El Capitan

El Capitan (HM1K1T)

Location: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389 Mariposa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 43.22', W 119° 38.939'

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El Capitan is famous for its massive bulk of largely unbroken rock and its sheer, vertical face soaring 3,000 feet into the air. This monolith is composed of a particularly durable granite, allowing it to withstand the pressures of glaciers and erosion.

Climbing the monolith

El Capitan was first scaled in 1958. Since then, climbers have explored nearly a hundred climbing routes. If you look closely, you may see climbers, like tiny specks, inching up the granite wall.

The Ahwahneechee name for the rock we now call El Capitan is Tutokanula. Ahwahneechee legend tells how El Capitan was created in the time of the animal people. As two bear cubs slept on a large flat rock near the river, the rock grew until the bears scratched their faces against the moon. The mother bear called on all the animals to rescue her babies, but none succeded until the lowly inchworm (tutokanula) crawled slowly to the top and led the cubs safely down.
HM NumberHM1K1T
Placed ByYosemite Fund
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Date Added Sunday, April 19th, 2015 at 6:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 266524 N 4178089
Decimal Degrees37.72033333, -119.64898333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 43.22', W 119° 38.939'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 43' 13.2" N, 119° 38' 56.34" W
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Area Code(s)209
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Southside Dr, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK CA 95389, US
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