ElCap Report 6/1/2015

ElCap Report 6/1/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Strong winds at the meadow kept pestering my efforts all day and by 3pm it was just too windy to continue shooting.  But I did get some good shots!  It was cold and windy on unprotected parts of the Cap.  The Nose saw two NIAD teams with the first way out ahead of the other one.  The Salathe remains empty.  So take a break and come with me, up high on The North American Wall, The Shortest Straw, and Zodiac, along with other action.

ElCap Report 5/31/2015

ElCap Report 5/31/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Continued clear weather has been bringing climbers from all over to our favorite rock… El Capitan!  Emily Harrington finished Golden Gate today with a nice lead on the A-5 Traverse early in the morning.  Over on Freerider, Chris Bevins sent the route and topped out late in the evening.  So things are getting done and the action is heating up.  Why are you sitting there reading this drivel when you could be here climbing???

ElCap Report 5/30/2015

ElCap Report 5/30/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Another great climbing day is in the books.  The only problem, on this day, was the horrendous traffic!  The Park Service did a good job of keeping the traffic moving, so it only took about an hour to get from the Bridge back to the Lodge.  We did have lots of climbing on the Hill… so….

ElCap Report 5/29/2015

ElCap Report 5/29/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Continued great weather dominates late May climbing on ElCap.  It was a little too warm in the middle of the day and several teams ledged up to wait it out.  The Nose had a fair number of parties but fortunately they were pretty spread out.  There are routes galore that need YOU to get your sorry butt out here and start climbing.

ElCap Report 5/28/2015

ElCap Report 5/28/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Just in today, nice clouds and cool weather for your climbing enjoyment.  Things are subdued here at the ElCap Meadow because of the tragedy we had on the Nose yesterday.  I talked with the two partners of the deceased climber today and the resulting analysis is presented below.  Be sure to read what happened.

ElCap Report 5/27/2015

ElCap Report 5/27/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…  Splendid weather continues to highlight the mid season here in Yosemite.  Lots of climbing going on now..almost too much to keep track of.  Today we had a beautiful day of climbing that turned tragic in early afternoon.  Read more about the day below.

ElCap Report 5/26/2015

ElCap Report 5/26/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Perfect weather continues to bring the multitudes to ElCap.  Lots of action on the Big Stone today.  But.. I need to clear up something… We climbers, and hangers on, here in Yosemite, live in a different world than the outsiders who come here to visit.  It is like they come from another planet than we live on.  Thus the term “Touron” is a takeoff from Star Trek… You got your Klingons, and Cretons and such… so since Tourist come from a world outside ours we call them “Tourons”… it is not a combination of tourist and moron!! 

ElCap Report 5/24 and 25 /2015

ElCap Report 5/24 and 25/2015

By Tom Evans

Yo… It looks like the stormy weather has passed for a time and the hoards have laid siege to ElCap.  Some interesting routes are now on the agenda.  Rally, Cubicle Pukes, put aside your boring daily tasks and take a few moments to catch up on all the action, direct from El Capitan… the greatest distraction in most of our lives!

ElCap Report 5/22 and 23 /2015

ElCap Report 5/22 and 23/2015

By Tom Evans

Yo... Rain, rain, rain.. that's just the way it is...

later ElTom

ElCap Report 5/21/2015

ElCap Report 5/21/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… I would love to have tons of shots from today to show you… but… it has rained all afternoon and is still going at 5:30pm…So… Today is Throw Back Thursday and I have selected some shots from 2012 to share with you, just in case you haven’t seen them before.  Today the team, on Zodiac climbed the White Circle, and were last seen heading up the Mark of Zorro.  That does it for today’s news!

