ElCap Report 6/22/13

ElCap Report 6/22/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… We did it again folks, another perfect day to be climbing ElCap!  I hear the weather calls for some rain by early in next week.  Maybe… maybe not!  Most of the action is still on the big trade routes and I suppose that is how the season is going to finish out.  I will be finishing the Reports for this season on this Monday, the 24th. 

So you have a couple of days, to get used to the idea …. cold turkey bro… cold turkey!

ElCap Report 6/21/13

ElCap Report 6/21/13

By Tom Evans

Yo…Need I say, that the weather was perfect today?!  Well it was, and climbers on ElCap made good use of it.  The Nose and Salathe are empty from half height, down.  Want to do that NIAD before the Cap is hot enough to melt lead?  The season is rapidly coming to a close, so you better do it now Bro!

ElCap Report 6/20/13

ElCap Report 6/20/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Whoa, another splendid day, of climbing on ElCap, is in the books!!  This is the best Spring weather I have seen in years.  The breeze is cool and the sun warm.  Action is heating up on the SE Face, thus the SW Face is getting very jealous!  Where are all the Freerider’s and Salather’s hiding?  What about the Shield and other Headwall climbs?  If you don’t do them, then who will?  The ElCap Report will be closing out for the season before you know it, and you will miss all the fun and glory!

ElCap Report 6/19/13

ElCap Report 6/19/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Another gorgeous, Fall like day, here in Yosemite.  Not a trace of smoke until around 2pm when the west wind brought some in, from the Mariposa fire.  There was quite a bit of climbing going on today, so I am going to get right to the details.

ElCap Report 6/18/13

ElCap Report 6/18/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Another day of smoke filled skies befell us.  At first I figured Chongo had returned, and was holding a safety committee meeting under the Bridge!   However, no matter how hard the wind blew, the skies stayed smoked up.  Thus the opportunities for great shots were severely curtailed.  I did manage to capture a few images, in spite of the smoke.  So put down that smoke generator you are puffing on, hit a breath mint, and come on out to the Bridge with me and the Crew!

ElCap Report 6/17/13

ElCap Report 6/17/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Not so nice today, as I arrived at the Bridge to find a smoke filled sky this morning.  It hindered my shooting for the first half of the day but later blew off to the east.  There was a stiff wind, up high on the Cap, that kept things cooled off. 

ElCap Report 6/16/13

ElCap Report 6/16/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Splendid weather continues to dominate the late part of the season.  I’ve been shooting a lot of shots these days, but most of the good ones are in the morning or evening, as the midday light is very severe.  The Nose had a lot of action on it but all the SW Face routes are empty at the moment… Hello?  This is the time to get up on the Shield, Salathe, 3D or anything else that suits you. 

ElCap Report 6/15/13

ElCap Report 6/15/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… The great weather continues to hold, as more and more climbers are taking the opportunity to get on ElCap.  With just a few weeks left of the Spring season this just might be your last chance to climb the Cap, in good conditions.  So grab your kit and make a dash for the car… tell the family you are going out for ice cream and that it may take a while before you come back!  It works every time!!  Just ask my two ex-wives! 

ElCap Report 6/14/13

ElCap Report 6/14/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… One couldn’t ask for better weather than we are having right now.  Mornings have blue skies with beautiful clouds and afternoons seem to cloud over and get nicely cool.  There is climbing going on but mostly on just a few of the Big Trades.  So you are going to get a lethal dose of the Big Three. 

Also…listen up Noobs… the Nose has turned into a parking lot of late, because all you noobs want to do it, but haven’t figured out that it is NOT Easy!  Here are a few common mistakes I’ve observed lately. 

ElCap Report 6/13/13

ElCap Report 6/13/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… Today was absolutely one of the most beautiful Spring days I have ever seen, with cobalt blue skies, air clear as crystal, sun warm but not hot, and good company in the EC Meadow all day! Yep, it doesn’t get better than this! The action was mostly on the Nose and Zodiac but other routes are prepped and ready to go.

