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USA. California. Climbing El Capitan

USA California. Climbing El Capitanrockclimbing vacations

Altitude: 2307 m
Program category: rockclimbing

Class: big wall climbing
Duration: 12 days
May - September
Program price from: 2650 Euro

USA California. Yosemite. El Capitan climbing.

In one of the most beautiful corners of our planet, in Yosemite National Park in California, there is the most famous rock in the world, attracting climbers not for its height, which is only 2300 meters, but for its high complexity and the number of routes laid along its granite verticals. This peculiar "Mecca" of rock climbing, which attracts not only the enthusiastic glances of passing tourists, but also attracts rock climbers from all over the world.

Anyone who is at least a little involved in the topic of rock climbing and mountaineering knows this name - El Capitan. For many climbers - El Capitan is a kind of ideal of a distant dream, something from another world - desired and inaccessible. Today, El Capitan is a world-recognized standard of rock climbing, its legend and an absolute classic of the genre.

El Capitan is a peak, the name of which was borrowed from the indigenous inhabitants of these places - translated from the language of the Miwoki Indians, the name of this mountain meant "Main Mountain". Actually, the Americans did not come up with anything new, they just translated the name into Spanish. Regardless of how the name of this mountain sounds, it is not difficult to be convinced of its validity. It is impossible to find a more accurate name for this magnificent monolith, as if carved by a brilliant sculptor in a single burst of inspiration. And the real scale of this miracle of nature can be estimated only by taking binoculars and finding tiny figures of rock climbers on the rock, indistinguishable to the naked eye.

The development of El Capitan began about 70 years ago, when, on the verge of a possible, the first ascents of the steep walls of this mountain were made - the climbing technique and the evolution of equipment began much later, but the pioneers of the sheer granite walls of El Capitan could only rely on their own strength.

In those days, the very phenomenon of "Big Wall" was born - a combination of sport climbing and technical mountaineering - the most technically difficult and demanding type of mountaineering for athletes. Back in 1958, three American climbers ushered in a new era in this sport - the era of technical climbing. For 47 days of ascent (!), They reached the top of El Capitan - an ascent of this level of difficulty was unique for that era. How the climbing technique has developed since then can be judged by a simple fact: the classic route "The Nose" - the one that the pioneers conquered in 47 long days, was completed in 2018 in a free style in less than 2 hours ...

The walls of El Cap never suffer from loneliness. At any time of the day or night, practically in any season - the wall routes of the most famous rock in the world are crowded. Ascents are made continuously - there are many who want to add the Most Sports Summit of the World to their collection of achievements. However, even the simplest routes to El Capitan require a lot of preparation and training. For this ascent, athletes not only hone their climbing technique to a jewel level, but also train the strength and endurance that are necessary for a difficult and long route. One of the difficulties of climbing El Capitan is that the volume of cargo and water required for the ascent increases in proportion to the ascent time - the longer you plan to climb the wall, the more load you have to lift with you.

At dawn, the eastern wall of El Capitan is the first among the surrounding mountains to meet the sun - this majestic sight can be observed from the valley - as the fire of a new dawn flares up on a huge granite screen. This spectacle is worthy of seeing it at least once in a lifetime - no theater in the world can ever boast such a grandiose performance and such magnificent scenery for it.

This 12-day program is designed for people who have been rockclimbing for at least several years. Climbing of high difficulty requires not only mastery of rockclimbing technique and a confident level of climbing of at least 6b, but also good skills of rope work on the long wall routes. These skills can be obtained by attending the training sessions at our brief AlexClimb Course of indoor rockclimbing in Moscow Climbing trips to Mallorca and Crimea can be considered as preparatory programs..

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The first rule, by which we are guided in developing of the program - it is Safety. Professional Guides lead the group, only the high quality certificated equipment is used. All that guarantees the highest possible level of your Safety, and it is the most important part of our work.

Program Schedule

MCS AlexClimb Rockclimbing Program Schedule

Program: USA, California. Climbing El Capitan, The Nose route 
Outdoor rockclimbing program

Day 1 - International flight to San Francisco. Overnight at the hotel
Day 2 - Fulfillment of the necessary formalities, drive to Yosemite National Park. Overnight at the hotel
Day 3 - Adaptation and training, rockclimbing, overnight at the hotel
Day 4 - Adaptation and training, rockclimbing, overnight at the hotel 
Day 5 - Recover day, overnight at the hotel
Day 6 - Approach to the route, climbing first 12 pitches, 5-7 hours, overnight on a shelf at the top of El Cap Tower
Day 7 - Continuation of the route, climbing next 9 pitches, 7-9 hours, overnight at the "5th bivouac";
Day 8 - Continuation of the route, climbing next 7 pitches, 5-7 hours, getting to the summit, descent and departure. Overnight at the hotel
Day 9 - Recover day, sightseeing walk in Yosemite National Park, overnight at the hotel
Day 10 - Spare
Day 11 - Departure to San Francisco, overnight at the hotel
Day 12 - International return flight

Prices and conditions

Price of the MCS AlexClimb El Capitan program, USA, California, 2021 ":

2650 Euro * - individual program for 1 participant

You have to be ready for:

  • professional sports program, high level of risk and fisical load;

Conditions: the program is conducted only in an individual format, preliminary experience of rockclimbing sports and mountaineering rock routes is required
The price includes : services of a professional guide, climbing insurance, using basic medication kit , all transfers according to the program, accommodation and meals according to the Program (breakfasts at the hotels), rental of communal equipment (ropes, belay).
The price does not include : the cost of the air flight to the starting point of the program (San Francisco) and back, rental of individual equipment according to the list, dinners and additional meals, alcohol and soft drinks, use of a cell or satellite phone.

Number of participants: 1
Guides: 1

Detailed conditions and restrictions on the program "Climbing El Capitan, USA" can be read in Offer section

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Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.