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.  
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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.  
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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.
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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.
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ElCap Report 9/22/12

ElCap Report 9/22/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… A fine day here in the Valley with thin, high clouds and cooler temperatures.  Looks like 70’s forever in the forecast.  Loving it!
WOMAN’S NOSE RECORD ATTEMPT TOMORROW MORNING.
Action slacking off on the Cap as many teams are reaching the top today or early in the morning.
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ElCap Report 9/21/12

ElCap Report 9/21/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Getting cooler by the day here in the Glory Hole.  Nice action today and as an added bonus the air was super clear… that’s why I love the Fall and not the Spring.  In Spring the air is full of pollen, moisture, particulates, and heat waves… not to mention the horrible angle of the sun.  Today was really sweet!  I wish you could see the high rez shots of the report shots today.  They are 18mgs but compressed to around 400kb.  Too bad for you and for me as today’s shots are super crisp and pop out on the screen.  Those of you who climbed today and get the shots are lucky climbers!

ElCap Report 9/20/12

ElCap Report 9/20/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cooler with some high clouds today. The Nose frenzy continues to dominate the scene so will get the most shots on the Report. Plus you are going to get some more of the “Golden Oldies” from the Iron Age!

So flop down in your most comfortable chair, crack a cool one, and relax while you read about climbers who are doing anything but relaxing! Here it comes … wait …. Wait for it…. Yeah…

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ElCap Report 9/19/12

ElCap Report 9/19/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Our long national nightmare is finally over …. The Nose is jammed with climbers and other teams are showing up daily! Still a bit on the warm side with the nights cooling off a bit. Plenty of action on the cliff today and there will surely be more in the immediate future.

Mayan Smith-Gobat and Chentel Astorga made a practice run on the Nose today in preparation for a shot at the record in the next few days.  BUT....Read about it below!!

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ElCap Report 9/18/12

ElCap Report 9/18/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Nicer weather every day, and more climbers heading up to the great rock. However, the trees are blocking our view of some teams. I have asked the NPS to cut down about 12 trees so the view from the Bridge would be improved… they sent a psychiatrist to verify that I am, indeed, crazy! So there are teams still to be reported on when they come into view.

ElCap Report 9/17/12

ElCap Report 9/17/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… another sweet day here, clear and not so hot. Interest in the Cap is picking up as it seems more teams are moving toward the rock.

There isn’t much to report, so this one will have to be shorter than I would like. I will make up for it in future reports!

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ElCap Report 9/16/12

ElCap Report 9/16/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… A lazy Sunday here at the Bridge and on ElCap. The weather has cooled off somewhat and we need for YOU to get your butt in gear and come on out to do that route you always wanted to send. Not a lot to report so I am going to post some shots from earlier this week before I started the report for this season. A real treat for you… part of my “Mr. Nice Guy” policy.

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ElCap Report 9/15/12

ElCap Report 9/15/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Today I start what will be a lot of Reports for the Fall season. The long, hot days of summer are just about over. The Cap has seen some action this past week and we soon expect it to be burgeoning with climbers. BUT take heed, potential ElCap climbers. It is still pretty warm up there and only the most physically able to climb in the heat should be on the wall now. Thus, as you can imagine, the wall is pretty empty at the moment. In this report I will write about the climbers presently on the wall and some of those who have recently made noteworthy ascents… So saddle up, Cubicle Pukes, and get on board for the ride of a lifetime these next few weeks… I am here and you can be too, if only in cyberspace!

ElCap Report 6/23/12

ElCap Report 6/23/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow!…Fall has really fallen here! Windy, very chilly here at the Bridge today … quite unusual for this time of year. The season is closing out now and this will be the last “scheduled” Report. I will keep shooting as long as I am here, so if you are interested in shots, then be sure to contact me. I may write or post something, if anything interesting or extraordinary happens… so stay tuned. It has been a pretty interesting season with a couple of speed records on the Nose and some other great climbing. As best I can judge, Alex Honnold had the best season of any climber in the history of Yosemite climbing. Our congratulations go out to him!

ElCap Report 6/22/12

ElCap Report 6/22/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Perfect temperatures today as it was Fall in Summer for a change. The wind was pretty stout in the afternoon, however. The Captain is kicking butts these days. In the last several days, out of 6 teams that went on the Cap, only 1 remains! The Korean Extreme Riders Trip Team is the only one left on the wall! Good job ElCap!! Some replacements have arrived and, hopefully, will fare better than previous teams crushed by the Captain.

ElCap Report 6/21/12

ElCap Report 6/21/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… warm today but without the smoke of yesterday.  The light was not the best today, nor was the action on the Cap, so this will be a brief report.

ElCap Report 6/20/12

ElCap Report 6/20/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well it started out well enough with clear skies and nice breezes… The boys in the puzzle palace decided that it was a perfect day… warm, strong breezes, low humidity, dried forest … Yep! Perfect day for a controlled burn! By 2pm the air was thick with smoke, born into the Valley by the seasonal west wind. Seems that the term “controlled burn” is often an oxymoron around the Western United States. Hopefully, the formulas and ground conditions will make this a good one. Much of Yosemite is in dire need of an aggressive burning program and I’m sure it wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t a good time. A small inconvenience for a few days, most likely.

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