ElCap Report 10/12/12

ElCap Report 10/12/12

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The weather has not been much to talk about thus far. The “storm” is hardly that. Sprinkles every few hours with no real accumulation. People were climbing on the Captain today and you can read all about it below.

ElCap Report 10/11/12

ElCap Report 10/11/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather is the story here… storm threatened… storm came … barely a drizzle for only a couple of hours.  We haven’t had any rain all season, so we needed a good one to settle the dust and clean my van.  When I arrived at the Bridge, around 9am, the sky looked like the world was going to end… but nothing happened until about 11.  Then, a few periods of light drizzle ended with partly cloudy skies around 2pm.  That said, the teams on the wall were ledged up, ready for the worst.  The whole thing is supposed to pass by mid day tomorrow.  Rats!  I needed a day off!  It could still pour tonight!

ElCap Report 10/10/12

ElCap Report 10/10/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Nice in the mornings but windy and colder in the afternoons.  However, the base of the Cap finds very nice conditions, all day.  We have had a little shower this evening that mostly wet the pavement.  Rain is expected for tonight and showers for tomorrow.  The Captain is relatively empty at the moment with several teams climbing off before the light showers this evening.  I enjoyed shooting in mixed light today.  Bright shade from high clouds makes for some detailed shots into corners that would normally be blown out.  Tommy Caldwell and wife Becca arrived this morning to work his long standing project on the Dawn Wall.  He is partnered with Jonathan Seagrist for this Fall.  Best of luck Tommy and Jonathan!

ElCap Report 10/09/12

ElCap Report 10/09/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… lots of climbers still on the Stone.  However there looks to be a low probability that it could rain in the next couple of days.  So the cautious are holding back a bit while the driven are headed up.  The SE Face is still empty from Mescalito, east.  Polish hero, Marek Raganowicz, fresh from a epic ascent of the Polar Sun Spire, Baffin Island, is here to solo Native Son, starting in 2 days.  Old timer Mark Hudon, just down from Lost in America, is also going on Native Son, but with recently famous, Cheyne Lempe.  The whole face is empty and both teams are going on the same route!!  Such is Yosemite climbing!

ElCap Report 10/08/12

ElCap Report 10/08/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Cold weather arrived today on the back of a hard wind from the west.  The puffy’s were out and the ropes were whipping about on the SW Face’s Headwall.  However the action was good on the Cap and more teams are pressing forward.  Rain and possible snow are in the forecast for the end of the week.  So we will see what develops.  

ElCap Report 10/07/12

ElCap Report 10/07/12
By Tom Evans

Yo…Splendid weather has produced some great climbing and photos … so stay tuned for more of the same.  Traffic at the Bridge has slacked off in the Touron department but the number of climbers is growing.  
I am running real late today as I took many shots today so I will get right to it.

ElCap Report 10/06/12

ElCap Report 10/06/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow!!!  Fall is here and you know how they say to be careful what you ask for as you just might get it?  I got it!!  The thundering herds broke from the Bridge and the Captain is suddenly loaded to the brim!  So many climbers that I can’t keep track of what is happening on the Bigs.  Great light and some bright colors made for almost 300 shots today.  It has taken me over three hours just to process the images and pick the ones for the Report!  My file of shots to save numbers over 80 today!  Great stuff, but a lot of work and a late night at the computer.  Plus the Bridge was jammed with Tourons and I was glad that some of the Crew stepped up and took some questions.

ElCap Report 10/05/12

ElCap Report 10/05/12
By Tom Evans

Yo.. Changing weather is upon us.  High clouds, lower temps, cold winds, looks like Fall to me!  My favorite Sugar Maple is changing fast but not in the usual way.  The tips of the leaves get some color and then the rest of the leaf turns brown and the leaf falls off.  Not what I wanted to see!  The dry conditions have pretty much killed any hope of nice Fall colors.  So there will not be many leaf shots on the report this season.
Activity on the Cap seems to be inversely proportional to the temperature.
The Big Trades are drawing them in but spitting them out too.

ElCap Report 10/04/12

ElCap Report 10/04/12
By Tom Evans

Yo.. Much needed cooler weather has arrived.  Thus the Captain is getting some real action.  The Bigs have a lot of action on them and several of the other routes are getting hit too.  Today I didn’t set up the display at the Bridge as I needed some time off and it seems I am the only person willing to work for nothing.  I was super busy, shooting 240 shots, in excellent light.  It was serious fun!  So put aside your toils and take a break.  For a moment think of yourself as a climber and not some Cubicle Puke, chained to your desk… you are going to like these shots…. So let the fun begin!

