ElCap Report 9/29/13

ElCap Report 9/29/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… It was another beautiful day here in big wall heaven.  Lots of interesting routes are getting attention.  The Nose is essentially empty now that the ladies are done … SETTING A NEW WOMAN’S SPEED RECORD, THIS MORNING!!  More about that below.  Many Bigs have shown up to climb on the Captain… Gerberding, Trotter, Caldwell, Leary, Smith-Gobat, Sharma, Cecil, Hillary, Harding…the list goes on!!  Do they know something you don’t?  Yes!!  They know that this is the time to get it on with the Captain…now, you know too!

ElCap Report 9/28/13

ElCap Report 9/28/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… It was an absolutely spectacular day here!  The Nose and Salathe saw most of the action today and most of the other routes were standard fare.  It is high season on El Capitan, so if you are coming to climb the big stone, now is the time.  I would go on and on with the usual spray but I have been slowly running out of energy these past few days and I sure need to get some rest.  So……

ElCap Report 9/27/13

ElCap Report 9/27/13

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The weather continues to be sunny but with a chilling wind up high and down below.  Lots of action on the Nose and Salathe.

We had a new mixed team speed record on the Nose and I will show several shots below. 

The last night of shows are going on tonight so I will cut to the chase so I can get to bed at some reasonable time tonight.

I also wanted to mention that Jim Bayer, if you didn’t read about it in a previous report, became the oldest person to solo ElCap by virtue of his recently completed Lost in America solo.  He was 57 years 11months at the time.  Congratulations to Jim!

ElCap Report 9/26/13

ElCap Report 9/26/13
By Tom Evans

Yo… Sunny, windy, and cold on the Captain today.  Lots of action, scattered around the cliff, in spite of the conditions.  Saturday is forecast to be the start of warmer weather.  I spent the shooting day in the EC Meadow shooting in windy and comfortable conditions.  So drop what you are doing and come along, up to the big stone, where the puffy’s were out and the ropes blew east.

ElCap Report 9/25/13

ElCap Report 9/25/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather and a mishap on the Nose are the news of the day.  It was unseasonably cold, with high winds today and the forecast rain is yet to appear.  Climbers in the wind prone areas were in expedition puffy’s all day while those in protected areas were comfortable with T-shirts.  We are expecting some nicer weather within the next couple of days.  The Nose is empty of teams wanting to climb to the top.

ElCap Report 9/24/13

ElCap Report 9/24/13

By Tom Evans

Yo…Nice day here but some clouds floated by later in the day, forerunners of some rain tomorrow afternoon I hear.  Not a lot of different routes being done on the great rock… mostly… you know the one… the King!  The Facelift is on now and the first program is tonight so this will be short and sweet.

ElCap Report 9/23/13

ElCap Report 9/23/13

By Tom Evans

Yo…We had another beautiful day here in Yosemite.  Lots of action of ElCap, so you will be seeing many pics on today’s Report.  The air was clear but surprisingly turbulent in the afternoon.  Remember, the Facelift starts tomorrow so get out here and pick up all that stuff that shouldn’t be on the ground.  We are expecting a big turnout this year.

ElCap Report 9/22/13

ElCap Report 9/22/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… We had a crystal clear day here in Yosemite.  Yesterday’s storm came and was gone by midnight.  It was strong enough to force several teams off the wall and make things interesting for those left on.  However, all the crews up there seemed ok today and moved steadily along.  Cool lighting made for some great shots all day long… so saddle up and ride high with old Capt. Tom. 

ElCap Report 9/21/13

ElCap Report 9/21/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… I got up this morning to clear skies and figured the bet I had with Blake Burwell, that there would be no rain today, was safe.  I cruised down to the Cap to do my daily shooting and secured a good spot in the meadow.  Soon clouds started streaming in from the south west and soon the sky was overcast and had a bad look to it.  I had fun shooting as a cloudy day is the best to get details without high contrast shade and sun.  About 1:30pm it really started looking grim so I made a dash for the Bridge and shortly thereafter the sky opened up and it has been pouring ever since.  I am afraid to even go to my tent and am holed up here in the Mt. Room Bar, doing the Report.  Camp 4 will be a swamp of wet misery.. oh the humanity!!

ElCap Report 9/20/13

ElCap Report 9/20/13

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Today, climbing continued on ElCap under very windy conditions.  The wind blew pretty hard from 10:30 to about 3pm today at the Bridge and one can only assume it was howling up higher.  However, I don’t think it caused any problems.  Tomorrow they are calling for a fair chance of rain, which would be very welcomed at this point. 

The leaves on Maples and Oaks are starting to turn now, but not like we want.  It seems the leaves are rapidly turning brown and then falling off the trees.  Not good!  The Sugar Maple, by the Chapel, is suffering the same fate thus far.

