NA Wall was the first climb on the southeast face of El Cap, and like other early climbs it has a real wandery, natural/adventurous charm. The climbing is never too difficult, and there are some cool cracks and amazing bivy ledges interspersed with some loose rock and awkward traverses. <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-font-charset:78; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1791491579 18 0 131231 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-fareast-language:JA;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} -->  The cruxes are the blown out pin scars on pitches 2-4, and a few mandatory 5.7/5.8 moves here and there.The traversing nature of the climb, and the length, mean you will want to have a couple longer, easier walls under your belt before you get on this one. Climb NA Wall after you've climbed Zodiac, Nose, Salathe, or something on the east face of Washington Column.


*Plan: Most parties fix three pitches the first day(with two 60m ropes) and bivy at the base, spending 3-5 more days on the wall. Make sure you have a 50 ft. lowerout line for the haulbags. NA Wall is a natural line with many convenient stances/small ledges at belays, so most parties get by with just a fabric belay seat.


*Ledges: Calaveras Ledge is a cool hang but too sloping for comfy sleeping. Big Sur, The Cyclops, and The Igloo are all awesome ledges.


*The Elements: NA Wall follows continous crack systems that are not pretty in a storm. Make sure you have a solid forecast before starting up the wall.

Trip Reports

Trip Reports



1. Partner
Timmy O'Neill, Miles Smart
Sep 14, 1999
Hans Florine, Mark Melvin, Conrad Anker
Sep 1996 (first one day ascent)