The El Capitan rock formation is a massive, 3,000-foot monolith in Yosemite National Park in California. Due to its elevation and challenging sheer vertical rock face, it has become a popular favorite location for rock climbers and B.A.S.E. jumpers from all over the globe. The name El Capitan is the Spanish word for "captain," which is a loose translation of the local Native American name for it.
Although it was long considered impossible to climb, El Capitan - or "El Cap" as climbers call it - was finally conquered for the first time in 1958. The first free climb, however, did not occur until Lynn Hill managed the feat in 1993. Today, it continues to be a major attraction for the best climbers around the world. Now, thanks to Google Maps, the experience of climbing along El Cap can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.