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!!!

ElCap Report 6/2/13

ElCap Report 6.2.13

By Tom Evans

Yo… It is getting warmer here and it made for a slow weekend.  We had a climbing accident on the East Buttress this afternoon and YOSAR responded with the appropriate action.  Official news release coming soon.  I spent the afternoon shooting the operation from the Bridge.

ElCap Report 6/1/13

ElCap Report 6/1/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm weather seems to have settled in now.  The temperatures on the cliff are not bad yet but could be soon.  Take extra water!!  One gallon a day per person is normal… in the coming conditions you might want to take 1.5 gallons/day.  We are having some good action on the Hill these days but we await climbers who will do more than just the big Trade Routes.  So come on down!!

ElCap Report 5/31/13

 

ElCap Report 5/31/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow!  Great Spring days have arrived, to tempt and permit wall climbers, from all over the world, to get it up…. their wall kit that is!  Now is the time to hit your stride on ElCap.  So where are you Pukes?  If you are reading this, you are, most likely, NOT in Yosemite.  So man-up or woman-up, whichever the case may be, and get your kit to the Valley.  Take advantage of the conditions and the fact that “Old Tom” is still alive and here to immortalize you through your digital image!  I ain’t going to live forever you know! 

ElCap Report 5/30/13

ElCap Report 5/30/13

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather keeps getting better and better and we are loving it!  Still not very many climbers on the climbs.  In fact the SE Face still has only one party on it and they are the invisible ranger team, so you can’t even see them!  The King is getting some action as is the Salathe.  Everything else awaits your presence.  I’m kinda rushed as I am doing laundry at the same time I am writing this …so ….

ElCap Report 5/29/13

ElCap Report 5/29/13
By Tom Evans
Yo..  Beautiful day here in Yosemite. Funny thing is that at 3:30am I heard the pitter patter of rain on the fly of my tent, and it continued on and off until after dawn. As a result, climbers who got up at 5 to get an early start on the Captain went back to bed, figuring the day was lost. Not the case as it cleared off by 6 and turned out to be just perfect for climbing. Interesting action on the South East Face of ElCap today… read about it below.

ElCap Report 5/28/13

ElCap Report 5/28/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… The so called “storm” everyone was quaking in their boots over, was a dud. So climbers are scurrying back to the base to get a place staked out. There isn’t much to report on today so I am going to include some scenics and a couple of climbing shots from the last few days.

ElCap Report 5/25 thru 27/13

ElCap Report 5/25 thru 27/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… You wouldn’t believe it unless you were here!  Everyone within 500 miles of Yosemite showed up this weekend! It took 1 hour 45 minutes to drive the 4 miles from the Bridge to the Lodge! Actually, the traffic people and rangers did a pretty good job with the situation, all things considered. Unfortunately for me, the first two days of the weekend, found the Bridge packed with Tourons and I was unable to get away from there until very late … so no reports for those days. The cliff has become nearly deserted today as there is a storm predicted to hit tonight.  Next morning.... the storm was nothing much and weather now solid for a week.

ElCap Report 5/24/13

ElCap Report 5/24/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… Wow!! Another beautiful day for climbing on the Captain. Sunny and cool conditions will not last much longer, as a storm is expected on Monday. It seems that Zodiac is still the climb to be on these days. Several climbers are taking a wait and see attitude before committing to blasting. Spring lighting is making for some difficult photography, but fortunately Capt. Tom knows all the tricks, to make shots work out right. BUT… help me out here climbers! The shadows are long and dark this time of year so … LOSE THE DAMN DARK SHIRTS AND PANTS!! They combine with the shadows to make humans look like long, dark blob. Do you really want a once in a lifetime shot of you to be a head with a dark blob for a body? Really?  You aren’t doing it for me…. I have a couple hundred thousand shots of climbers on ElCap and another blob shot just gets given to you not me! Women!!! Dress your man! 

ElCap Report 5/23/13

ElCap Report 5/23/13
By Tom Evans
Yo. Today we had a beautiful Spring day but it was kind of chilly and the wind was blowing pretty good too, although not as bad as yesterday. The story today was a lot of Zodiac and a little of the Nose. There are other routes going on but I was not in a position to see them directly… so… who knows?
The big weekend is at hand… remember… do not come to Yosemite this weekend…you will not be happy if you do!

