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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 - The Nose 5.14a or 5.9 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Nose
5.14a or 5.9 C2, El Capitan

The Nose—the best rock climb in the world!
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
31
5.14a or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Zodiac A2 5.7 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Zodiac
A2 5.7, El Capitan

1800' of fantastic climbing.
Photo:Chris McNamara
El Capitan
16
A2 5.7
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Salathe Wall 5.13b or 5.9 C2 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Salathe Wall
5.13b or 5.9 C2, El Capitan

The Salathé Wall ascends the most natural line up El Cap.
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
35
5.13b or 5.9 C2
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - The Shield A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
The Shield
A3 5.8, El Capitan

The Shield is route number 7.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
30
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Mescalito A3 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Mescalito
A3 5.8, El Capitan

Mescalito is route number 15.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
26
A3 5.8
5 Star Rating
El Capitan - Freerider 5.12D - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Freerider
5.12D, El Capitan

The Salathé Wall ascends the most natural line up El Cap.
Photo:Mark Kroese
El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 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 Corazon
5.13b, El Capitan


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El Capitan
35
5.13b
5 Star Rating
Golden Gate El Capitan
35
5.12D
5 Star Rating
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 - Muir Wall A2 5.9 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
Muir Wall
A2 5.9, El Capitan

The Muir Wall is one of El Cap's greatest natural lines.
Photo:Tom Frost
El Capitan
33
A2 5.9
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 - North America Wall A2 5.8 - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click for details.
North America Wall
A2 5.8, El Capitan

North America Wall is route number 19.
Photo:Galen Rowell
El Capitan
27
A2 5.8
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 - 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
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