Brodka

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"El Cap" is, simply put, the premiere big wall in the world. Sure, there are bigger faces or more challenge in Baffin Island, Patagonia, or other far-off places, but no other mountain face on the planet combines clean granite, generally good weather, easy accessibility, and enormous vertical like the monarch of Yosemite Valley. Big-wall aid climbing was born here, and today El Cap remains the center and main training gound for that subset of mountaineering.

However, for the peakbagger, El Cap is not even really a peak. Once on top of the cliffs, there is a very low-prominence bump and a forested ridge that leads up to the real mountains of the high Sierra. An easy hiking trail leads to the "summit" from the north, allowing almost anyone to easily claim that they "climbed" El Cap.

So El Capitan is perhaps the peak that most separates the peakbaggers from the traditional rock climbers. Peaks with real prominence like Half Dome or Mount Whitney or Mount Everest interest both types of mountaineers, even if they gravitate to different routes on the same peak. But the lack of a real summit for El Capitan leaves the "peak" entirely to the rock jocks who "routebag" thier way up the Nose and other faces of what is really a huge cliff.


The world's premier "big wall" dominates the lower Yosemite Valley.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 9 ft/3 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 49 ft/15 m
  Key Col: 7560 ft/2304 m
Isolation1.5 mi/2.41 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Eagle Peak  (ENE)
Not verified: May be a major NHN that is not in the database.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Sierra Nevada
Range4: Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada
Range5: Central Yosemite Sierra
Range6: Yosemite Valley
Drainage BasinsSan Joaquin
San Francisco Bay
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Yosemite National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Yosemite Wilderness Area
Topo MapEl Capitan O37119f6 1:24,000
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