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.

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

1) Zodiac is getting some attention these days with soloist Ko finishing the route tomorrow.  Here he is on the MOZ pitch a couple of days ago.






























2)  Here Ko is climbing the pitch to Peanut Ledge this morning.





























3)  Irish Paul climbed off the Trip this morning, after a well done ascent.  Here he is heading to the first bolt ladder.





























4)  Lower down on the Trip, Kenny and Dylan are cruising along at a slow but steady pace.  Here they are climbing off the slab pitch.






























5)  Here they are on the first lead of the day this morning.  Dylan out front I think.






























6)  Over on Gulf Stream, Neil says it is really difficult and he has several more days to do.  Here he is at his kit yesterday morning.






























7)  There has been very little action on the Nose.  Today this team took some falls on the Jardine but were persistent and were headed to the Gray Bands as I departed.






























8)  Yesterday I spotted the team of Zeb and Emma on Golden Gate.  It looked like a recon to me as they didn’t spend much time on each pitch and hung a lot.  Here they are on the Vertical Desert pitch.





























9)  The Salathe and Freerider were pretty busy but not up to usual standards. 






























10)  Salathe headwall.






























In other news:  There are few climbers left on the wall so I am going to post the Report as events warrant.  So stay tuned but don’t expect daily reports unless the amount of climbing increases.

So that’s the way it is, on this Sunday, the 19th day of June, 2016.

Capt. Tom… Still here…