than any other mountain or formation, El Capitan has been responsible
for the changing philosophy and the rising standards of American
Chouinard, AAJ 1966)
ultimate big wall climbing monolith on earth, located in the sunny
environs of Yosemite Valley, California, attracts climbers from all over
the world. Its walls –
nearly 3000 feet at the highest point – are of especially solid
granite. Aid climbing
techniques and equipment as we know it today evolved out of ascents of
Capitan is a beautiful climbing rock.
I love the natural routes, the spirited granite, soaring cracks,
gigantesque walls, wholesale commitment to the many days up there, and
the airy bivouacs. Aid
climbing, hauling, rope management, inspired partners – how nurturing
those adventures were.
El Capitan – three thousand feet of rock spirit.
For me, maybe the most sacred of vertical journeys in the world.
Imagine that.” (Ron
Kauk, Spirit of the Rock)
EL CAPITAN with little
cloud, from the summit of Lower Cathedral Spire, Yosemite Valley,
California, August 1965.