El Capitan

Elevation: 9,901 ft
Prominence: 437

Climbing and access information for this peak is found on pages 200 to 201.


El Capitan towers over the Alice Lake basin. The East Side Route is not for the faint of heart as it involves a sustained Class 3 to 3+ pull. There has been one climbing fatality on the peak. 1975 Fatality on El Capitan

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El Capitan from Perfect Peak.

El Capitan from Alice Lake.

El Capitan from Alice Lake.


 

East Side Route. Class 3.

The Class 3 route up the peak’s east side involves a lot of climbing. Below are a couple of photos showing the upper portion of the route.

Dana Hansen and Basil Service climbing the upper section of the East Side Route.

Dana Hansen and Basil Service climbing the upper section of the East Side Route.

The last section leading to the summit on the East Side Route. This involves Class 3+ climbing with some exposure.

The last section leading to the summit on the East Side Route. This involves Class 3+ climbing with some exposure.

One climber on top and one almost there.

One climber on top and one almost there.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Sawtooth Range

Year Climbed: 1991

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 1935
  • Season: Summer
  • Route: Unknown but I suspect it was via the East Side Route.
  • Party: Robert and Merriam Underhill and Dave Williams.
  • Other First Ascent: Northeast Ridge
  • Year: 1972
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Lyman Dye and B. Hansen

Longitude: -114.933829   Latitude: 43.941089

Photos:

El Capitan from Alice Lake.
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