West Face, El Capitan 5.11c


Yosemite Valley, California USA

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Oakland, CA
Apr 30, 2019 - 12:49pm
Grippa! We did it in a wet year, earlier in April, and everything on the route was dry except for the pitch to Thanksgiving, which is an easy pitch.

It took a lot of faith to keep hoofing up along the base of El Cap in the morning, because every facet of the wall we saw looked wet as hell.

I'd say go for it! And good luck on p2... not an easy pitch to onsite, I don't think.

Social climber
San Francisco
Apr 17, 2019 - 01:03pm
Pitches 13 and 14 right below the Thanksgiving ledge as per Pitu's topo posted below are in a huge shady corner and are likely to be quite wet in early season (like right now). Everything else is likely to dry up faster. May is a good month to do this route outside of the fall season since you can stay in the shade until you are WAY up there.

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 17, 2019 - 12:30pm
Does this route seep heavily in the spring or remain dry?
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Mar 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
Very good climb. Old bolts were replaced. Most of the belays are fixed with bolts, or pins higher up on the route.
Rack we used wad doubles in standard sizes of camalots from red c3/blue metolius to #2 camalot (yellow). One #3 camalot - blue. Red x4, purple metolius, blue/purple and ywllow/blue metolius offsets. Set of medium to small offset nuts. Worked very well.
Very good route with some heady climbing in places. Nothing crazy though. Felt hard, but quality of rock etc is great!!!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 8, 2011 - 10:40am
great beta here including the Roper Green Book description


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barcelona, spain
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   Jul 10, 2010 - 08:18pm
Credit: pitu
Credit: pitu
Credit: pitu
Very good route, ideal for one day of adventure. Clean rock. We did about 12 hours car to car. Its important to start early, in order to climb as much as you can into the shade. The approach to the route can be tricky at the end. We carry 5 liters of water, it was ok.
I feel the second pitch is dangerous, just after the traverse (few moves of 5.10b with really bad pro, with bad fall.) There are other pitches a bit runout but not as bad as the second: the pitch after the downclimb, and two pitches before the tanksgiving ledge (it has a mandatory mantel to reah a bolt).
We get lost on the pitch 10, where the route crosses a white dike. I have drawed the variation that we did (runout variation) and the original route I presume it was the right one.
The exit after the tanksgiving ledge is very obvious, with sunlight.
El Capitan - West Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
Photo: Chris McNamara
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