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“What a surprise!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Capitan

El Capitan
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Snowshoeing Adventure to Badger Pass and Dewey Point
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Owner description: Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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“What a surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014

So many people had told me about El Capitan but I could not imagine what would be so terrific about a "big rock".
My friend said many people had tried to climb it and gotten stuck midway, so many people that now if one chooses to climb it and gets stuck--they are charged the cost for the inevitable rescue.
I went, I saw and now I say: El Capitan stands strong and majestic on the horizon, It is easily recognizable and a joy to behold!
Definitely a must see in Yosemite.

Visited May 2014
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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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“Beautiful Rock Formation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

The day we were there we could see two climbers about half way up El Capitan. You must have a good pair of binoculars. It was thrilling to see.

Visited May 2014
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Tracy, California
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“El Capitan climbers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

I often wonder how do these people scale this rock and some spend the night way up their . If you wish to watch these folks , pitch your chair and have a pair of binoculars . It's amazing .

Visited May 2014
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Tuolumne City, California, United States
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“WOW”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

this is a definite stop if you drive thru the park, the views are truly amazing and breath taking, make sure you bring a camera because you dont want to forget these views

Visited April 2014
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Sunnyvale, CA
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“8 tips for enjoying El Capitan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

1. As you enter the valley through the tunnel view, El Capitan rises thousands of feet into the air on the north side of the valley.

2. It is not visible from any of the three hotels in the valley, nor is it visible from the free shuttle route. I do not recall seeing El Capitan from Glacier Point.

3. So this is your only chance to see it, either on your way into the valley, or on a valley tour bus.

4. We usually stop by one of the side parking spots alongside the valley road on our way into the valley to see El Capitan.

5. El Capitan, 3000 feet high, is a favorite of world class rock climbers, with permits required to climb the massive granite rock. Hopefully they are using safety ropes, as you do hear about climbers who get injured in falls, or killed when free climbing without ropes.

6. I bring my tripod and spotting scope, and zoom in on the climbers. You absolutely need the tripod for picture taking using a telescopic lens, due to the long distance, and small target.

7. The view when leaving the valley of El Capitan is not as great due to it being too close to the road.

8. Occassionally I hear of people doing illegal hang gliding from the cap, but have never seen it in person.

Visited April 2014
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