On the North side of Yosemite Valley stands the intimidating El Capitan. Named in 1851 by a division of the California State Militia, the Mariposa Battalion is a loose translation from the Native American name which meant something like “chief”, or “rock chief”. This granite behemoth was carved from glaciers millions of years ago and stands today as a taunt to many avid climbers. The route called “The Nose”was first climbed in 1958 and took 47 days. The record today stands at 2 hours 23 minutes and 46 seconds. El Capitan will stand for eons keeping watch over Yosemite Valley.