ElCap Report 5/22/13

ElCap Report 5/22/13
By Tom Evans
Yo…  I arrived at the Bridge this morning to find a very strong, cold wind blowing hard from the West. The air was full of all kinds of particulate matter, brought from a great distance away. Climbers on the Nose’s lower third felt the blast the worst, and all were decked out in wind jackets and puffy’s. They all bailed!! Only climbers high on the route proceeded up the route. The wind has backed off, as I write the Report, and hopes are that it will not reappear in the morning.

ElCap Report 5/21/13

ElCap Report 5/21/13
By Tom Evans
Yo… The beauty of Spring weather continues to intrigue. There was lots of action on just a few of the routes today. Things are settling down a bit now after the terrible Sunday we had a couple of days ago. Erik Sloan is manning the Bridge on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for a while, giving me a much needed break. Some of the shots today are really neat so you are in for a treat… as if you aren’t always in for a treat! The climbing season is going good now and more climbers are expected around the first of June… so hold onto your helmets, big wall freaks!

ElCap Report 5/20/13

ElCap Report 5/20/13
By Tom Evans
 
Yo… another day of perfect climbing weather but due to recent circumstances the cliff is very vacant. The action these days is on the three most popular routes on ElCap. Of course, those routes are, the Nose, the Salathe, and Zodiac. So I am going to share the action with you.  At the end of this report is an analysis of yesterday's accident, as told to me my Marc Venery, the surviving member of the team.

ElCap Report 5/19/13

ElCap Report 5/19/13

By Tom Evans

 

Yo… it started out a beautiful spring day.  The three person mixed team on the Nose did the King Swing and was motoring along when I left.  There was a team on the Salathe that was doing well too.  I saw a wall team from yesterday climbing above Camp 5 this morning.

I arrived at the Bridge around 9:20am and was immediately approached by Ranger Ben Doyle who had reported that a call for help had come in from a party high on ElCap.  I set up my instruments and viewed the scene… I was horrified to say the least, and I will not go into any details at this time as an investigation is underway.  One of the team was killed in a fall.  Yosemite Search and Rescue immediately swung into action and did a “from the top” extraction of the deceased climber and is presently evacuating the surviving partner.  In all my 18 years of photographing climbers on ElCap I have never seen such a grisly, terrible scene. 

ElCap Report 5/18/13

ElCap Report 5/18/13

By Tom Evans

 

Yo… another spectacular day here in Yosemite Valley.  Sunny and cool, with clean, clear air, to shoot through.  Lots of action on the few routes being climbed, at the moment.  I heard from Dave Allfrey that he and Alex Honnold were going to pick some “Low hanging fruit” today.  Check it out below! 

Most of the teams on the Cap are nearing the top now, so we need some replacements!  That could be you, my faithful reader…. Where the hell are you?  Sitting home watching sports on the Tube?  Well man up, Puke, and show the world what you got!!  I can’t make you world famous if you aren’t in front of my 600mm Nikon f/4 lens.  Imagine the glory, and climbing groupies, you are letting slip away!

ElCap Report 5/17/13

ElCap Report 5/17/13
By Tom Evans
 
Yo… You know all that rain that seems to have everyone on edge these days? Well, it failed to materialize today. It was a beautiful day with a deep blue sky and   puffy white clouds sailing along! Perhaps now everybody will get off their butts and do some climbing on the Cap!! The people are here… minus the will to climb! Thus, today’s report is going to be on the thin side… live with it!!

ElCap Report 5/16/13

ElCap Report 5/16/13
By Tom Evans
 
Yo … I awakened, around 6:15 this morning, to find the sky a solid mass of high gray clouds. The forecast was for rain today… well 30% anyway. I motored down to the Cap around 9am and immediately went out west. With no deep shadows on cloudy days, I am able to shoot any face or feature without the harsh contrast of a sunny day. I was psyched! All the action was on the South West Face, from the Nose to the Salathe route.  
Stop browsing those other sites and stay here for a day of chilly, drab conditions but  good climbing on the Captain!

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