Dean M. Chriss
El Capitan and Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California, Landscape Photograph

Tutocanula, Ahwahnee National Park, California

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Originally named Tutocanula or Tool-tock Awn-oo-lah by the Ahwahneechee people, this enormous granite monolith was named El Capitan by the Mariposa Battalion led by Lafayette Bunnell, the first non-indigenous people to enter what was then Ahwahnee and is now Yosemite Valley. This enormous granite monolith is the highest in North America and the second highest in the world, with a summit 3,000 feet (914 m) above its base. El Capitan is popular with rock climbers, thirty of whom experienced climbing fatalities between 1905 and 2018.