“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

El Capitan

El Capitan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
1. El Capitan Marker
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Inscription. El Capitan is famous for its massive bulk of largely unbroken rock and its sheer, vertical face soaring 3,000 feet into the air. This monolith is composed of a particularly durable granite, allowing it to withstand the pressures of glaciers and erosion.

Climbing the monolith
El Capitan was first scaled in 1958. Since then, climbers have explored nearly a hundred climbing routes. If you look closely, you may see climbers, like tiny specks, inching up the granite wall.

The Ahwahneechee name for the rock we now call El Capitan is Tutokanula. Ahwahneechee legend tells how El Capitan was created in the time of the animal people. As two bear cubs slept on a large flat rock near the river, the rock grew until the bears scratched their faces against the moon. The mother bear called on all the animals to rescue her babies, but none succeded until the lowly inchworm (tutokanula) crawled slowly to the top and led the cubs safely down.
Erected by Yosemite Fund.
Location. 37° 43.22′ N, 119° 38.939′ W. Marker is in Yosemite National Park, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Southside Drive 0.2 miles east of Wawona Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map
El Capitan image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, June 2008
2. El Capitan
The looming monolith of El Capitan.
. Marker is in this post office area: Yosemite National Park CA 95389, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Glaciers at the Gate (here, next to this marker); A Varied View (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A View Through Time (about 500 feet away); Disappearing Waterfalls (approx. 0.3 miles away); President Theodore Roosevelt & John Muir Meeting Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Yosemite Valley's First Visit by White Men (approx. 1.6 miles away but has been reported missing); The Ahwahneechee (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Journey to Yosemite (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yosemite National Park.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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