ElCap Report 9/22/2015

ElCap Report 9/22/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Continued heat and the Facelift are keeping the wall population in check.  The heat is supposed to break on Friday so we should have some good action on the hill from now on.  The showing of the Reel Rock Tour, at the evening Facelift, was well attended and everyone had a great time.  There was a little excitement in the meadow this afternoon…read about it below.

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1)  Pacific Ocean Wall:  Regan and Magda are moving along smoothly on the lower part of the route.





























2)  Regan on the lead.





























3)  Magda cleaning after letting the bags out.





























4)  Mescalito:  The Italian Team, we watched on the Trip last week, finished fixing to Stork ledge yesterday.  They are planning on starting in two days.






























5)  Nose:  Bronson and Shayna did an 11 hour NIAD.  Here Shayna is leading the pitch off Eagle Ledge to start one of her blocks.





























6)  There were a couple of teams lower on the route and this team continued to ECT while I was shooting.




























7)  3D:  Anita, Mike, and Pete topped out on the Nose part in mid afternoon.  Here they are at the start of the last pitch.






























8)  I spotted a two man French Team climbing the Half Dollar this morning.  The light was right and I was able to shoot right into the Half Dollar chimney... I thrashed up that thing on several occasions myself.






























9)  A real speedy team, dressed in white, cruised up the route and are seen here on the pitch to the Alcove.






























10)   At the Hollow Flake, a large contingent of climbing rangers and Dlack Diamond athletes are seen in this shot as they are starting a several day effort to clean all the “trash” on the route.  We all appreciate the effort!





























11)  Higher on the route I saw a two person team climbing above Sous le Toit ledge this morning.





























The woman’s Salathe in a Day (SIAD) team bailed from the top of Mammoth for various, good reasons.


The Fire!

12)  While part of the crew was hanging in the meadow, someone noticed some smoke in the middle of the meadow.   The crew ran to the scene of the fire and started putting it out.  Other people came running too and soon dirt and water were being put on the fire.





























13)  People working the fire.






























14)  The Fire Dept arrived on the scene and went into action.





























15)  The fire was pretty much under control by the time the ground crew went out and knocked down the last embers.






























16)  Dumb Ass move of the Day!!!!






























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

Capt. Tom