El Cap Report 10/14/07

ElCap Report 10/14/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo... Man was it ever a nice day here in the Valley... lots of traffic here at the bridge, of the vehicle variety that is, but even so it was really nice here. Shirt sleeve weather, climbers going up, Tourons learning what the deal really is on the Cap.. really sweet!! If you bailed a couple of days ago because you thought the weather was over... well then you fucked up big time! Anyway today’s report is brought to you by Tony in the Yos. garage who changed my flat tire on the van this morning... what a nice guy he was... big smile, cheerful, friendly... this place is infectious with happiness... Today’s ECR.

El Cap Report 10/13/07

ElCap Report 10/13/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo... The weather cleared off nicely after the rain last night... sunny and nice here today. Have to do a show tonight at the lodge so this will be brief. Todays ECR...

El Cap Report 10/12/07

ElCap Report 10/12/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo Dogs... the weather has gone south for the time being here... more rain on the radar coming this way.. I was down at the Captain a while ago and here is what is up...

El Cap Report 10/11/07

ElCap Report 10/11/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo... Did get a look at the wall early and soon after the smoke came in so thick from the "control Burn" that it was impossible to see the Cap clearly... so I got the rest of the day off... so here is what I have ... brought to you by the heavy traffic on the ECBridge.... Today’s report, such as it is...

El Cap Report 10/10/07

ElCap Report 10/10/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo... A little rain blew in last night late but nothing to worry about... some wind too. When I arrived at the bridge everyone was encased in expensive aluminum and nylon cocoons, living in fear of a drop of water touching their skin. Fortunately there were no reported instances of water-skin contact... phew... it was touch and go for a while!! The sky soon cleared and a nice wind from the west felt good but brought in the smoke from the "controlled burn" down valley. So the photography was not the best for most of the day... after a time the teams of climbers and solo heroes ventured out into the daylight and proceeded to climb up the great rock. Unfortunately for me they were working on the road, and will do so for many moons to come I hear, and all the traffic in the valley passed across the bridge today... it was loud, smelly, nasty, and generally unpleasant. So brought to you from the back of a dump truck unloading boulders at the northeast corner of the bridge comes today’s ElCap Report.....

El Cap Report 10/09/07

ElCap Report 10/9/07
 By Tom Evans
All right... yeah there is action on the big stone to report... there is also one of those nice control burns that gave me the afternoon off as the smoke was thick at the bridge.. So this will be quick as I have images to do tonight too... Today’s ElCap report is brought to you on the rock shard from the hook that blew off on Ammons third move off the belay in the white circle.... Drum roll please....... Today’s ECR, just so you will be in the know...

El Cap Report 10/08/07

ElCap Report 10/8/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo.... Sweet day here for all the monkeys... weather, perfect.. sun, brilliant... hangers at the bridge, many happy folks... you missed another great day now didn't you? What were you thinking? Where the hell are you? Oh yes... That’s right, you are working for a living aren't you... busting your butt to make the bills... well, because you are then someone needs not to be... that is us... we the proud, the dullards, the broke or in my singular case... the retired! Anyway here it comes to you direct from the summit where Winky, Mutt and Jeff were spectators to the end of the Huber attempt on the Nose speed record this morning.... Today’s ElCap Report..

El Cap Report 10/07/07

ElCap Report 10/7/07

By Tom Evans

Yo... Well it was another beautiful day here in the Valley. Many climbers are on the Big Stone. The Hubers are going tomorrow at 7am hoping to knock a few minutes off their recent record on the Nose. Anyway here it is... Today’s ECR brought you by the loudspeaker operated by YOSAR legend John Dill down by the bridge... Today’s Report...

El Cap Report 10/06/07

ElCap Report 10/6/07

 By Tom Evans

Geeze.. People are asking for this report even before I have stopped shooting for the day!! Guess that is a good thing. Anyway, today’s report is brought to you from the ECBridge today via our climbing ranger Jessie who reports that so far marriage is a good thing... HA! He says he is looking to get the Dolt Cart from Yeager so he can be hauled up the Cap in good style. Check your knots, double back your buckle, and chalk up good because there is a lot of climbing to report on this clear and sunny day.... here it is without further delay... Today’s ECReport

El Cap Report 10/5/07

ElCap Report 10/5/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo... Coming to you a little early today as the weather has caved in down at the bridge and the climbing teams are scurrying for cover in driving snow and sleet. So direct to you from Dave Turners radio comes today’s report... get your warm stuff on and slap that raingear on top of it and hunker down because this is one wet report heading your way...

El Cap Report 10/04/07

ElCap Report 10/4/07

 By Tom Evans

Yeah... I know ... you want to know the real deal not some crappy rumor you got from some bus driver who talked to a random dude who was hitching by the bridge this morning.... and you know that ECP will give you the straight shit good or bad, with no favoritism... Right?.... Right! So I am going to get to the Nose news first and cover the rest as usual..

El Cap Report 10/03/07

ElCap Report 10/3/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo.. Another killer day here but a tad windy...lots of things happening on the Cap. So plop down, get a cold whatever it is that you have cold, and turn off that stupid show that is on the EBT (electron bombardment tube) and pay attention because I am only going to write this once and I may just delete it in an hour... as you know I am totally unpredictable! So here it comes to you directly from the three guys who bailed from Dolt tower today...2nd day in a row for teams of 3 to do this trick! Today’s ECR...

