El Capitan, Yosemite National Park. El Capitan is one of the most spectacular granite monoliths in the world. Climbers from around the world flock to Yosemite Valley every year for a chance to climb this grand spectacle. The most famous climbing route on El Capitan is "The Nose". The route ascends the prow on the sun/shade line to the right of the Heart. The prominent Heart appears as if was carved into the rock but is a natural formation on El Capitan. This photograph was taken at sunrise.