Break out your jackets, gloves and a warm hat... we are living the varied weather patterns of Yosemite. The night was cold and the day was pretty chilly too. Funny how I almost died just a few days ago in the heat and today folks were bailing from the Captain because they were too cold. Let that be a lesson to you. Be ready for anything, at all times. It was really windy in the valley today and at the bridge too, as the wind blew from the east, as it rarely does here. I got down to the Bridge around 10:30 and did a sweep of the face to see who was up and who was down. So without further delay here it comes to you straight from Eric's, the construction foreman, pickup truck. The road opens at noon tomorrow.. let the traffic jam begin!
I had a project in the morning and am sick this afternoon and just back from the clinic so I will not be able to get down to the bridge today. Hopefully tomorrow...
Weather broke today and it is very nice and cool.. rats just a few days too late for me. Did see PTPP at his digs a while ago and he is taking junk to SSPO.
Sorry no more... will try to finish my other "Walk of shame" post later...
Out of here…. TME
Ok computer rodents... it is time again for The Bridge Rat to report on the happenings as seen from the most famous structure in all of the universe... Nice day today.. a little warm still... weather reports indicate that it will be 76 or 93 tomorrow... wish they would get together sometime and find the real deal. Nice at the bridge with a lot of monkeys and some hiking Tourons passing by. So settle down varmints, kick the dog out of your chair, tell the old lady to stuff a sock in it.. tie in and hold on... brought to you today on the back deck of the road stripe painter that worked on the bridge deck today...
Yo... a little cooler today here at the bridge but still pretty hot up there on the wall. I have an early dinner with my monkey posse in a bit so I will shift right to the action.
Zodiac: The team of 3 continued into the circle today and will most likely stay at the start to the Nipple pitch tonight.
Lost In America: The Belgian team pushed higher today and are at the start of the mandatory free climbing this evening.
Trip: The Three man team (not two as reported yesterday) pushed over the top and came by the bridge today. They looked pretty good after the ordeal.
Lower down a well dressed team of two with red shirts climbed to the end of the 4th today as I left. Will shoot a lot of them due to their colors.
Yo... put on your sunglasses and settle back with a cool one because most likely where ever you are it is cooler than it is here. The weather these past days has been blazing hot. Parties are wisely delaying starting or have fixed and come down for the duration of the hot spell. Valley temps are in the 90's on the floor and there is little wind up higher. If you have some time please consider a few days off. Tuesday it is supposed to dip back into the seasonal 70's. We sought shelter in the shade of the east side of the ElCap Bridge to watch what action there was up on the wall in sweltering conditions. The river is really high and flowing fast ... the falls are busting big time.
Ordeal in the Sun
By Tom Evans
In a weak moment, I decided to take my friend, Dave Turner, up on his offer to take me up El Capitan, one of the greatest rock faces in the world and the centerpiece of climbing in Yosemite National Park. My fate was sealed as others conspired to make sure it happened, in the hope, no doubt, that I would be smacked down hard by the Captain himself. Unfortunately, Dave had his C rack of gear here, the better one’s being down in South America. So we had to borrow some stuff and thanks to SAR Andy I got to use his double portaledge. Thanks Andy! I dragged out my "old climbing gear" to make up the difference in hardware. As we organized gear in the parking lot, an assortment of friends wandered up to watch the sort out. Amazement soon spread as people got to see stuff not used by climbers in years and barely modern. Some even photographed the proceedings! By noon Thursday we were down at the Cap hiking to be base of Lurking Fear. Brazilian Nick and Dave did the heavy lifting as phase one was to get our stuff to the base of the climb. The odds of me even making it to the base were running 3 to 2 against by the Bridge rats, hoping to get a chance to slander the slanderer! However, the hike went well and I did indeed make it to the base.
Yo... very nice day here. Quiet and sunny and warm. The road paving keeps moving relentlessly onward. I was a little late getting down to the bridge this morning but got the straight dope for your inquiring minds. Brought to you on Nicki's aching back from hauling loads all around the place. Tie in and pay attention as I'm not going to go thru this twice!
Today’s report... right now... in your face... hopefully you can read...
Zodiac: The team of two that was bivied on peanut last night went over the top at 1:30 this afternoon.
The team of three in the white circle yesterday bailed from there today.
Steve and Heather were not around today.
Settle down rodents... you probably still have that buzz on from the Cafe report this morning... you know the Cafe is where things really happen and the day is organized. All the loners and stoners spend way too much time there...
Yo... all right... inquiring minds want to know... others just want vicarious entertainment at the expense of others. This report is brought to you by Bob and Chris just in from Montana and bearing the promised Cobras to the bridge this afternoon.
Yo... settle down!! Dig in.. get ready... you wanted it... but can you handle it? Direct from the most important structure in the climbing world, the Elcap Bridge... brought to you on the backs of Ian and Josh (you remember these guys from last year... they had the most ingenious ways of dodging the walk of shame!).
I rolled in Thursday evening and took yesterday off to get some things done and hang out with Mara.
ElCap Report 10/30/07
By Tom Evans
Well... it did pound pretty hard last night but when I arrived at the bridge today all the teams were moving upward with little apparent trouble. They are calling for severely sunny skies for a while so it is still on if you are still on it! Today’s ElCap Report is brought to you by Ted, of recent ZM fame who stopped by early in the afternoon with the Last Beers of The Season!! Thanks Bro!!
