El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California

Ed Moore

Mission Viejo, United States

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“El Capitan” is the name given to this 3,000-foot (910 m) vertical rock formation (between the two tall trees at center right) in Yosemite National Park. This vertical granite formation, carved by glaciers, is on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is one of the world’s favorite challenges for rock climbers.

The formation was named “El Capitan” by the Mariposa Battalion when it explored the valley in 1851. El Capitan (“the captain,” “the chief”) was taken to be a loose Spanish translation of the local Native American name for the cliff. The local American Indians called it “Too-Tock-Awn-oo-Lah.”

The top of El Capitan can be reached by climbing straight up, or by hiking out of Yosemite Valley on the trail next to Yosemite Falls, then proceeding west. Either way, the going is tough.

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