El Cap Report 10/02/07

ElCap Report 10/2/07

 By Tom Evans

Yeah... Remember how I waxed poetically about the weather the other day? Today was even better... really! So you are so missing out that it should just make you sick! Anyway... sorry but I have to go in a few so this will be mercifully short... Today’s report...

Zodiac: Andy and the girls have make it to the ledge at the bottom of the circle with Andy on the sharp end and the ladies doing the nasty hauling and moving the logistical swarm upward.. three cheers for the ladies! The rest of the route is vacant.

 

El Nino: Saw Stanley and Martina meet up with the Timmy O show on the pitch above easy street. This talented pair should have fun on this great route.

El Cap Report 10/01/07

ElCap Report 10/1/07

 By Tom Evans

Yo... The ECR is brought you on the still swollen ankle of one, Ammon McNeeley, who showed up this afternoon after a too long absence from the valley. So it is Monday and all you folks jonesin for a hit of Yosemite news have come to the right place. First: Eat your hearts out!!.. Second: too bad you aren't here! All right enough envy jabs... stop drooling please ..you might short out your computer! Today’s ElCap Report... right now...

El Cap Report 09/30/07

ElCap Report 9/30/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Remember the days when you were a kid and the world was fresh, new and exciting? When the fall breeze rustled the leaves on the trees and all the oaks and maples were turning the most beautiful colors and there was a touch of smoke in the air. When life had not jaded you one bit and the warmth of the sun on your face made you just want to shut your eyes and smell the air. Today, in the most incredible Valley in the world, was that day. It was perfect, all the elements of the physical world combined to make this day almost dreamlike in its nostalgic beauty. Everyone had a smile on their face and nodded or said hello to each other. Even the bailers were happy!!! We all knew that this was a day that would go in the top of the memory bank. So if you were not here and wanted to be, then drag out the best day you can ever remember in your entire life and enjoy how it makes you feel because that is how we all felt today!! Today’s report... brought to you on a red and golden leaf from that beautiful Sugar Maple across from the chapel here in the incomparable Yosemite.

El Cap Report 09/29/07

ElCap Report 9/29/07
 By Tom Evans
YO... beautiful day here.. strong sun with a cool wind from the west.. looked like the guys on the Cap were in jackets most of today. Anyway, get on your dancing shoes and warm up because this report is going to take you into the heart of the adventure world of Yosemite, where the footwork is delicate and the chalk is ready for those sweaty hands... Here it comes straight from the bolt kit of the "Mad Bolter" who stopped by the bridge today after making a trash run up to the base of the Cap. Here it is .... Today’s ElCap Report;..

El Cap Report 09/28/07

ElCap Report 9/28/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... busy with all kinds of things so right to the action on the Cap.
Zodiac: KFC got down and was in the cafe this am having had a speedy climb of this route in 12:51... not as fast as he wanted but close enough for now... Sweet! The party of two lower down did get to the start of the nipple pitch as I left and seemed confident and efficient.
LA: Supposedly this is a party of a Korean man and wife... they are moving steadily along and will be off in a couple more days or so..

El Cap Report 09/27/07

ElCap Report 9/27/07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... High clouds today and cooler, not the day that yesterday was but not bad either.. I need some rest so this will be to the point. Today’s ElCap report..
Zodiac: The German party bivied on Peanut ledge and was off by around noon.. well done... KFC got a not so alpine start of around 10am on his solo push of the route... the lad climbed will and was even seen taking a 15 min break on the ledge at the start of the Black tower. I left a little after 5pm and he was at the mark of Zorro. He would like to get under 12 hours this time and just might do it. Also another two man team started today and were headed toward pitch 4 when I left.

El Cap Report 09/26/07

ElCap Report 9/26 /07
 By Tom Evans
Yo... Well if you are not here then drop down and give me 20 push-ups!!! So much action on the Captain that a lesser person than I would just throw up their hands and go out into the meadow, get drunk and forget about doing a report!!! But the same tenacity and determination that got me, a very average climber, up 5 ElCap routes over the last 36 years has enabled me to sort through the posers and Tourons and all the BS and still hang here at the bridge ready and able to check out the scene so you can share in the fun and events here in the Glory Hole, the very best place in all of rock climberdom. As I once told the McNeely brothers as they headed off to climb the Cap in their early days.... "Bask in the Glory, Lads, Bask in the Glory". And indeed they eventually did!!! Today was the most perfect climbing day in all of recorded history here in the Valley... the weather was so intoxicating that just breathing the air got you high and you didn't even have to be close to Puff Daddy here at the bridge or have a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff! The wall was bristling with climbing teams eager to reap the rewards of their efforts. So without further fanfare here it comes to you, wafting on the sweetest breeze you ever felt across your cheek... the ElCap Report for today.

El Cap Report 09/25/07

ElCap Report 9/25/07
 By Tom Evans
YO... Great day here in the big Ditch.. clear skies, warm, real climbers climbing on the big stone... and I did make it down to the west side to see what was up. Lots of action so I will get right to it... Here it is straight from the bridge...today’s ElCap report...

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