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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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Route Name Formation Review
El Capitan - West Buttress A3 5.9 or 5.13c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Buttress
A3 5.9 or 5.13c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.9 or 5.13c
2 Star Rating
El Capitan - Grape Race 5.9 A2 or C3 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Grape Race
5.9 A2 or C3, El Capitan

Grape Race
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
12
5.9 A2 or C3
2 Star Rating
El Capitan - Dihedral Wall A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Dihedral Wall
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Dihedral Wall is route number 2.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Wall of Early Morning Light A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Wall of Early Morning Light
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Wall of Early Morning Light is route number 14.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A3 5.8
3 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 - West Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
West Face
5.11c, El Capitan


Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
15
5.11c
3 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 - Excalibur A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Excalibur
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Excalibur is route number 4.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
28
A3 5.8
3 Star Rating
El Capitan - Son of Heart A3+ 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Son of Heart
A3+ 5.8, El Capitan

Up the right side of The Heart.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
29
A3+ 5.8
3 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 - Flight of the Albatross A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Flight of the Albatross
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Flight of the Albatross is route number 6.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
21
A3 5.8
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 - Eagles Way A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Eagles Way
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Eagles Way is route number 31.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
19
A3 5.8
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
El Capitan - Horse Chute A3 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Horse Chute
A3 5.7, El Capitan

The route line for Horse Chute, El Capitan, A3 5.7
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
20
A3 5.7
3 Star Rating
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