El Cap Report 09/29/08

ElCap Report 9/29/08

By Tom Evans

Yo… Kind of funky weather today. Cooler with lots of clouds, which was great for my shooting and for the climbers too. Lightning, and thunder booming up behind Half Dome and some sprinkles down in the Valley seemed to be about it. It threatened above the Cap but never materialized. Today’s report is brought to you by Hans and Yuji who entertained us today with a four hour tune up on the Nose this morning. So here it is fresh off the computer just for you… Today’s ElCap Report

El Cap Report 09/28/08

ElCap Report  9/28/08
By Tom Evans                  

Yo.. A very nice day here at the bridge but lurking up behind the Dome was a mass of very dark clouds.  The weather forecast is calling for some bad weather in the next few days so the monkey’s are a little jumpy.  Parts of the morning were downright quiet here and the view suggested that the wall climbers were calmly going about their business.
Today’s report is brought to you by Beth, who broke out the left over pizza from a big feed last night in El Portal.

El Cap Report 09/27/08

ElCap Report 9/27/08
By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow! what a fine day here in the Valley of Adventure.  Lots of sun, breezes, and the company was the best!  The Cap saw some good action and sent a couple of the aspirants wheeling off the face.  More about that below. 
Today’s report is brought to you by Mike Ousley who showed up late in the day with a fresh supply of cold ones to keep the party going… thanks Mike!!
So rack up the gear, check your knot, and tighten your shoes because you are going on climbs from Zodiac to the Salathe and will be right there when some of the gambles pay off and others go bad…
Here it is, just for you… right now… Today’s ElCap Report

El Cap Report 09/26/08

ElCap Report 9/26/08
By Tom Evans

Ok Kids.. Here we go! Beautiful here today, not so hot and cooler weather in the forecast. The old Captain was kicking butts and taking names today. The weeding out has begun on the Nose. More about that lower down in the report. So turn off the damn TV, tell everyone to put a lid on it, close and lock the door and come with me to the most sought after big wall climbing in the world. Today’s report is brought to you by several Tourons who parked their cars right in the road on the bridge and got out to take pictures today. Here it is…. Today’s ElCap Report, fresh from the face of the great rock itself…

El Cap Report 09/25/08

ElCap Report 9/25/08
By Tom Evans

Yo… Beautiful day here with some good breezes later in the day. The Face Lift got into full swing today and we had some good entertainment at the auditorium tonight. The great rock was not so hectic today so we kicked it back at the Bridge. Today’s report is brought to you by Chris Mac himself who showed up with nothing in particular to do and was somewhat conned into buying a couple rounds of Cobras for the usual suspects infesting the area. Thanks Chris… good fun today!
So kiss the little lady good night, put out the dog, lock the doors and settle in at the computer because here it comes direct to you… Today’s ElCap Report!!

El Cap Report 09/24/08

ElCap Report 9/24/08
By Tom Evans

OK!!! Here it comes again straight to you from the ElCap Bridge where the sun always shines and the fun never ends. Sweet day… a little warm up on the big stone but quite nice here in the valley. The great rock was swarming with teams and the fall season is now in full swing. Today’s report is brought to you by Jeanette and Jay who were hanging at the bridge today and are soon heading up on the Nose of El Capitan itself, hoping to seal the deal on this uberclassic route. They are psyched and so are the Rodents in residence at the Bridge.
There is a lot to report, and it is late, so I will flash this off like Alex Honnold on the NWFHD!!

El Cap Report 09/23/08

ElCap Report 9/23/08
By Tom Evans

Yo… yep … you now know that the master of the most important grade separation device in the history of American climbing, the so called “ElCap Bridge” has returned to the scene of his past glory days of shooting and slander… So dump the pets into the yard, tell the old lady/man to get the hell out of your face, grab a cold one and settle in for today’s ElCap Report, the first in a long series of reports to come your way in the coming weeks.

