ElCap Report 10/11/2015

ElCap Report 10/11/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It was too warm today to draw many climbers to the rock but the ones higher up had to deal with the heat.  We also had smoke in the west end of the Valley for the entire morning but by noon our prevailing west wind cleared the air.  The paving, down by the ECM appears to be finished so parking is back to normal.  The only thing is that the lines haven’t been painted on the road yet, so park off the pavement if you can.

ElCap Report 10/10/2015

ElCap Report 10/10/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Excellent but warm weather, seems to have set in.  However, it seems cool enough to keep the teams coming at the Captain.  There is lots of interesting climbing going on these days, with more to come.  Stay tuned to your only source of information directly from the scene.

ElCap Report 10/9/2015

ElCap Report 10/9/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather continues to please and it looks like it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  Interesting climbing is going on so stay tuned.  For the first time in memory, we have two teams on the Sea of Dreams…who would have thought?  I am soon to be doing some shooting for Adidas, and not always in the vicinity of ElCap…so … I may not be able to do a report from day to day for the rest of the season.  So your daily ElCap fix may not be so daily for a while.  Man up!!  You can take it, Cubicle Pukes!

ElCap Report 10/8/2015

ElCap Report 10/8/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. We had a cloudy morning that soon turned into a clear day.  The teams that have been on the rock the past day or so are all moving up and most will get off today or tomorrow.  The Nose and Salathe still have a lot of people on them but most are higher up now.  The other routes are open and waiting for you to show up. 

There has been a lot of road paving these past several days and the ElCap Crossover is closed for parking for the time being.   We all have moved out to the west and are parking on the left side of the road for the time being… it should be back to normal in a day or so.  Also a fence is being constructed along the road with openings at various places to allow foot traffic into the meadow.  The meadow is NOT closed.  NPS is trying to limit the number of trails into the meadow, as there are so many.  So look for breaks in the fence to walk through.  The trail we climbers use to go out to the tree is not affected.

ElCap Report 10/7/2015

ElCap Report 10/7/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The rush to the Cap has calmed down a bit now and this lull would be a great time for you to head on up.  The weather is great, with warm sunlight and cool breezes.  My Adidas crew is soon to arrive for a couple of weeks of interesting projects for all to see…stay tuned.


ElCap Report 10/6/2015

ElCap Report 10/6/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The great weather has produced a rush at the cliff.  The Nose and Salathe are loaded to the bursting point.  I took a ton of shots today and it was difficult picking, the ones I liked the most, from the group.  Everyone is doing fine up there, so if you don’t see a shot of someone you are interested in, then don’t worry about them!

ElCap Report 10/5/2015

ElCap Report 10/5/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It doesn’t get any better in Yosemite than it is now Pukes .. so.. come on out…no rain, open routes, good times!  I would have thought the Nose would have been jammed, but only two parties went forth from Sickle Ledge, while the multitudes hung back, admiring their new gear and spotless haul bags.

ElCap Report 10/4/2015

ElCap Report 10/4/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It looked like rain today but the clouds came and went, with no rain.  Tomorrow the chance for rain has been reduced down to 20%...not much of a chance as things go in Yosemite.  But that hasn’t stopped climbers from deciding that it was going to rain for sure, so the great rock is mostly empty.  So…not much to report on today.  Recent update to the weather is showing no rain for the next 10 days... this is it Pukes... you gotta dance while the band is playing... and they are playing your song!

ElCap Report 10/3/2015

ElCap Report 10/3/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Another beautiful day has passed here in Yosemite.  We had a nice remembrance for Dean Potter last evening.  The event was well attended, as many friends got together to share the stories that bind us all together.  If you are spiritual, and I am not, you might get some meaning from the first shot on the report.  Dean was infatuated with Ravens, as are many native peoples, and felt a special kinship with them. 

ElCap Report 10/2/2015

ElCap Report 10/2/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… We had a perfect, spectacular, fall day, here in Yosemite.  The Wall population is getting up to normal now.  There is still room on any route you may want to climb, so come on out while the weather is good.

ElCap Report 10/1/2015

ElCap Report 10/1/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It was an interesting day, here in Yosemite.  It started out with clouds and humidity and ended up clear and sunny.  It was what happened in the middle' that made it interesting.  Also, there was a big avalanche off the cliff behind Camp 4 that caused everyone to run for their lives toward the road!  No one was injured but it scared the hell out of a lot of people.  Park Geologist, Greg Stock, declared it to be an actual “rock fall”…and quickly retired to the Mt. Room Bar.

ElCap Report 9/30/2015

ElCap Report 9/30/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cloudy days and warm nights are trending here in the Valley.  Every day I would swear it is about to rain …but none falls.  The lighting is great for what I do, so there are no complaints coming from me!  Lots of climbers are on the Cap, with more to come when the weather settles down a bit.  It is a great time to try doing something in a day.  So cast off your shackles, Cubicle Pukes, pack your kit, kiss your loved ones good bye, and you will be in the gnar before you know it!

ElCap Report 9/29/2015

ElCap Report 9/30/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Cloudy and humid weather continues to dominate the past few days.  Rain is in the forecast for the next several days so some teams are postponing their start.  However, it has not actually rained yet and several IAD teams have taken advantage of the cool conditions to race up the Cap.  Traditional wall style teams, high up, may get hosed later in the week… if you are starting a route be sure to get rain-geared up.

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.

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