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El Capitan

on October 12, 2016

El Capitan History                                           

El Capitan is one of the amazing sights in Yosemite National Park.  El Capitan is a beautiful rock formation.  El Capitan is spanish for “The Captain”.  The formation was named El Capitan by the Mariposa Battalion when it explored the valley in 1851.  El Capitan was once considered impossible to climb.  But, it’s not.  El Capitan rises above the ground at over 3,000 feet!


Why Should You Visit El Capitan?                                                                                                                                 The summit of the El Capitan can be reached by walking out of Yosemite Valley on the path next to Yosemite Falls, then going west.  If you are going to climb it, the challenge is to climb up the granite face.  The Nose is one of the original climbing routes up El Capitan.  If you get to the top of El Capitan, you have a good chance of spotting some Peregrine Falcons.  But if you don’t want to climb it, you could still have a lovely picnic at the bottom.  El Capitan is completely amazing, beautiful, and awesome!  


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