El Cap Report 07/02/08

ElCap Report 7/2/08
By Tom Evans
Yo… well the weather gods have smiled on us for the past two days.  Crystal clear skies and a very light breeze.  This is the last day for this report for a while so suck it up and take the pain!!  Quite the day it was too.  We still have climbers on the wall as we head into the summer months, and most likely there will be someone out there on the cliff every day through the hot months ahead.  Today’s report is brought to you by those folks who didn’t go for the record and won’t be written up in the mags for their climbing today.  They are my people.  The everyday man and woman who go out and get a living made, provide for a family and get away to the cliffs far too little.  They love climbing as much as anyone and manage to keep their spirit alive without frequent jolts of the climbing drug.  Every now and then they do get away and perhaps come to Yosemite to look and dream about the Great Wall some of us sometimes take for granted.  Then they blossom and I get to see them up there, tired and a little scared, pushing their limits to reach a personal dream.  I shoot them all, from the greats to the anonymous.  They are a part of a great brotherhood and it makes no difference their status… they are all climbers…. So this report is brought to you by you… climbers.

El Cap Report 07/01/08

ElCap Report 7/1/08

 
By Tom Evans

 
Yo!..  Really sweet here today.  Finally a clear day with no smoke for a change.  Unfortunately there was not much action on the Cap but I will share what there was with you.  I stayed late in the Café this morning as I had some images to do and my buddies Winky and Nicki showed up.  Winky gave me all the pertinent dope on digital processing and how to clean up my images.  That is one of the things I really like about Yosemite.  My fellow photographers are always so helpful and ready to share knowledge with me.  I don’t have much to contribute to them but that doesn’t matter here.  We are a tight group and it is a pleasure to know we all hold each in the highest regard.

El Cap Report 06/30/08

ElCap Report 6/30/08

Yo.. Well it started out really nice today here at the bridge.  Great weather with clear skies and a nice wind from the SE.  But that soon changed and the prevailing west wind did its thing and came along late in the morning with tons of smoke.  I was lucky I got out a little early to shoot the NC lads on Zodiac before the smoke set in.  The bridge was pretty quiet today.  The action on the Cap was quite subdued, as you will read below.

El Cap Report 06/29/08

ElCap Report 6/29/08
By Tom Evans

Yo..  Yep it is Sunday and another fine day here in the Valley.  I was up very early to go down to the Great Rock and see the unfolding events of the day.  There was a nice wind from the SE for a change and the sky was clear with some small white clouds briskly moving across the sky.  The air was crisp and clear, a real pleasant change from the smoke and haze of the past week.  I gave the show at the lodge last night and we all had a good time.  There were few climbers with Winky holding down the rear seating area.  Bobo showed up for a time with his partner Chris but they were off to the Dome for a one day climb so they didn’t stay long.  Most of the climbers are gone now or climbing on the routes.  So I was kind of tired when I got up at 5:25 this morning but the cobwebs were soon gone with excitement of the day.

El Cap Report 06/28/08

ElCap Report 6/28/08
By Tom Evans

Yo.. Well I wish I could tell you that the air is fresh and clear like it usually is this time of year… but the fires keep making the smoke that the west wind keeps blowing into the valley.  It was very smoky most of the day with short spells of fair visibility.  For a Saturday the place was pretty dead.  Some action on the big stone and several new teams getting ready to depart. 
Today’s report is brought to you by Hollywood Hans himself as he drifted by with the kids for a little down by the river time this afternoon.  Nice to see him out and about with the kids for a little relaxation.

El Cap Report 06/27/08

ElCap Report 6/27/08

By Tom Evans

Yo… The fires are not going away in CA and neither is the smoke in the Valley. The mornings aren’t too bad but the afternoons are really ugly. Today was nice enough if not for the smoke. The Touron traffic is down too. The Cap is pretty active all things considered. Photography was particularly difficult in all the smoke and it was difficult to see any one west of the Nose as the light conspired with the smoke to produce a screen almost impossible to even see through. Today’s report is brought to you by Megan McGahey, the wife of our own climbing ranger who is presently trying to sneak up Zodiac without telling anyone! Fat chance of that Jesse! The eye in the sky is on you Son!

El Cap Report 06/26/08

ElCap Report 6/26/08

 By Tom Evans

Yo! Still very nasty air here in the valley. The smoke was as thick as Stews skull today. The photography was nearly impossible and few good shots were taken. However, early in the day, when Hans and Yuji went for the record on the Nose, the air was much better but that usually welcome west wind was the agent of doom today. There is a lot to write and I will have to include pics later as I have 300 images to do and not enough time to do it all tonight. So you get the report now and the pics inserted when I can… live with it pukes! Today’s report is brought to you by Jannett, or it might be Janice, you know how bad my memory can be especially in the company of a beautiful woman! She came up to me, as I was about to leave this afternoon, with a pile of home made cookies and a box of beers to share with the bridge rats. She was just so sweet and nice that I stayed a while to chat with her, as we looked at the great rock. She explained that she and her husband are climbers who are mostly weekenders on the cliffs but that does not diminish their love of climbing and this place. She reads the Report every day and enjoys knowing all that is going on here. Very refreshing to talk to such an enthusiastic woman. Thank you so much Jannett for brightening my long day here at the bridge. It is for people like you that I come out here day after day and do the photos and the report, sometimes working late into the night to get it all done.

