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!

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

1) Maria bivied on Peanut Ledge and had the pitch above well in hand when I arrived at 9am to photograph her.  Here she is turning the small roof to the belay on that pitch.






























2)  Later in the day, I saw her on the next to last pitch. Here she is cleaning the pitch off Peanut.  I would guess she will be off later this evening.  Yeah Maria!!!






























3)  Lower down, my friend, Ko, climbed into the Circle, while I was shooting.  Here he is on the easy climbing to the Circle.



























4)  After a small delay, he was soon in the white rock of the Great White Circle.






























5)  High on the Trip, I spotted Irish Paul breaking down his bivy and he was soon on his way.































6)  Lower down, Kenny and Dylan were spotted on the VA portion of the Trip.  It was cold and windy all over the Cap today.






























7)  On Gulf Stream, Neil is moving along nicely.  Here he is at his bivy this morning… Flags are big on the Cap these days!





























8)  Over on the Nose, a few teams were in evidence.  This is a three-person team with no bags, only packs.  They are not so swift but kept plugging along.  They are either on a push, or maybe a one bivy ascent.






























9)  I last spotted the above team at Texas Flake around 3pm.






























Higher up on the Nose the “worst dressed team of the season” topped out early this afternoon.  Another team climbed from Camp 4 to 5 while I was there.

Lower down, a team attempted to gain the Legs and soon bailed.


10)  Dan and Clay, are now on the route.  Here Dan is leading the Roof pitch this morning.





























11)  They soon were at the belay above the Roof and then Dan lead the long pitch to the base of the Groove.



























Freerider:  I did see a couple of guys climb and fix the Hollow Flake this morning.


12)  The small meadow crew is seen in this shot, taken early this afternoon.  Preston, Stu, and Matt hung with me all the time I was shooting. 





























In other news:  I reached the venerable age of 72 today.  It is also Brad Gobright’s birthday!  He is like…maybe…24.

So that’s the way it is, on this Thursday, the 16th day of June, 2016.

Capt. Tom…I hope a little older and wiser today.



Happy Belated Birthday Tom!

I hope you had an awesome day!

Robert Camp

Congrats and happy birthday

Congrats and happy birthday Brad


Happy Birthday Tom!!! All the

Happy Birthday Tom!!!
All the best



Happy Birthday Tom and Brad! Keep up the good work!




Happy Birthday Tom! Brad is 28 and had a big day. Hope you two can share a birthday coffee. Thanks for the beta
Pam and Jim Gobright

Kenny and Dylan

I'm friends with Kenny and Dylan and Kenny said he would pay you for some good photos once they're done on the trip. Also fun fact, the American flag Kenny and Dylan have is another buddy's flag that received the flag after being injured in the war and flown over the white house for him!

I think Obama is in the

I think Obama is in the Valley for the weekend. I'm guessing he's not staying in the WOBs.

Touron/Cubicle Puke

One of the coolest experiences of my life was happening to be in Yosemite during the dawn wall climb and getting to see it up close (most graciously) through your camera screen along with the most entertaining education on Yosemite decimal system and all that goes with it. I ended up learning more and taking up the sport, though nothing like the level that we get to see every day through your photos. I know I speak for so many people who can say it is honestly a highlight of my day to look at your photos and read the commentary.

So, I say all that to say this - Happy birthday, Tom!

-Jeff in TN

Any thing going on today?

Will secret service make climbers come down off the Captain?


Hey Tom, Great to see Stu and Matt in the meadows with you. Wish I was there having a beer as well. Man, those guys on Tribal flew up the route. Good job! Maria sends Zodiac - Congrats! And....the guys on the triple in a day. Way beyond my imagination (and skill). Have fun withe the POTUS. See if you can get a shot of yourself with him. :)


Anyone on Golden Gate?

Happy b-day. Have you seen anyone on Golden Gate in the past several days?


Happy BDay Tom!!!!!!


Thanks for giving us cubicle pukes some much needed vertical dreaming material. You kick ass. Cheers!