ElCap Report 6/22/2015

ElCap Report 6/22/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Another spectacular day, with warm sun and a nice breeze.  There was some action on the cliff today and not just climbers.  I will be here for a few more days, so stay tuned to the Report for all the latest news.

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1)  Zodiac:  The Seoul Climbing School team climbed from the start of the MOZ and I think will reach Peanut Ledge late this evening.  They better because they have a plane to catch in a few days!  Here some of the team is waiting for the leader to finish the MOZ pitch.






























2)  Sea of Dreams:  I got this shot of Big Andy Kirkpatrick this morning, as he started the A3+ “Ace in Space” pitch.






























3)  After finishing the above mentioned pitch, Andy came back to the belay just as the shade was about on him.






























4)  A bit later Andy started cleaning the Ace in Space pitch.






























The rappeller’s were out again today and I got the next 4 shots of them at various points on the rock.  It looked interesting but scary to me!
























































































































9)  Over on the Real Nose I got to see Steve Schneider leading the cool pitch out on the edge of the Nose.  It is rated A3 and Steve had to do some gardening to make progress.  Heather belayed him at the stance at the end of the first pitch above the Gray Band.  Steve giving the ElCap Salute!





























10)  NIAD Link up:  Roger Putnam and partner flashed up the Nose in a tad more than 7 hours this morning and after a lunch at the Bridge headed off to do Half Dome!  They should be off by dark!  This is Roger on the top part of the Pancake flake.






























There were a couple of teams low in the Legs, this afternoon.  One of them made Dolt Tower by 2:30pm and may be surprised if they go for ECT!  The junk show commands that ledge at this time.


11)  Aquarian:  Dave Allfrey, Ben Doyle, and Luke Holloway set out early this morning to get the speed record on this “Low hanging fruit” route.  Ben is in the red shirt, Dave and Luke in blue.  Don’t say that aid climbers have no grace.  Dave shows his style on the overhang a couple above Timbuktu.






























12)  Here the whole team is in view.






























In other news:  The weather has not been as hot as predicted and we have had a nice west wind to keep the temps down.  There are still a few days left before the summer closes out the season for all but the most desperate of climbers.

So that’s the way it is, for this Monday, the 22nd day of June, 2015.

Capt. Tom… still hanging around!