El Cap Reports from September 2007

El Cap Report 09/30/07

ElCap Report 9/30/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Remember the days when you were a kid and the world was fresh, new and exciting? When the fall breeze rustled the leaves on the trees and all the oaks and maples were turning the most beautiful colors and there was a touch of smoke in the air. When life had not jaded you one bit and the warmth of the sun on your face made you just want to shut your eyes and smell the air. Today, in the most incredible Valley in the world, was that day. It was perfect, all the elements of the physical world combined to make this day almost dreamlike in its nostalgic beauty. Everyone had a smile on their face and nodded or said hello to each other. Even the bailers were happy!!! We all knew that this was a day that would go in the top of the memory bank. So if you were not here and wanted to be, then drag out the best day you can ever remember in your entire life and enjoy how it makes you feel because that is how we all felt today!! Today’s report... brought to you on a red and golden leaf from that beautiful Sugar Maple across from the chapel here in the incomparable Yosemite.

El Cap Report 09/29/07

ElCap Report 9/29/07
 By Tom Evans
YO... beautiful day here.. strong sun with a cool wind from the west.. looked like the guys on the Cap were in jackets most of today. Anyway, get on your dancing shoes and warm up because this report is going to take you into the heart of the adventure world of Yosemite, where the footwork is delicate and the chalk is ready for those sweaty hands... Here it comes straight from the bolt kit of the "Mad Bolter" who stopped by the bridge today after making a trash run up to the base of the Cap. Here it is .... Today’s ElCap Report;..

El Cap Report 09/28/07

ElCap Report 9/28/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... busy with all kinds of things so right to the action on the Cap.
Zodiac: KFC got down and was in the cafe this am having had a speedy climb of this route in 12:51... not as fast as he wanted but close enough for now... Sweet! The party of two lower down did get to the start of the nipple pitch as I left and seemed confident and efficient.
LA: Supposedly this is a party of a Korean man and wife... they are moving steadily along and will be off in a couple more days or so..

El Cap Report 09/27/07

ElCap Report 9/27/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... High clouds today and cooler, not the day that yesterday was but not bad either.. I need some rest so this will be to the point. Today’s ElCap report..
Zodiac: The German party bivied on Peanut ledge and was off by around noon.. well done... KFC got a not so alpine start of around 10am on his solo push of the route... the lad climbed will and was even seen taking a 15 min break on the ledge at the start of the Black tower. I left a little after 5pm and he was at the mark of Zorro. He would like to get under 12 hours this time and just might do it. Also another two man team started today and were headed toward pitch 4 when I left.

El Cap Report 09/26/07

ElCap Report 9/26 /07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Well if you are not here then drop down and give me 20 push-ups!!! So much action on the Captain that a lesser person than I would just throw up their hands and go out into the meadow, get drunk and forget about doing a report!!! But the same tenacity and determination that got me, a very average climber, up 5 ElCap routes over the last 36 years has enabled me to sort through the posers and Tourons and all the BS and still hang here at the bridge ready and able to check out the scene so you can share in the fun and events here in the Glory Hole, the very best place in all of rock climberdom. As I once told the McNeely brothers as they headed off to climb the Cap in their early days.... "Bask in the Glory, Lads, Bask in the Glory". And indeed they eventually did!!! Today was the most perfect climbing day in all of recorded history here in the Valley... the weather was so intoxicating that just breathing the air got you high and you didn't even have to be close to Puff Daddy here at the bridge or have a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff! The wall was bristling with climbing teams eager to reap the rewards of their efforts. So without further fanfare here it comes to you, wafting on the sweetest breeze you ever felt across your cheek... the ElCap Report for today.

El Cap Report 09/25/07

ElCap Report 9/25/07
 By Tom Evans
YO... Great day here in the big Ditch.. clear skies, warm, real climbers climbing on the big stone... and I did make it down to the west side to see what was up. Lots of action so I will get right to it... Here it is straight from the bridge...today’s ElCap report...

El Cap Report 09/24/07

ElCap Report 9/24/07
 By Tom Evans
All right! Listen up... it was a madhouse down here at the bridge today. Endless lines of Tourons, all of whom wanted to get an explanation of the entire sport of big wall climbing with no concept of anything to start with. Plus (a good thing) lots of climbers came by including some of the ST regulars who it is always nice to meet... but worst of all was the: 8 PARTIES WHO WERE ON THE NOSE, THE 4 WHO WERE ON THE TRIP, THE 2 ON ZODIAC, PLUS VARIOUS OTHERS ON THE SALATHE, MESCALITO, IRON HAWK.... ETC ETC... I'M DYING HERE!!!! And on top of all that I took a zillion shots today that I have to process on the computer tonight!! But all that said it was a perfectly beautiful day here with solid blue skies and warm temps.. great to be here!!! I am going to leave out the usual lecturing and BS and get right to it.... Todays ElCap report.... this is it!!

El Cap Report 09/23/087

ElCap Report 9/23/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Well the weekend is over and the skies are clearing, no rain today, and the action is heating up on the big stone. So tie yourself in, pop a tab, and settle in for today’s ElCap report brought to you straight from the mighty ElCap bridge through the eyes of a Belgian woman (and yes she is a beauty!)hanging at the scopes today watching her boyfriend slepping up the stovelegs all afternoon. So here it is the ElCap report for today....

