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.

ElCap Report 10/18/2015

ElCap Report 10/18/15  Pictures have been added!  Check them out!

By Tom Evans

Yo…Horrendous weather has befallen us, here in Yosemite.  Torrential rains have pounded the Valley for a full day now and once again the falls are roaring. Camp 4 is a swamp of misery.  Around 2am this morning I heard a low rumble, far out to the west.  Soon a storm cell exploded over ElCap with tremendous thunder and intense lightning. Thunder was soon reverberating around the valley and I can assure you no one slept through it.  It continued raging until 5am, when a steady rain resumed.  It was a wonderful, awe inspiring display of the power of nature.  Just now, 7:23am, a huge flash of lightning and a tremendous crash of thunder burst over Camp 4. Tremendous hail storm right now!!   Wow!!  I know not how the teams on ElCap have fared, but I can tell you it will be a night anyone up there will never forget!  I will post more later in the day, when I can assess the conditions better.  Later... we had a nice afternoon and tomorrow looks really good, as the rain has moved on.  Things on the Cap are looking good and there have been no problems thus far.

ElCap Report 10/16-17/2015

ElCap Report 10/16-17/15

By Tom Evans

Yo... Smoke and rain have pretty much shut down new entries on ElCap.  The teams on the wall, if in protected areas, have continued climbing.  Teams in the wet zone, from what I can see, are ledged up, waiting for a chance to move on.  Tomorrow looks to be another day of rain.  Thus far no teams have needed any assistance.  We are watching the conditions and the teams, when we can see them!

So that's the way it is, for this Saturday, the 17th day of October, 2015.

ElCap Report 10/15/2015

ElCap Report 10/15/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. We have had very little rain today… barely a sprinkle, but there is a controlled burn, not far from ElCap, that has the entire west end of the Valley in thick smoke.  Hopefully it will stay “controlled”!  I couldn't’t actually see anyone on the cliff and by looking at the first two shots below you can see why!  Around 4pm the smoke was carried of to the east by the wind and I was able to get a few shots.  There will not be a Report tomorrow as I am out shooting a project for Adidas Outdoor.

ElCap Report 10/14/2015

ElCap Report 10/14/15

By Tom Evans

Yo..  We had a nice day in the meadow, before the anticipated rains forecast for the next couple of days.  Many routes are now active but none really crowded.  My writing is being cut back due to other work I have to do.

ElCap Report 10/13/2015

ElCap Report 10/13/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Too warm.. rain soon..Lots of action..too busy for much of a write up.

ElCap Report 10/12/2015

ElCap Report 10/12/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. We are still having great weather for the fall climbing season.  Strangely enough, it is like early September, with lots of heat..perhaps November will become the new October.  Anyway, lots of climbing going on now with some crowding on the Big Two, but not as bad as last week.  I am now involved with shooting for Adidas so this may be the last report on a regular basis… I will see what I can put together at the end of each day.  Stay tuned.

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