El Capitan, (which is the Spanish term for the Captain, or the Chief) is a vertical rock formation within the natural walls of Yosemite National Park. It is located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end.
The “Nose” is one of the original technical climbing routes up the mountain. Although El Capitan was once considered impossible to climb, it is now considered to be “the standard” for big wall climbing. In fact, it is recognized in the historic climbing text Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.
El Capitan has two main faces. A massive prow juts between the two faces. The most popular and historically famous route along the mountain is “The Nose”, which follows the massive prow.
Historically, the high granite walls of Yosemite were once thought to be unclimbable. The first attempts at ascending them didn’t actually occur until the late 1950’s.
The nose towers nearly to a majestic height of 3000 feet. It boasts 31 pitches of superior climbing straight up the middle of the wall. The feature of the mountain is often referred to as “the best rock climb in the world”. Even though the pitches are incredible, you should consider that it is also very demanding.