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!

ElCap Report 5/15/13

ElCap Report 5/15/13

By Tom Evans

 

Yo… I know you have been going crazy, patiently awaiting the start of the ElCap Report, for 2013.  Relax, all you Cubicle Pukes, your salvation is at hand!  I have been here a week, getting things set up and figured out, and I have been shooting some too.  As you old timers know, I don’t pull any punches when it comes to telling you about the Contenders and the Pretenders.  If you haven’t, then be sure to read the “disclaimer” on the home page!!  So drop what you are doing, saddle up, and catch all the action on ElCap.  Brought to you by your man, at the famous “ElCap Bridge,” Captain Tom!

 

ElCap Report 10/30/12

ElCap Report 10/30/12

By Tom Evans

Yo... This is a collection of photo's I took on my last day in Yosemite this season. 

Click on the link to my facebook page to view them.  Then click on the first shot to see it in a larger size, and after that just hit the arrow on the right side of the shot to get to the others.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.416142715105807.95972.100001302456461&type=1

 

ElCap Report 10/23/12

ElCap Report 10/23/12

Special Late Season Storm Report

By Tom Evans

Yo… The storm came, as predicted, and was stronger than expected.  In this report you will get the latest climbing news and get to see scenic shots I took today.  Many teams finished just before the storm and a few didn’t and are still up there.

ElCap Report 10/20/12

ElCap Report 10/20/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… The warm days and nights continue, soon to be gone it would appear.  A serious storm is approaching and will be here in a couple days.   Most climbers have gotten the word so there isn’t a rush to the rock now.  I talked to Tommy Caldwell today and he said they were holding off on the project until after the storm.

I have reached the end of the regular Report Season and from now on will be posting some shots and happenings, randomly, until I leave in early November.  I will still be shooting daily, so if you are on the Cap you can expect to get some shots after your climb.  I want to thank everyone who has supported the site with donations and encouragement.  The donations have made the Report, and working at the Bridge, possible for me.   I would be hard pressed to continue this project of mine without your generous support.  Many thanks!!  

ElCap Report 10/19/12

ElCap Report 10/19/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… So it continues… perfect weather for early September but not late October!  ElCap can hold a lot more climbers, that’s for sure.  Looks like maybe next week sometime there is a slight chance for showers and then more of the same.  Tommy and Jonathan were climbing on Mikey’s new route, on Middle today, instead of working on the project on EC.  The right side seems to be getting more traffic now as the left side is drying up a bit.

ElCap Report 10/18/12

ElCap Report 10/18/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm, warm, warm seems to be the mantra these days.  Rumor has it that by Monday we may get some rain/snow here in the Valley.  I guess that would be a good thing, as long as it doesn’t close out the climbing season.  A lot of routes are being done now, but there are not that many climbers on the wall.   Enjoyable day of photography and hanging at the Bridge, with various heroes of recent ascents of the Captain.

ElCap Report 10/17/12

ElCap Report 10/17/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Seems like the, “no shirts allowed”, rule is gaining popularity on the Captain these days.  It is beautiful at the Bridge but a bit warm on the cliff.  Still the teams come to climb the great rock.  The team of Dave Allfrey and Alex Honnold did get the record time on Lunar Eclipse yesterday, as predicted.  The old record was around 17 hours and they crushed that one down to a very stiff 11:22...low hanging fruit indeed! 

No big news on the cliff today, but for a lot of climbers it was a great day.  Those are “my folks”, the unknown climbers who come out and give it their best shot and come away with wonderful memories of a great climb.  No one is going to put their picture on the cover of any magazines or pay them to give shows.  Here on the report, they get a few fleeting moments of fame, and some shots to hang on the wall at home.  Sometimes I wonder where they get the desire and energy to come out, often off the couch, and grind out day after day on a big route…just for their own satisfaction.  So, today’s Report is dedicated to all those unknown climbers, who come out here at great expense and effort, to chase a nearly impossible dream.  Good for you!!

ElCap Report 10/16/12

ElCap Report 10/16/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Supposedly the weather for the next 10 days will be sunny and ZERO chance of precipitation.  However, it is unseasonably warm.  So be warned and take extra water!  So much going on now that it is hard to keep up with who is on what.  The lighting is wonderful, so I am staying longer down at the Bridge and out west so I may be late getting the Report out…perhaps the next morning.  Lots going on today, so I will get right into it.

ElCap Report 10/15/12

ElCap Report 10/15/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… The great days continue one after another, here in the Ditch.  Perfect Fall weather seems to have set in for some time.  Good activity on the cliff too.  These next two weeks will determine what kind of a season we have and thus far things are looking exceptional.  So come on out and enjoy some of the greatest granite in the world, in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. 

Don’t forget the 50th anniversaryof the first ascent of the Dihedral Wall, to be celebrated this Saturday

 night, at 6:30pm, in the East Auditorium, here in Yosemite.  Ed Cooper will be giving a show about the ascent and other things too. 

So be sure to come on out to this YCA sponsored event.

ElCap Report 10/14/12

ElCap Report 10/14/12

By Tom Evans

 

Yo…Continued excellent weather is bringing them out in droves now.  However, bailers are flourishing too!  The ElCap shuttle is a thing of the past, for the Fall season, so make arrangements to get your kit down to the Cap.   A little warm today, with very moderate winds.  Nights are pretty chilly but not as cold as the typical Fall night.

ElCap Report 10/13/12

ElCap Report 10/13/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow! The weather cleared last evening and today was just sensational! The definitive Fall day here in Yosemite. The line up is full of cars and the routes are getting so much action that it is difficult to keep track of what is going on. The ElCap Shuttle ends tomorrow so factor that into your plans. I took over 200 shots today and under my “Best of the Day” were 48 shots… for space reasons, I can’t use a lot of the shots I liked so the ones below are representative of the days work. The lighting was fantastic, so you are in for some cool stuff.

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