ElCap Report 9/19/13

ElCap Report 9/19/13

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Beautiful weather continues to send the crews marching to the Captain.  Lots of action on the Nose, but not much else.  I had a shot of Joe fixing the brakes on my van yesterday and hear that one can’t legally fix cars in the Valley.  I’m not sure if it is true, but you can see what a problem it could cause, so use the local garage for work requiring removing or replacing parts. 

The Face Lift is coming in a week or so and we would like all the help we can get to clean up the park.  Great entertainment is on hand with the premier showing of the film, “Assault on ElCap” kicking off the event.  If you have ever been to a Face Lift then you know it is a lot of fun and valuable prizes will be given away.

ElCap Report 9/18/13

ElCap Report 9/18/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cooler today with some high clouds.  The Cap had a fair number of climbers on it but could hold a whole lot more.  That means that all you “Real” climbers should plan on hitting it soon.  I need to get some sleep do I will dispense with the normal bull crap and get right to the Report.

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

ElCap Report 9/17/13

ElCap Report 9/17/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Spectacular day today with blue bird skies!  The action on the Captain is slacking off so all you “real wall climbers” get your butts out here.  The clock is ticking and I’m only getting older!  Tons of folks at the Bridge today and Erik Sloan hung in there, doing his usual good job.  In the early afternoon some Touron asked me a question (oh the humanity!) and I automatically went into my teaching mode, explaining about camming units and protection… after I realized what I had done, Erik asked if I was all right!  Old habits die hard!  Not my job anymore!!  These days I just hand off everyone to Erik or Roger and go about shooting!

ElCap Report 9/16/13

ElCap Report 9/16/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Great weather is drawing them to the Captain now.  Clear skies and mild days are the hallmark of the fall season, so come on out and enjoy the mid September days.  I got the website sorted out with my site manager, Chris Faulkenstein, this afternoon after shooting and we think it is working just right. 

Sorry about the small print but the program will not allow any different right now... we are working on it!

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

ElCap Report 9/15/13

ElCap Report 9/15/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Ok the Report is back and all your anxiety was for nothing!  Rumors abound around the Valley about my demise, but the Report lives on.  Still some smoke in the Valley from time to time but nothing we can’t deal with.  I arrived on the 12th of Sept. to see a cliff that was not getting much action but now things are on the move.  This report will cover the last 4 days, today included.  So take a break Cupcakes, Cubicle Pukes, Internet Climbers, and get ready for today’s report … ditch the kids, the spouse, the pets… because this is your time to head up on ElCap with old Captain Tom!

SPECIAL EDITION ELCAP REPORT 8/11/13

SPECIAL Edition ElCap Report 8/11/13

By Tom Evans

It is midsummer and I have been having an enjoyable time.  I have done some travelling and am presently visiting my son and his family in Phoenix.  However this report has nothing to do with those things.  After reading comments and responses written here and elsewhere, I feel the need to clarify some things and have rewritten my original report.  Once again I have edited some of my previous writings, as they were of a personal nature and I don't think they belong on the Report in the long term. The Report is a kind of history of Yosemite climbing and should only contain matters related to climbing.

Late Season ElCap Report 6/30/13

Late Season ElCap Report 6/30/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Climbing on ElCap did not stop when the Report stopped.  I am posting a few late season shots here for your viewing pleasure.  All the action has been on the Nose and Salathe, so that’s what we have here.

All of ElCap is now open to climbing.  Falcon restrictions lifted!  Mescalito etc. all open!

Special ElCap Report: Rescue on the Leaning Tower

Special ElCap Report:  Rescue off the Leaning Tower 6/25/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… I know..... I told you that I have stopped reporting for the Spring season… But we had a big rescue off the Tower yesterday, that was quite similar to a big ElCap rescue, so I thought I would give you my inside look at it.

It started with a call from a solo climber, Shane Houbart, who fell on the West Face Route.  He injured his lower back and didn’t feel he could make the overhanging rappels to the deck.  YOSAR swung into action early in the morning.

ElCap Report 6/24/13

ElCap Report 6/24/13

By Tom Evans

Yo…  The weather closed in this morning, and that sent several teams hustling for the top, or looking for a place to hide.  At the present time we are experiencing lots of low clouds but not a lot of rain.  It is chilly on the cliff, but not yet really cold.

Today’s is the last ElCap Report for the 2013, Spring season.  It has been a difficult season for all of us, as the odds finally came up again, and we lost two excellent climbers and really fine men.  We will remember Mason and Felix for their skill, humor, and character.  They will be missed. 

ElCap Report 6/23/13

ElCap Report 6/23/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Spectacular weather today both for the climbers and for me too!  A nice layer of clouds hung over the Captain all day today, making for some excellent, shadow free, photographs.  I always love a cloudy day here in Yosemite.  Remember that tomorrow will be the last Report for the season, BUT I WILL STILL BE AT THE BRIDGE, WORKING AND SHOOTING, UNTIL I LEAVE IN EARLY JULY.  If you are considering donating to the site, then that would be great, as it always helps me out and keeps my Report and photography going.  Any amount is greatly appreciated! 

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