ElCap Report 6/11/16

ElCap Report 6/11/16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Today we had another great day for climbing and photography.  It was overcast all day and very cool too.  Lots of action to report on so let’s get right to it!!

ElCap Report 6/10/16

ElCap Report 6/10/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Today was one of the best days for climbing and photos that I have ever seen in ANY Spring season! I took more than 200 shots, on this cool and cloudy day.  Lots of action up on the Captain now but no real crowding. 

ElCap Report 6/9/16

ElCap Report 6/9/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Today was a beautiful day for climbing with high clouds and cooler temperatures.  Lots of action on the cliff but spread among several routes.  Triple Direct seems to be getting the most action these days...or maybe Double Direct would be more like it.  DD is the top two thirds of the 3D.  The first third is jugging and hauling the fixed lines to Mammoth Terrace.  Anyway, no matter how you do it, ElCap is a worthy investment of your time.

ElCap Report 6/8/16

ElCap Report 6/8/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Continued good weather is driving the season onward.  We had a nice set of clouds come through and keep the wall cool for most of the day.  The Big Three were sparsely populated but the bottom of the King is seeing some action.

ElCap Report 6/7/16

ElCap Report 6/7/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Sunny and warm.. keep saying that and you have the weather for the next several days here in Yosemite. Still not a lot of action up on the Cap.  The Nose remains empty, with the exception of a few teams on the intro pitches to Sickle… no one went above Sickle today.  The Salathe/Freerider seems to be getting the attention these with three teams sending it over the last few days.  We did have a nice SIAD today… read about it all below!

ElCap Report 6/6/16

ElCap Report 6/6/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather seems to have settled in at clear and warm.  A nice breeze made today bearable.  There was only one party on the Nose today and you will get to see what happened to them lower down.  The other routes are sparsely populated, if at all. 

ElCap Report 6/5/16

ElCap Report 6.5.16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Sunny and warm weather dominates the scene here in the Valley.  TER’s are arriving today from Korea… always a good time when they are here.  Lots of action on the cliff today with a nice NIAD thrown in for good luck.

ElCap Report 6/4/16

ElCap Report 6.4.16

By Tom Evans

Yo… It started out clear and hot but soon high clouds covered the sky and a nice breeze came up and life was bearable again!  The weekend traffic kept me from doing this report on time but here it is now.  Interesting action on the Cap today… read about it below.

ElCap Report 6/3/16

ElCap Report 6/3/16

By Tom Evans

Yo..  Still sunny and warm but not quite hot.  The Cap has parties scattered about but no route is really crowded.  Another weekend is upon us and like last weekend I may or may not be able to get a report out each day.  We are still awaiting news about the woman’s solo in a day attempt yesterday.

ElCap Report 6/2/16

ElCap Report 6/2/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… The beautiful, but warm, days have arrived.  Too hot really but if nothing else climbers are persistent and don’t let a little heat hold them back.  The traffic in the Valley is already back to weekend levels with few places to park.. so plan accordingly.  Bikes and the shuttle buses are the only way to get around after noon, from Friday to Monday.  Interesting climbing going on up on the hill.  Stay tuned for all the latest breaking news.

ElCap Report 6/1/16

ElCap Report 6/1/16

By Tom Evans

Yo…Excellent warm weather is here and the Cap is seeing a lot of action… so come on out with Capt. Tom and get all the latest from our favorite rock in the world! 

ElCap Report 5/31/16

ElCap Report 5/31/16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The excellent weather continues to reinvigorate the spring climbing season.  Lots of action on the cliff today, so pay attention Cubicle Pukes.. there will be a test at the end of the report!  Brad and Jim did the Nose/Salathe yesterday in a total of 18 hours.. pretty good! 

ElCap Report 5/30/16

ElCap Report 5/30/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Excellent, warm, cloudless weather has arrived in Yosemite.  Too bad, as cloudy days make the best shots in the spring and keep the crews cool.  Some interesting action on the Captain today.. read all about it below.

