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The Nose 5.9 C1 or 5.13+

El Capitan

Yosemite Valley, California

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Topo Summary
Long sustained and flawless, the Nose may be the best rock climb in the world; it is certainly the best known. At 5.9 C1 this route is technically easy but don't be fooled. The Nose, like all El Cap routes is huge, exposed, and terrifying.

Not only an exceptional route, the Nose has one of the most incredible first ascent histories of any Yosemite rock climb. In this SuperTopo package you will read about the 18 epic months that Warren Harding and crew spent climbing this incredible line for the first time. More info on this climb, visit our route beta page for The Nose...

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      El Capitan, The Nose: SuperTopo
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