ElCap Report 9/28/2015

ElCap Report 9/28/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cool and cloudy weather has moved into the Valley bringing a welcome respite from the heat of the past two weeks.  The Facelift is now history for another year, so the Fall climbing season is on!  Come on out and share the good times.  I did shoot a few shots, other than the rescue, of the Cap yesterday, but am just going forward with the report as the teams on the rock were most of the ones who appeared today.

ElCap Report 9/27 Special Leaning Tower Rescue Edition

ElCap Report 9/27/15 Special Leaning Tower Rescue Edition

 By Tom Evans

Yo… I was down at the ECM, getting ready for a casual day shooting, when the word came down that there was to be a rescue off the Leaning Tower.  A climber fell, hitting his head and was hanging upside down for some 3 minutes.  He was in and out of consciousness, on Guano Ledge, so his partner called YOSAR.  The morning was cloudy and gray and the light not the best, but I hung in there and got the shots.

ElCap Report 9/25 and 26/2015

ElCap Report 9/25 and 9/26/2015

By Tom Evans

Yo… It is still on the warm side of the scale, here in the Ditch.  Monday is supposed to see the start of 70 degree days for some time ahead.  The Facelift is winding down and that will free up more climbers to head up the Captain.  Now, the same routes are still in progress, with all the parties moving smoothly up the rock.  Sorry to have missed yesterday but I was not feeling well and headed to the tent at 7:30pm to try to catch up on some sleep.  I am better today so this is a two in one report.

ElCap Report 9/24/2015

ElCap Report 9/24/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The day started out a little cooler, with high clouds, and by 10am the clouds vanished and the temperature soared back up into the low 90’s.  While there are a fair number of climbers on the wall they are mostly concentrated on the Nose.  The Facelift is in full swing now and everyone is having a good time at the evenings shows and the park is getting cleaned… everyone wins!

ElCap Report 9/23/2015

ElCap Report 9/23/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm temperatures are still keeping the masses off ElCap.  I understand that several teams are fixing low on the Nose but not many have ventured very high.  Not much going on at the moment.

ElCap Report 9/22/2015

ElCap Report 9/22/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Continued heat and the Facelift are keeping the wall population in check.  The heat is supposed to break on Friday so we should have some good action on the hill from now on.  The showing of the Reel Rock Tour, at the evening Facelift, was well attended and everyone had a great time.  There was a little excitement in the meadow this afternoon…read about it below.

ElCap Report 9/21/2015

ElCap Report 9/21/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Here in Yosemite, it has been way too hot for this time of year.  So, many teams have delayed their climbs until the hot spell passes.  There have been quite a few bails due to the weather and the great cliff is now mostly empty.  Tomorrow is the start of the Yosemite Facelift, and the heat is up too, so don’t expect to get a Report every day for a while.

ElCap Report 9/20/2015

ElCap Report 9/20/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It was a little too warm and calm on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.  We didn’t get much relief in the shade of our tree, in the EC meadow, so it must have been pretty bad up on the Cap.  However, the action continued up on the hill.  Several teams reached the top today so we will not see them again for a while.  The weather is supposed to improve within the next few days… and the Facelift is just around the corner, so there will be lots to do.

ElCap Report 9/19/2015

ElCap Report 9/19/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Sweet weather this weekend is bringing out wall climbers from under their rocks!  Lots of good climbing on the Big Stone today.  You need to be here!

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ElCap Report 9/18/2015

ElCap Report 9/18/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Cloudless skies and cool breezes are heralding the start to the fall season, on ElCap.  The action is heating up as more climbers are coming into the Valley to climb and work the Facelift.  Wherever you are … you would do better to be here!  So come on out for the best climbing season of the year in Yosemite.

ElCap Report 9/17/2015

ElCap Report 9/17/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Continued spectacular weather is dominating the climbing here in Yosemite.  Warm sun, blue skies, and a cool breeze are making conditions perfect for big wall climbing.  The action is heating up on the Captain so stay tuned for the rundown on all things climbing related.  I am here to report the happenings so that you will know what is going on and how your friends and loved ones are doing.  It is not an inexpensive task to do what I do, and I really appreciate any donations you can send my way.  If you got pictures from me and haven’t sent a donation then please consider doing it.

ElCap Report 9/16/2015

ElCap Report 9/16/15

By Tom Evans

Yo!!!  Ok folks, the Fall season has started in earnest!  I drove up yesterday, in the rain most of the way.  The good news is that the rain really put a damper on the local fires that have been burning for some time.  Today the air was clear and the temperatures spot on for this time of year.  So… listen up all you Cubicle Pukes, chained to your desks, or stuck at home.  Try to figure out some way to get your sorry butts out of wherever you are and head to Yosemite to share the good times!  I got some new photography equipment and having some problems getting used to it… especially the camera which wants to take the beautiful Yosemite granite and give it a pink cast!  Not what I had in mind!  However I was able to work around it for the most part and hope to get it all figured out soon.

ElCap Report 6/23/2015

ElCap Report 6/23/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The weather continues to hold without the excessive heat predicted.  We like that!  In a few days from now we will get our due as the temps are going over 100 degrees for the first time this year.  The “locals” did get the record on Aquarian yesterday, 18:10! 

This will be the last ElCap Report of the Season.  Many thanks to those who have donated to the site.  Expenses were high this season and everything helps.  Also, thanks to you loyal readers who have read and supported the Report over the years.

ElCap Report 6/22/2015

ElCap Report 6/22/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Another spectacular day, with warm sun and a nice breeze.  There was some action on the cliff today and not just climbers.  I will be here for a few more days, so stay tuned to the Report for all the latest news.

ElCap Report 6/21/2015

ElCap Report 6/21/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Another nice day has passed here in the Valley.  Still not much climbing going on but tomorrow and the next day will see some fast and fun climbing on the Captain.  So stay tuned!

ElCap Report 6/20/2015

ElCap Report 6/20/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… The heat continues to keep the Cap pretty empty.  The smoke from forest fires comes and goes and was not bad today.  The Saturday traffic was bad, as is usual for this time of year…can’t wait for fall!!

ElCap Report 6/19/2015

ElCap Report 6/19/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well, it isn’t very nice here today.  There are three fires outside the park, to the west and south of us.  The Valley was filled with smoke, that came in last night, and is staying around today.  Plus it is hot and no new teams are going up at the moment.  If this continues for a few more days I will call the season finished.

ElCap Report 6/18/2015

ElCap Report 6/18/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… We had Bluebird skies today, that kept the heat up on the Cap.  There are still not very many climbers on the wall at the moment so you have the pick of any route you would like to climb.  Later in the day the air quality got bad and it was difficult to shoot without huge air swirls and haze showing up in the shots.  I was done by 2:30pm.  Also, due to weekend traffic do not expect a report on Saturday!

ElCap Report 6/17/2015

ElCap Report 6/17/15  Today’s climbing and Rescue Report.

By Tom Evans

Yo.. High clouds and thus cooler temperatures made for a nice day up on the Captain.  Everyone is moving up well enough and we did have a rescue this morning/afternoon.  Read about it all, below!  Mason Earl and Brad Gobright sent their long standing project from the ground to Golden Gate today!!!

ElCap Report 6/16/2015

ElCap Report 6/16/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Another excellent day in the Yosemite Valley.  But there climbers are few and far between.  So today’s report will be a bit short and if things don’t get better I will be doing a reduced number of reports but will cover things as well as I can.

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