El Cap Report 09/22/07

ELCap report 9/22/07
 By Tom Evan
s Yo.... Not much rain last night but today around 1pm the skies opened up and it is presently pouring rain. So here is the ElCap report for today albeit kind of early in the day... also tonight around 8pm or so I am giving the AAC show in the cliff room at the Yosemite Lodge compound so come on by and stay dry and see the monkeys hiding from the rain... Todays News comes to you directly from the soaked crowd down at the ElCap bridge...
Trip: The team from yesterday planted their bag at the end of pitch 4 and came down to wait for good weather... talked to the men as we all were standing around watching the clouds drift along the face the Captain...they will return to the rock Monday most likely...

El Cap Report 09/21/07

ElCap Report 9/21/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Straight from the top of the nose in Alex and Thomas's day pack comes the report for today... A sweet day at the bridge and you weren't here... what is the matter with you???? Today’s ElCap Report just for you.
Trip: Saw a team climb the first 2 pitches of this route today.. who are they?
El Nino: The Australians climbed up into the black dihedral this afternoon hauling bags as they went... they should be in a good position for the supposed coming storm tonight and tomorrow right under the roof pitch.
DNR: KFC and I talked to Dave this afternoon and he has decided to finish up on EWML which is casual for him. He made Wino tower today and hauled his bags with 120meters of static line this afternoon and fixed a pitch above the tower. He was quite comfortable and confident and is well set if the storm indeed comes in...got some nice shots of him climbing the rivet ladders to the tower... Nice orange shirt Dave!!

El Cap Report 09/20/07

ElCap Report 9/20/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... yep... I got your Elcap report for today right here.. bounced straight off the balding head of Logan (aka Chuck Pratt) who happened by the bridge today on his way home.. It rained a little last night and snowed above 6000ft but the valley got very little... just enough to quench the controlled burns and end the smoky valley syndrome. Partly sunny and cool today.. not bad.. mostly sunny this afternoon. Not much to report but here it is for this day...

El Cap Report 09/19/07

ElCap Report 9/19/07
 By Tom Evan
s Yo... Yes it is true. I am back, rolling in around 5 this evening. I went down to the Cap to see what the action was. So this is a quickie.

El Cap Report 09/07/07

ElCap Report 9/7/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... This is the last ElCap Report for a couple weeks when I will be returning. Nice day here but really smoky at days end. So get tied in and get ready because the Old Captain kicked butts and broke hearts all the day long. Nice to see the old man take charge and ruthlessly cull the weak and worried. It is going to be ugly so if you are faint of heart or a whiner by nature then read no further... So cover your ears, protect your eyes from the cold glare of the unflinching eye in the sky. Here it is for today, a day chalked up for the Captain, Today’s ElCap Report brought to you on the broken hearts and backs of a thousand bailers..

El Cap Report 09/06/07

ElCap Report 9/6/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Here it comes straight to you from the Oklahoma folks, Tony, Lori, and Joe who just got here and hung at the bridge for a time today. Tony and Joe are set for a shot at the Nose tomorrow and part of the next day. Nice here today.. got some quality shots in the morning with no visitors to break the serenity. Another nice day for climbing and viewing with some haze coming in late in the day... Anyway without further delay.... here is the ElCap report for this day....

El Cap Report 09/05/07

ElCap Report 9/05/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Alright.. I actually hiked up to the base today and hung with Dave Turner at the base of Mescalito. Very nice up there late in the day... yelled up at Chuck Pratt and some Spanish guys and watched 3 Americans go up to sickle and fix above. Earlier, I got down to ElCap after breakfast in the cafe, and everyone seemed in control of things... nice day, blue skies, cool breezes... anyway here comes the ElCap report for today straight from the base of Mescalito.

El Cap Report 09/04/07

ElCap Report 9/04/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Yes you are in luck... another ElCap report for those inquiring minds who have to know what is going on in the glory hole. Another sweet day here with bright skies and nice breezes... plus action on the great stone... doesn't get a lot better than this folks. Slept late and didn't make it to the cafe today but was down at the bridge shooting by 11am. Not surprisingly the ElCap bridge shuttle has stopped for the year, as they say the numbers are not great enough to support it... yeah.. maybe if they waited for the fall season to start they would have more riders!!! So here is all the news direct from the time and place that you wish you were. The ElCap report for this day, 4 Sept. 2007, direct to you from Dean Potters 90,000 lb. test slack line that he showed us today... formerly a tie line for the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz!!

El Cap Report 09/03/07

ElCap Report 9/03/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo.. yes that's right... your man with the plan is back at the ElCap Bridge for a few days... so all whiners can just log off and get over it. Drove up last night from down south in the firebird as I am just here for a few days and didn’t want to tank the van up here sucking big time gasoline.. had a nice drive across the Mojave desert at 2am with the cruise control set for mach 1... headed for the cafe right off and ran into big Dave Turner who is about to blast on one of his new obscure lines connecting heretofore undetected features with miles of hope and prayers. Got down to the Bridge later in the morning and started some shooting... the wall is pretty active as you will read below, and the weather was pretty nice after several days of sweltering heat. A nice breeze came up in the afternoon and it was downright pleasant! So without further fanfare here it comes to you fresh from the towel that Hans Florine’s kids were using at the swimming hole... the ElCap report for Today...

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