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. 

Today’s ElCap Report…written just for you…unique in all the world!

Zodiac:  This great Charlie Porter route is seeing daily action this season.  Marie Parkes continues to move up the wall, doing a couple a day.  Lower down a Korean friend of mine and TER member, Mr. Ko, is solo on the route.

1) Maria is seen here taking a look at the next section of the MOZ pitch as the sun came on this morning.






























2) Here Maria is coming back to her kit after finishing the MOZ pitch.





























3 Lower down, Ko is setting up for the haul after finishing the third pitch.





























4) Over on the Trip, Irish Paul Brennan, is by now done on the VA part of the route.  Here he is working the last pitch to the junction with the Trip.






























5)  Lower down on the Trip, a TER team worked the second pitch today.





























6)  Gulf Stream:  Neil Chelton is making progress on this seldom even considered route.  He was grinding away all morning and into the afternoon to finish a pitch he has worked for a couple of days.  Here he is taking a break and giving his immediate future a hard look.





























7)  Tribal Rite:  The animals are charging!  Here they are this morning, as I got a long shot from Manure Pile Parking.






























8)  This shot is of part of the team at the start of the “rurp” pitch.  Roger is on lead somewhere out of view.  They were off the route by early evening… only two days on the Tribal part… ANIMALS!!





























9)  Several teams were on the Nose today including a NIAD I barely saw high on the route.  Here, one of the three teams who passed the KS, did so by the second lowering out the bag from Texas Flake and then using the haul line to pull himself over to Eagle.  The “trick” didn’t look to have saved them any time, but it was certainly worth a try.





























10)  Down lower, in the Legs, this team slowly worked their way over to the famous crack, after doing the classic pendulum into the Stovelegs.





























11)  These two of the teams ran together but didn’t delay each other.

































12)  A team of Colorado climbers, Dan and Clay, moved up the middle Muir this morning on their bid to do the Shield. 






























13)  High on the wall, the two neighboring teams from the Shield and Albatross finished the route this morning.































In other news:  Ok Pukes of all kinds… tomorrow could be the big day of the season….so stay tuned.


So that’s the way it is, for this Tuesday, the 14th day of June, 2016.

“Ansel” Evans… on duty… just for you!