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  Steve Schneider on the Shield Headwall, El Cap.
 
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Yosemite's Best Big Wall Climbing Routes
Thirty years after the “Golden Age,” Yosemite Valley remains a mecca to big wall climbers. The reason is clear: there is no place on earth with the same combinations of size, rock quality, good weather and accessibility. In short, its damn hard to find a better large rocks to throw yourself at. The 54 climbs listed below are among the most classic in Yosemite.

Topos of all of Yosemite's best big wall climbs are available in our guidebook Yosemite Big Walls: SuperTopos.

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El Capitan - Lurking Fear C2F 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lurking Fear
C2F 5.7, El Capitan

Lurking Fear is route number 1.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
19
C2F 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Triple Direct C2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Triple Direct
C2 5.8, El Capitan

Triple Direct is route number 9.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
30
C2 5.8
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Reticent Wall A5 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Reticent Wall
A5 5.7, El Capitan

Reticent Wall is route number 13.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
21
A5 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Zenyatta Mondatta A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zenyatta Mondatta
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Zenyatta Mondatta follows a steep line about 200' left of Zodiac.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - South Seas A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
South Seas
A4 5.8, El Capitan

South Seas is route number 16.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
24
A4 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Sea of Dreams A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Sea of Dreams
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Sea of Dreams is route number 18.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Tribal Rite A4 5.5 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Tribal Rite
A4 5.5, El Capitan

Tribal Rite is route number 11.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
29
A4 5.5
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Iron Hawk A4 5.10 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Iron Hawk
A4 5.10, El Capitan

Iron Hawl is route number 22.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
26
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Wyoming Sheep Ranch A4 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wyoming Sheep Ranch
A4 5.8, El Capitan

Wyoming Sheep Ranch is route number 20.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
23
A4 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Lost in America A4 5.10 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lost in America
A4 5.10, El Capitan

Lost in America is route number 26.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.10
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Shortest Straw A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Shortest Straw
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Shortest Straw is route number 28.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
16
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Native Son A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Native Son
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Native Son is route number 23.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
17
A4 5.9
4 Star Rating
El Capitan - Atlantic Ocean Wall A4 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Atlantic Ocean Wall
A4 5.9, El Capitan

Atlantic Ocean Wall is route number 21.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
25
A4 5.9
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Lunar Eclipse A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Lunar Eclipse
A4 5.7, El Capitan

Lunar Eclipse is route number 30.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
18
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Cosmos A4 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Cosmos
A4 5.7, El Capitan

The Cosmos is route number 3.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
24
A4 5.7
3 Star Rating
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