ElCap Report 6/12/13

ElCap Report 6/12/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well, there were no cooling clouds to make the day better for climbing or photography.  I hear we are to have a cooling trend in the next few days.  Summer will be here soon enough and that will put an end to the climbing season and the Report.  So stay tuned while we still have some good climbing going on.

ElCap Report 6/11/13

ElCap Report 6/11/13
By Tom Evans
Yo…Early in the morning we had some pretty cool clouds over ElCap but as the day progressed a thick layer developed. I loved it!! Those clouds made for some cool shooting and it was my day off, so I could give my full attention to the scene. The Nose was a nightmare and will continue to be so for a couple more days. I took a lot of shots so it is getting late and I need to get this Report on the books.

ElCap Report 6/10/13

ElCap Report 6/10/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… Remember that blistering weather I have been reporting?? Gone! Today dawned with partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. I had the day off from the Bridge and had a nice time shooting from a favorite shot in the EC Meadow. I think the rush to the Captain will be on tomorrow. Not a whole lot of action one the Cap today. So…..

ElCap Report 6/9/13

ElCap Report 6/9/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… Steaming hot morning here, with 40% chance of a thunder storm this evening. Showers didn’t materialize but a large cloud parked itself over the Captain early this afternoon and the relief was immediate. Before that it was a race to the deck! A three man team bailed from ECTower, and were quickly followed by a two man Euro team. Lower temperatures forecast for the immediate future! Everyone else stayed up on the hill, as some were higher and others were packing extra water.

ElCap Report 6/8/13

ElCap Report 6/8/13
By Tom Evans
Yo…. Today was interesting, with a temperature of 105 at the SAR Hq and 5 hours over 100 degrees. So it was miserable on ElCap and you could sure tell. I saw no one left of the Nose, but didn’t go out to the western part of the ElCap meadow, to see who was cooking, over by Lurking Fear. No one was climbing very fast today. So, not a lot of shots to get, or for you to see.

ElCap Report 6/7/13

ElCap Report 6/7/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… Very warm today, with no saving afternoon clouds, to cool things off. Some interesting things happened today so be sure to read further and look at the shots! Actually, not many climbers on the face today so this will be rather thin … but be sure to look at it!

ElCap Report 6/6/13

ElCap Report 6/6/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… More hot and humid, but the afternoon clouds come drifting down from the high country, and shade the great rock. Right now, it looks a lot like we will get a shower out of storms active in the high country… but nothing so far! Lots of action on ElCap, so I will get right to it.

ElCap Report 6/5/13

ElCap Report 6/5/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… Warm today, with considerable humidity. We had another of those magic clouds appear over ElCap late in the afternoon, and a thunderstorm threatened but evaporated. About 30 climbers were on the wall today. The throngs still cling to the Big Trade Routes, while the more adventurous seek less traveled fare. 

ElCap Report 6/4/13


ElCap Report 6/4/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… It started out sunny and warm, and about noon, a big cloud parked itself over ElCap and the temperature went down, and the light was great! I had the day off, so I parked myself in the meadow, in the company of several friends. I shot and we talked about what climbers usually talk about. Use your imagination! The light was everything it wasn’t yesterday and when the shade came on the details came out and the shadows vanished. Love these cloudy days!

ElCap Report 6/3/13

ElCap Report 6/3/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… Hot and muggy in the Valley today. I had the day off from the Bridge, so I hoofed it out to the EC Meadow and hid under a tree, while I shot. The conditions made for a lot of air turbulence, producing masses of swirling hot air that have the effect of a lens. A person can be standing right next to someone who is in perfect focus and yet that person can be an out of focus blob of color! The wind was up too and that shakes the big gun and adds to a lack of sharpness. Plus, the high position of the sun in the sky makes for long shadows, hiding details of the persons and their kit. Actually I hate to shoot in the Spring! Were it not for the ACP and the fact that my friends come to climb in the Spring, I would not be here. Now that I have all the excuses listed…. Just wait until Fall!!!

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