ElCap Report 10/29/07
By Tom Evans
Ok... its Monday and I am still holding on here in the Valley... got to the cafe this morning and Ivo told me the weather was going to cave in this afternoon... Balderdash! Bull shit!! I can see the sky for myself and things looked good... well.... anyway.... around 1:30 pm this very dark cloud filled the sky and several long peels of thunder reverberated around the valley and I ran for the van! It looks nasty out there folks. I have retreated to the comfort of my cave behind the Maintenance garage to write this report... At 10am I arrived at the bridge and found the cliff to be in good shape with no visible water on it and various teams headed upward... So here it is for today, the ECR brought to you by the little old lady Touron who sneered at me when I told her that climbs on the rock often take 3 to 5 days.... "you're a liar" she said to my face and walked off!! So much for the ElCap Bridge moto.."treat all Tourons as if they are your friends".
ElCap Report 10/28/07
By Tom Evans
Yo... well it rained a little last night but nothing to be bailing for... also a late shower today down at the Awhanee Hotel where I went for Brunch after I quit shooting early, around 1:30 pm .. so I don't know what happened, late, down at the Rock. Most of the day has been nice and parties are moving up the rock.... Today’s Report is brought to you by the Hot French Chic who came by to get shots of the Shield she and partner were on last week.. you remember ...the one with the nice matching blue Camisole/headband outfit who could climb the big route as well as anyone... Style... while they not may have a lot going for them otherwise, the French know how to look good on a wall... take note grungefesting American slobs! Here it is...
ElCap report 10/27/07
By Tom Evans
Yo... another killer day... started out with some clouds but buffed up real shiny... action back on the Big Stone too... Today’s report is brought to you by our man, Gene Fischer, who was actually seen climbing on the Zodiac this afternoon... really, witnessed by a slew of the local gang who watched with fascination as Gene was able to blast some of the features right off the rock with some hard driving piton placements! Sorry lads ...the first 40ft of #1 is now A-4...
ElCap Report 10/26/07
By Tom Evans
Yo, I can't tell you enough good things about this weather... another sweet day here with warm temps and very light clouds up high. There are still some pretty colors here and the north side drive in the morning is still just wonderful with the most glorious yellows and even some oranges backlit by the morning sun... and they say this is going to continue for at least a week... well the leaves won't but the weather will.. As a result you would imagine that the Great wall is packed... well think again breath of a thousand swine... the thing is almost empty... for a time the Nose had not a single climber on it this morning... then someone snuck up to sickle thus being the only climbing team on the route.
ElCap Report 10/25/07
By Tom Evans
Yo... another killer day here...perfect weather once again...still a lot of space on the wall for anyone interested. Today’s report is brought to you by the endless stream of tourons who would just love to know how we go to the bathroom up there... geeze that one gets old!!
ElCap Report 10/24/07
By Tom Evans
Yo... Well another great day here... perfect weather and it appears that it will be so for at least a week... where are you guys? The Cap is suddenly almost empty with hardly anyone on the popular routes.. Brought to you today from the cute little NZ woman whose fiancé is high on the Nose as I write these words...
ElCap Report 10/23/07
By Tom Evans
Ok... It's Tuesday and another super day here in the Valley... weather, perfect... climbing conditions, totally sweet, climbers, eager... chics, hot... cafe food, awful... leaves, fading fast... Tourons, abundant infestations.... Time left for you to get on the Big Stone, plenty.... Gene Fisher, still stalling... So where are you? I know where you are, hiding behind the old excuse of family, job, bills, kids, etc.. etc... BOGUS, my friend ... totally BOGUS!! You can always take care of that stuff but just ask your selves, "how many fall days will I see this sweet in the valley?... am I going to live so long?" Well, let me tell you Dog, you aren't going to live forever and some day, in the hopefully, distant future, while you are lying in bed gasping your last breath, you will think back with your last thought and wonder... "Why the hell didn't I go to Yosemite that fall of 2007?"... then bonk! You are gone for eternity... Is that what you want? Huh? Your last thoughts? Well suck it up chump and get out here.. some things are really important you know and Yosemite in the fall is high on the list!
Submitted by Tom Evans on Mon, 10/22/2007 - 18:59
ElCap Report 10/22/07
By Tom Evans
Yo.. Wow another beautiful day and the forecast is for many more in a row... nice!! Monday ... endless Tourons... not a lot of climbers at the bridge today... something about the good weather!! This report is brought to you by our own Ed who showed up with the beautiful Nancy this afternoon and took over my "job" of showing all the Tourons where the climbers were on the Nose... Thanks Ed!!! I told him that the job was his anytime he wanted it! I need the rest. Today’s ECR right now..
ElCap Report 10/21/07
By Tom Evans
Yo... Well it doesn't get much better than today here in the Valley... sweet weather, great fall colors, good company, lots of climbers around the bridge today... and.... the weather is looking good for the foreseeable future... Today’s report is brought to you from the back of Jody's CHP car where he was holding the entire McNeeley crew for "orderly conduct". Yes, it seems the lads came down for their last load just after Jody showed up and he was so mystified my their good behavior that he arrested them, figuring they must be doing something wrong to be acting so good!! So here it is ... on one of the best days you would have ever spent in this super duper place... Today’s ECR...