El Cap

Climb Me - I dare you!

This was shot from the Yosemite Valley up at the famous El Capitan. We saw a bunch of brave (or crazy) climbers making the ascent, often taking 2-3 days, scaling the sheer face, sleeping while suspended. I finally found something that my Wife would NOT do, although she is more than willing to jump out of a perfectly functional airplane!

El Capitan is a 3,000-foot (910 m) vertical  rock formation  located on the north side of  Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is one of the world’s favorite challenges for rock climbers. A previous post shows its relationship to the Valley (The Tunnel View).

The formation was named “El Capitan” by the Mariposa Battalion when it explored the valley in 1851. El Capitán (“the captain”, “the chief”) was taken to be a loose Spanish translation of the local Native American name for the cliff, variously transcribed as “To-to-kon oo-lah” or “To-tock-ah-noo-lah”. It is unclear if the Native American name referred to a specific Tribal Chief, or simply meant “the chief” or “rock chief”. In modern times, the formation’s name is often contracted to “El Cap”, especially among rock climbers.


2 responses

  1. This is a lovely image! I love the detail in the clouds. Very reminiscent of Ansel Adams.

    June 4, 2011 at 6:25 am

    • WOW! What a compliment! Thanks for taking the time to visit our Photo Blog! We really do appreciate the kind support!

      June 4, 2011 at 8:34 am

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