ElCap Report

Welcome to the ElCap Report website.  Below you will find the reports I have written for the past several climbing seasons in Yosemite.  I use a 500mm and a 600mm lens for the images you will see below.  The early reports were written before I had my own website, so don't expect to see images with the early reports.  Originally the reports were done on Supertopo.com so you will find references to that site in the writings.  I started this site in late April of 2009 and have been pleased with the interest you readers have shown.  Website design and operation by Chris Falkenstein of El Portal, CA.  Many thanks Chris!!

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DISCLAIMER: 

THESE REPORTS ARE THE MUSINGS OF AN OBSERVER WHO IS FAR FROM THE ACTION AND ANY RELATION TO THE TRUTH IS THE MEREST OF COINCIDENCE.  A SMALL PORTION OF WHAT IS WRITTEN IS SOMETIMES SIMPLY A FABRICATION, WRITTEN TO MAKE THE STORY "BETTER".  DON'T TAKE THIS STUFF TOO SERIOUSLY.  IT IS MEANT AS LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT, FOR THE MOST PART, ALTHOUGH I DO TRY TO GET THE CLIMBING FACTS RIGHT.  THESE REPORTS ARE WRITTEN FOR CLIMBERS, SO DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU, A NON-CLIMBER, DON'T GET THE TERMINOLOGY.  THIS REPORT IS IN NO WAY "OFFICIAL" AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS THE OPINION OF ANY GOVERNMENTAL OR PRIVATE AGENCY.  ALL CONTENT IS STRICTLY MY OPINION.  IF YOU DON'T WISH TO BE MENTIONED IN THE REPORT, OR PHOTOGRAPHED, JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL (CLICK "CONTACT" ABOVE) TO THAT EFFECT, OR COME BY THE BRIDGE, AND LET ME KNOW AND YOUR PRIVACY WILL BE RESPECTED.  NO ONE IS REQUIRED TO READ THE REPORT.. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT THEN DON'T READ IT.

Read and enjoy the exploits of the climbers who take on El Capitan.  They are a diverse group with a common bond and each has a unique story to tell.

Many thanks to those who have made a donation to the site... all donations are really appreciated, no matter the amount! The costs of doing all this far exceeds the amount of donations received, but without donations, the photography and Report would not be possible.  It is for all the readers of the report, and the climbers in it, that I spend time and money to keep this thing going.

A feature of the site is the Photo Gallery above.  If you just want to see some pics from past reports, then click on this box or click on any images in the thumb nails grouped on the left of the page, or the Monthly Archive for April 2010.  Enjoy!!

Best wishes,  Tom Evans

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ElCap Report 6/24/16

ElCap Report 6/24/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm weather seems to have flushed a lot of climbers off the Cap these days.  As a result, tomorrow will see only one party on ElCap.  Not good for what I do!!  So this will be the season’s last report unless something big happens in the next few days.  I will still shoot some so you can contact me to get the shots.

ElCap Report 6/23/16

ElCap Report 6/23/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… The Captain is still seeing a shortage of climbers in the late June heat.  So the Report is a thin one… and it seems my dedicated readers would like to see oldies more than recent shots.  Accordingly, I am posting another batch of oldies for your enjoyment.

ElCap Report 6/22/16

ElCap Report 6/22/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well…I gotta tell you that it is getting hot now.  Summer seems to be upon us, not just date wise, but weather wise too.  Not many teams are on ElCap right now, so the report will be a bit short on variety… so I have thrown in some oldies to fill the gap.

ElCap Report 6/21/16

ElCap Report 6/21/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warmer weather has set in now and it seems that a lot of climbers have headed up to the Meadows for the rest of the season.  We still have some diehard big wall climbers here and things are still being done.  The forecast is for higher temperatures later in the week.

ElCap Report 6/20/16

ElCap Report 6/20/16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Today was another fine day for climbing and it seems there are more climbers on, or headed up to, the cliff.  None of the routes is crowded, at the moment, and this may be the last week or so of cooler weather this season, so get going with your plans.

ElCap Report 6/18 and 19/16

ElCap Report 6/18 and 6/19/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo… The big weekend is over and the President has left town.  It was an interesting time to be here.  The traffic was well managed by NPS but the demands of having the POTUS in town made getting around just about impossible.  The speech he gave was only attended by invitation.  Somehow I was left off the invitation list…I can’t imagine why.  The weather continues to be unseasonably cool and climbing conditions are great.  But the cliff is mostly empty and the Nose saw two days with no one on it.

ElCap Report 6/17/16

ElCap Report 6/17/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cool and sunny continues to dominate the climbing scene here in the Valley.  Where the hell are all you Cubicle Pukes?  Throw off your shackles and come on out to the valley of your dreams… now or never!!  Not a ton of action on the Cap today but some good stuff is going on.

