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Walk to the base of 'The Nose' of El Capitan. The first climb you will come to along the base of the cliff is 'Moby Dick'. 'Pine Line' is accesssed by traversing along the ledge to the right of 'Moby Dick'. To get to 'La Escuela', etc, keep heading up the scree covered slopes at the base of the cliff.



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5.11b *** La Escuela Trad 220ft

Pro to 2.5".

FA: Yvon Chouinard, TM Herbert, 1962

FFA: Steve Wuncsh, Mark Chapman, 1973

5.10a ** Mr. Dash Trad 60ft

Alternate P3 finish for La Escuela named after the late Micah Dash. Pro to 3" with extra 2" cams.

FFA: James Selvidge, Melissa Michelitsch, 2010


FA: Eric Beck, Steve Williams, 1969

5.10b ** The Slack, Left Trad 350ft

Pro to 6", 2 ea. 2"-5".

FA: Chuck Pratt, Royal Robbins, 1965

FFA: Pat Ament, Larry Dalke, 1967

5.10d ** The Slack, Center Trad 400ft

Pro to 6". P2 and P3 often linked.

FA: Charlie Raymond, Wally Reed, 1958

FFA: Pat Ament, Larry Dalke, 1967

5.10a *** Sacherer Cracker Trad 150ft

Fabulous steep jam crack from narrow hand to offwidth. Pro to 6" with doubles to 3". Two rope rappel.

FFA: Frank Sacherer, Mike Sherrick, 1964

5.10d ** The Mark of Art Trad 110ft

Pro to 3", 2-3 ea. 0.75"-1.5".

FFA: Mark Chapman, Art Higbee, 1974

5.11b * Short But Thin Trad 40ft

Small pro. Usually top-roped by climbing the first 40ft of Sacherer Cracker to the bolts.

FFA: Tobin Sorenson, John Bachar, 1974


Pro to 4".

FA: unknown

FFA: Clint Cummins, 1988


Offwidth/lieback/chimney variation up the large flake on the left.

FFA: Bob Kamps, Galen Rowell, Dan Doody, Wally Upton, 1962

5.8 ** La Cosita, Left Trad 60ft

Pro to 4". Stem, jam, chimney, and mantel your way up this surprisingly steep pitch.

FFA: Bob Kamps, Galen Rowell, Dan Doody, Wally Upton, 1962

5.11a * Sparkling Give-away Mixed 60ft, 2

Pro to 3.5". Traverse right along the horizontal crack (and a piton), then mantel your way up the bolted blunt arête.

FFA: Pete Takeda, Eric Kohl, 1991

5.10c * La Arista Mixed 90ft, 2

Start on La Cosita right, then move up the bolted arête to the shared chain top anchor. Pro to 2".

FFA: Chris Craig, Mike Creel, 1988

5.9 ** La Cosita, Right Trad 90ft

Pro to 2".

FA: TM Herbert, Steve Roper, 1963

5.8 * Little John, Left Trad 80ft

Pro to 4".

FFA: Dan Doody, Bob Kamps, Galen Rowell, Wally Upton, 1962

5.10d ** Hardly Pinnacle Trad 80ft

Starts atop 'Little John, Left'. Pro to 1.5". This route can be top-roped by ascending the Heart Ledges fixed lines and swinging over to the bolted top anchor.

FFA: Dale Bard, et al., 1972

5.8 ** Little John, Right Trad 260ft

Pro to 3".

FFA: Jack Turner, Royal Robbins, 1962

5.10b Sunday Driver Trad

FFA: Ken Ariza, Mark Carpenter, Dimitri Barton, 1985

5.9 * Moby Dick, Left Trad 160ft

Pro 2 ea. to 4".

FFA: Bob Kamps, Frank Sacherer, 1963

5.10a *** Moby Dick, Center Trad 190ft

Difficult fingers at the start leading to a sustained wide section. Beautiful climbing.

Pro to 4.5", 2 ea. 4".

FFA: Franch Sacherer, Steve Roper, 1963

FA: Herb Swedlund, Penny Carr, 1963

5.10b * Ahab Trad 150ft

Pro to 6".

FA: Frank Sacherer, Jim Bridwell, 1964

5.11d R ** Masquerade / Call Me Ishmael Sport 200ft

FFA: Charles Cole, Rusty Reno, 1988

5.10b ** Reed's Leads Trad 150ft

Pro to 2". Bolted top anchor. Two rope rappel.

FFA: Wally Reed, Mike Borghoff, 1963

5.11a * Seedy Leads Mixed 150ft, 3

Pro to 1". Bolted top anchor. Two rope rappel.

FA: Mark Chapman, Rick Sylvester, 1971

FFA: Clint Cummins, John Lockhart, 1988

5.11a ** Thread of Life Mixed 4

Face climbing left of the P1 of Salathé Wall. Pro to 2". Two rope rappel.

FFA: Clint Cummins, Dan Nguyen, 1988

5.10a Dust in the Wind Unknown

FFA: Joel Ager, Clint Cummins, 1989

5.10a R ** Pterodactyl Terrace, Left Trad 150ft

Pro to 2.5". Bolted top anchor. Two rope rappel.

FA: Jim Sims, Steve Roper, 1963

FFA: Chris Fredericks, Frank Sacherer, 1965

5.11b * Pterodactyl Terrace, Right Trad 110ft

Pro to 2". Bolted top anchor.

FA: Glen Denny, Eric Beck, 1963

FFA: Vern Clevenger, 1975

5.7 * Pine Line Trad 70ft

Pro to 2".

FFA: Jeff Schaffer, Greg Schaffer, 1966

5.10c *** Salathé Base Trad 230ft

P1 and P2 only of the Salathé Wall. Pro to 4".