ElCap Report 10/03/12

ElCap Report 10/03/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Improving weather is starting to bring teams up to the Captain.
Tomorrow is supposed to be really nice with cool breezes and warm sunlight.  Maybe Fall is finally coming to Yosemite.  Lots of action at the Bridge and on the Cap today.
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ElCap Report 10/02/12

ElCap Report 10/02/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Another hot, sunny day here in the Valley.  Seems like some people took my advice and decided to postpone their climb for a day or so.  Several teams wisely bailed in the heat.  But the weather is due for a change in just a couple of days, so get ready!  
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ElCap Report 10/01/12

ElCap Report 10/01/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Heat alert!!!  The temperatures are soaring, and the Cap is a large oven, cooking anyone not fully prepared for the the conditions.  
STAY OFF ELCAP FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS!!
The South West Face is almost impossible to climb in the afternoons, as is the upper east side, of the South East Face.
Climbers low on the Rock are mostly fixing and going down to return another day.  Smart move!  I saw 4 different parties come down today.
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ElCap Report 9/30/12

ElCap Report 9/30/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… The masses have assembled on the Big Trades, even though the weather remains warm and dry.  The Nose is loaded but the line is moving.  Zodiac is not far behind with three teams and a solo.  So this just might be the time to get out here and start working on that thic list!
The Facelift ends today with a dinner and the usual raffles.  It has been a great week and zillions of climbers have come out to support the event.  We have seen a lot of them passing by and hanging out at the Bridge.

ElCap Report 9/29/12

ElCap Report 9/29/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Continued warm, dry weather is forecast for several more days.  Sure not like any late September I have seen in several years.  The Facelift is wrapping up work today and tomorrow andd the big party tonight should be a good time for all.  Some new records were set in the past two days … read about them below.

ElCap Report 9/28/12

ElCap Report 9/28/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Fall, my Fall, why have you not fallen?  The dry, warm conditions continue to keep teams off the SW Face of the Captain and even the King is suffering some attendance problems.  Nothing to be done but stay in the late summer mode and keep take some extra fluids.  Most of the attention was high on the face and I did manage to get some sweet shots on great rock.  The show at the Facelift tonight features Cheyne Lempe, James Lucas, and what’s his name… ummm let me think… kind of obscure fella…got it!  Alex Honnold.  So I am going to go right to the action then to the show.

ElCap Report 9/27/12

ElCap Report 9/27/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Same old same old with the weather.  Will it ever rain again?  The rock is seeing some interest on the Big Trades with the exception of Genesis.  The Facelift has sucked some teams off schedule but they will have their day.  Fall colors are starting to come into form but have far to go yet.  The maples on N and S side drives are starting to turn yellow and my favorite Sugar Maple has a few leaves turning now but it is no where near what it will be in a week or two.  
Today’s ElCap Report…written just for you… unique in all the world!

ElCap Report 9/26/12

ElCap Report 9/26/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… The late summer weather continues for the foreseeable future… pretty warm up there but not blazing hot.  No rain in the forecast for as far out as can be predicted, with some accuracy.  The Big Routes are getting big attention with the Salathe still number one on the hit list.  The air is spectacularly clear and I am getting such good photos that I really look forward to processing the images at day’s end.  
Today’s ElCap Report…written just for you…unique in all the world!

ElCap Report 9/25/12

ElCap Report 9/25/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… More great weather has drawn climbers to the best of the best in the Big Wall department.  Uuuu Reeeaaallllyyy missed it, if you are not here!  But there will be a string of many more good days this season so come on out.
Facelift started today and in a bit I am going to the evening show to see the Reel Rock Tour show.  Lots of people have shown up to help out with the effort and more are needed, so come on out!

ElCap Report 9/24/12

ElCap Report 9/24/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Seems like Fall is in the air now.  Leaves are turning on the main drags but as usual in dry conditions the big oaks are just turning brown and falling off.  Maples and Aspen are saving the day so far.  The Facelift is about to start so the reports may be a bit late coming to you.  Nice conditions on ElCap and good routes are getting done.
Today’s ElCap Report…. written just for you… unique in all the world!

ElCap Report 9/23/12

ElCap Report 9/23/12   WOMEN’S NOSE RECORD ANNIALATED!!
By Tom Evans

Yo… Excellent climbing weather belies the number to teams on the Captain.  The Nose has one party above Sickle…Salathe has one party midway and the 4 Japanese working on freeing it are camped at Lung Ledge and not doing much…Zodiac is empty… so it goes.  Come on out… the days are getting shorter so take advantage while you can.
Today’s Elcap Report…written just for you…unique in all the world!

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