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Zodiac:  Craig is the new solo on the route and is moving along real well.  He climbed into the Circle and was at the Nipple pitch when I left.

ElCap Report 5/29/16

ElCap Report 5/29/16

By Tom Evans

Yo…The weather continues to be great, until the late afternoon when thunder storms appear. The past few days the forecast has been spot on.  Clouds rolled in from the north this afternoon and a few droplets landed before I departed around 2:30 pm.  Since the holiday weekend is still on, I went straight to the Ranch, instead of dealing with the traffic.  Things should be better tomorrow!  Some big events are in the immediate future but reporting them in advance might jinx the plans.. so … stay tuned.

ElCap Report 5/28/16

ElCap Report 5/28/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Rain is back in the forecast but many teams are too high to come down.. so a little luck is in order!  The day started sunny with blue skies.  Later in the afternoon some very dark clouds moved down from the high country and were very threatening by the time I departed.  Strange as it seems the rock is nearly empty.  The Nose is clear all the way from the deck to camp 5.  Other occupied routes have a party or two on them.  The Valley is congested and the car traffic at a standstill.  This afternoon I left the meadow and went straight out of the park to the Ranch.

ElCap Report 5/27/16

ElCap Report 5/27/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Spectacular weather continues to make up for weeks of uncertainty as the climbing season really takes off.  Sunny and warm today with a cooling breeze on El Capitan.  So pay attention fans, cubicle pukes, senders, and pretenders.  Cool happenings today along with some unexpected events.  Remember the weekend is here and the crowds are poised to crush Valley attendance records… so beware of getting caught in the congestion.

ElCap Report 5/26/16

ElCap Report 5/26/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… The improved weather forecast has driven the multitudes toward ElCap. No rain today but a lot of clouds floated overhead.  The weekend is coming soon and the traffic around the loop is pretty congested already.  So heed the warning and stay away this weekend! 

THE WEEKEND WILL PRESENT PROBLEMS FOR ME TO DO THE REPORT SO YOU MAY NOT SEE ANYTHING FOR A FEW DAYS.. DEPENDS ON THE TRAFFIC AND MY ABILITY TO GET FROM EC TO THE LODGE.  I WILL BE HERE SHOOTING AND WILL CATCH UP WHEN I CAN.  THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

ElCap Report 5/25/16

ElCap Report 5/25/16    
By Tom Evans
Yo.. Well here we are again ElCap fans!  I delayed my coming up to Yosemite due to the weather forecasts that turned out to be mostly wrong!  I drove up yesterday and as soon as I reached the park boundary the rain started.  I headed to ElCap to see just what was going on up there.  There were 4 or 5 parties scattered across the face.  I took a few shots and left to set up camp at the Ranch.  After a good night’s sleep I headed to ElCap to photograph whomever I could see.  The day started well enough, although unseasonably cool. 

ElCap Report 10/20/2015

ElCap Report 10/20/15  This is the last report of the Fall season.

By Tom Evans

Yo… It is very windy this evening....the first time I can recall the wind severely buffeting tents, in camp 4.  Hopefully those up high can get out of it tonight.  It should abate by morning.  The climbing season is far from over but my reporting season is over today, due to other obligations.  I will still be around shooting ElCap until I leave on the 26th of this month.  If you have enjoyed the commentary and hundreds of shots I have posted this season, then please consider donating to the site, as I have spent several thousand bucks on better lenses and cameras and it is very expensive staying here in Yosemite.  Your interest in those on ElCap, and the shots I post, are what have made this site what it is… thanks for your support!

ElCap Report 10/19/2015

ElCap Report 10/19/15

By Tom Evans

Yo..  It was a dreamy morning, down by the Captain.  I stopped by for a few shots before going out shooting for Adidas.  The waterfalls are going now .. but for how long, I know not.  The Cap is getting the rush on the big trades.  Here are a few shots from this morning.

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