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West Face, El Capitan 5.11c

   
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Yosemite Valley, California USA

  • Currently 3.0/5
Avg time to climb route: 1 day
Approach time: 1。5 hours
Descent time: 3 hours
Number of pitches: 15
Height of route: 1500'
Overview
The West Face is usually climbed as a free climb. It has just a few short 5.11 sections and the rest is mostly 5.8-5.10. Occasionally it is done "wall style" with the leader using some aid and the follower jumaring. Either way, it is best done as a one day climb because of the tremendous effort to get wall loads to the base. Is it a "true" El Cap big wall route? It's definitely more of a wall than the East Buttress, but not nearly in the league as other El Cap routes. That said, who cares!? It's a big adventure (with a big approach and descent). This route get shade till the early afternoon, and then can become really hot because it is more sheltered from the wind. Start early, and move fast.
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Source: SuperTopo Guidebook Staff Last update: April 30, 2019
El Capitan - West Face 5.11c - Yosemite Valley, California USA. Click to Enlarge
Photo: Chris McNamara
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