El Cap Report 06/25/08

ElCap Report 6/25/08

 By Tom Evans

Yo! It was another nasty day here at the Bridge and in Yosemite in general. The smoke was so thick I could barely even make out the Cap much less focus the camera on climbers. But I do all I can because I know that the climbers up there want to have something to see from their climb and with image processing programs I was able to salvage a few shots of each team. All the climbing images below looked like the following one before I processed them. It is a frigging miracle I got such good results.

El Cap Report 06/24/08

ElCap Report 6/24/08

By Tom Evans

Yo… the smoke was just about impossible here at the bridge today. I couldn’t even see enough to focus the camera. I shot anyway knowing that the processing program can take a lot of the junk out of the shot and I was amazed to get some fair shots. Also Doug was on his last day and I wanted to have some record of the end of his climb. The Tourons were as thick as the smoke and it was tiring to explain things over and over and to try to show them where the climbers were through the dense smoke. It is bad enough even on a clear day. Several climbers came by and relieved me for a time. There was some action on the cliff and more to come in the next few days.

El Cap Report 06/23/08

ElCap Report 6/23/08 By Tom Evans Yo.. So you may have heard that the Valley is pretty smoky these days, well it is Way Smoky. But, I know that my audience of cubicle pukes, and tied down worker bees in the in the crush of capitalism don’t give a rodents rectum about my working conditions and just want the news right from the rock directly to them. I set my alarm and got up early, so you would have a front row seat to all of today’s action on the Captain. I was in the Café by 6:30 and had my usual heart attack special, the Breakfast Burrito! Then I went down to the big stone to see what I could see.

El Cap Report 06/22/08

ElCap Report 6/22/08

 By Tom Evans

Yo! Guess there is a fire out to the west of the valley as there was some smoke drifting in today on the Cap. Otherwise it was nice and a little cooler maybe. We had a little gusty wind with just a few drops of rain late in the afternoon yesterday and it was hoped that would bring in the cooler weather. I had a good show last night with lots of Tourons and Monkeys in attendance. It is my last one of the spring as I am out of here in a few days. I will be back in late Sept. Most of my posse left for Sequoia this morning, leaving me and BMDJake to hold down the fort. He is off in a couple of days to do a route on the LA with a female friend who is a relative noobee to the sport. The bridge was deserted in the morning until Jingy showed up with beers and a philli-cheeze he got outside the park… nice!! So today’s report is brought to you by Jingy who was here with the goods … So kill all the prisoners, burn the buildings, scatter the animals and pay attention because here is today’s … ElCap Report…

El Cap Report 06/21/08

ElCap Report 6/21/08

 By Tom Evans

Yo… Well it was another nice day here with some cooler air and a few clouds coming in later in the day. There were few Tourons and fewer climbers hanging around which made for a very quiet day here. I have to get some work done on my show tonight so this will be to the point. Today’s report brought to you by Big Wall Kate who was by for a while sporting a new Subaru wagon. She looked fit and happy and is looking forward to doing some climbing. So here it is for today…

El Cap Report 06/20/08

ElCap Report 6/20/08

 By Tom Evans

Yo. Was it nice today or what? A lovely day with a nice breeze and clear skies. There was some activity on the wall to keep track of and Tourons to explain things to. Sadly, some of the bridge rats have taken to giving out stupid answers to Touron questions. Stuff like…”The park service puts the portaledges up on the climbs for you if you call in for reservations.” It was kind of funny at first but it just makes things harder for me, as I have to explain that the rats are just joking around… after a time it gets Very old. Plus some of the rats have very limited vocabularies and make use of vulgarities even with children around. Not good. Also the rap music with the “progressive lyrics” is not so enjoyable to most people who come by. So if you happen by please try not to be offensive in manner and speech. Today, however, the Colorado Girls, Joy and Sarah were down here and were talking to the Tourons about their recent climb up the Nose. They were really sweet, answering all the questions with honest, straightforward answers. Thanks girls!!

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