ElCap Report 6/16/16

ElCap Report 6/16/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Crystal clear air, temperatures in the low 70’s, and a stout wind from the west, made for a perfect climbing day, assuming one likes to wear puffies all day!  Brad Gobright and Scott Bennett did a Triple on ElCap today.  They started around 2pm yesterday and did Zodiac in 5 hours and then they went to the Nose and were done with that by dawn. Then they went to Lurking Fear and did that, well within the 24 hour limit. They did a time of 23:10!  Great stuff guys!! Remember that the POTUS arrives tomorrow so all bets are off on me getting to the internet for the next two or three days.  I will try!

ElCap Report 6/15/16

ElCap Report 6/15/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather is like April these days…windy, very cool, clear and sunny skies.  Kind of a slow day on the hill today.  The Presidents pre-visit people came today to see what has to be arranged.  Six choppers flew in this afternoon and landed in the Majestic Meadow (Ha!).  The POTUS will be here this weekend, if he isn’t here already. They don’t give out much information about POTUS visits.  We are expecting the worst in the traffic department so I may be able to do some reports but no guarantees!

ElCap Report 6/14/16

ElCap Report 6/14/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Sunny and cool weather continues to draw climbers to the Cap.  Actually a little on the slow side, photographically, as the sun was bright and there were no clouds for most of the day.  The harsh sun, high in the sky, makes for long shadows and difficult lighting for this old shooter. 

ElCap Report 6/13/16

ElCap Report 6/13/16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. A beautiful day dawned, after the storms of the past day and night.  I didn’t see anyone bail as a result of the storm.  We needed the rain to wash off the Captain, as the old man can get kinda stinky late in the season!  Lots going on… read all about it below.

ElCap Report 6/12/16

ElCap Report 6/12/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… In the middle of the night I heard the rumbling from far away.  Soon it was over the ranch, where I was camped.  A flash of lightning and a crash of thunder, along with torrential rain and gale force winds threatened to remove my camp from the ridge.  If it was this bad in the Valley, then climbers on ElCap would be in deep dodo.  Morning found the rain somewhat subsided but the wind still strong, as I made my way into the Valley.  In the café I talked it over with people who had been there at night and they said it was quite a storm.  I caught up on my report for yesterday and did some other computer stuff for most of the morning.  Around noon I made it down to ElCap, in a light drizzle, to check on everyone on the wall.  As is usually the case a small group of climbers had gathered to watch and speculate.  Read about it below…

ElCap Report 6/11/16

ElCap Report 6/11/16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Today we had another great day for climbing and photography.  It was overcast all day and very cool too.  Lots of action to report on so let’s get right to it!!

ElCap Report 6/10/16

ElCap Report 6/10/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Today was one of the best days for climbing and photos that I have ever seen in ANY Spring season! I took more than 200 shots, on this cool and cloudy day.  Lots of action up on the Captain now but no real crowding. 

ElCap Report 6/9/16

ElCap Report 6/9/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Today was a beautiful day for climbing with high clouds and cooler temperatures.  Lots of action on the cliff but spread among several routes.  Triple Direct seems to be getting the most action these days...or maybe Double Direct would be more like it.  DD is the top two thirds of the 3D.  The first third is jugging and hauling the fixed lines to Mammoth Terrace.  Anyway, no matter how you do it, ElCap is a worthy investment of your time.

ElCap Report 6/8/16

ElCap Report 6/8/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Continued good weather is driving the season onward.  We had a nice set of clouds come through and keep the wall cool for most of the day.  The Big Three were sparsely populated but the bottom of the King is seeing some action.

ElCap Report 6/7/16

ElCap Report 6/7/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Sunny and warm.. keep saying that and you have the weather for the next several days here in Yosemite. Still not a lot of action up on the Cap.  The Nose remains empty, with the exception of a few teams on the intro pitches to Sickle… no one went above Sickle today.  The Salathe/Freerider seems to be getting the attention these with three teams sending it over the last few days.  We did have a nice SIAD today… read about it all below!

ElCap Report 6/6/16

ElCap Report 6/6/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather seems to have settled in at clear and warm.  A nice breeze made today bearable.  There was only one party on the Nose today and you will get to see what happened to them lower down.  The other routes are sparsely populated, if at all. 

ElCap Report 6/5/16

ElCap Report 6.5.16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Sunny and warm weather dominates the scene here in the Valley.  TER’s are arriving today from Korea… always a good time when they are here.  Lots of action on the cliff today with a nice NIAD thrown in for good luck.

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