ElCap Report 5/20/2015

ElCap Report 5/20/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Blue Bird Day here in the Ditch!  Nothing much going on up on the hill.  So… today I am going to post some shots of people I have from the past.  I am not able to identify all of the people in each shot so I will do what I can. The first four shots are from today.  BTW.. the big holiday weekend is coming up and traffic will be bad in the Valley... so I may not be able to get back to the lodge to do the report for a couple of days... so don't worry... I will combine a couple days when things settle down again.

ElCap Report 5/19/2015

ElCap Report 5/19/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Today started out to be a bluebird day, but around 2pm clouds came in and the temperature dropped as the wind became stronger.  Not a lot of action on the Cap today, because people are still holding back, waiting for a better weather forecast.  Actually the conditions are ideal, if you can tolerate a light shower in the evening.

The recent BASE jumping accident has gotten a lot of media coverage and we still have reporters here covering the story.  The Park Service has done an excellent job of getting accident information out to the public.  You can read the details on the NPS website, or on just about any other climbing or BASE website

ElCap Report 5/18/2015

ElCap Report 5/18/15

By Tom Evans

Yo... sketchy weather has kept the Captain empty on this day.  Many friends of Dean and Graham have come to the Valley to share their grief with those of us here.  Many stories are being exchanged and the memory of the men is thus kept alive.  We pretty much know what happened that Saturday evening but it has not been officially confirmed by the NPS.  Their investigators are working hard on the available photos of the accident and descriptions from witnesses.  The results will be published in good time.  Climbers are rather hardened to the death of friends and we are taking it stride as best we can.

ElCap Report 5/17/2015

ElCap Report 5/17/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. I sit at my table, in the Café, as the rain pours down just outside the window.  It started a bit after noon and continues unabated.  The gloom of the day is heightened by the death, last evening, of two of our community’s best people.  Dean Potter, and Graham Hunt, perished late in the evening when a BASE jump from Taft Point went terribly wrong.  Yosemite Search and Rescue received word last night that the men were overdue and immediately sent out ground parties, to search for them.  I awoke, just after dawn, when a helicopter flew low over the house I was staying in, while searching for the men.  I heard that they were over due and was at the EC Meadow, doing my daily shooting, when friends came by and confirmed the tragedy.  The men’s bodies were recovered by noon and many friends gathered throughout the morning and afternoon to seek comfort and share their grief. 

ElCap Report 5/16/2015

ElCap Report 5/16/15

By Tom Evans

Yo..  Today we had a beautiful day in the Valley.. right up until it started raining!  Fortunately the rain came in very late in the day.  We actually had some action on the Big Stone too!  So here we go Cubicle Pukes… climbing is on for the spring season!  In this report I will also cover a some shots from the past few days…I don’t have many because I was busy with other shooting for the past week.

ElCap Report 5/15/2015

ElCap Report 5/15/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Heavy weather here in the Valley today.  Unfortunately not enough rain to make much of a difference in the water situation but just enough to keep climbers off the Big Stone.  Today the Adidas Outdoor crew went down to ElCap and spent some time on the Alcove Swing, along with some slack lining.  I stayed down below and got some video and stills of the crowd doing the swing as there wasn’t much else to do today.

ElCap Report 5/14/2015

ElCap Report 5/14/15 Start of the Spring Climbing Season!

By Tom Evans

Yo... Don't get too excited about the Report yet.  The weather reverted to March-April stuff and we have snow and rain forecast for the next several days.  There has been some good climbing this spring, so stay tuned... when the weather clears I will be back at it down in the EC meadow. 

I am staying in Yosemite West for the next few days and will be camping somewhere after that.  Here are the present conditions in Yo. West.

ElCap Report 1/14/2015 SPECIAL DAWN WALL EDITION DAY 19

ElCap Report 1/14/15 Special Dawn Wall Edition Day 19

Brought to you by Adidas Outdoor

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Spectacular weather continued to be one of the main factors in the “Climb of the Century” aka “The most difficult rock climb in the world.”  I got to the meadow this morning around 8am and the climbing didn’t start until 9am.  The team had spent the night on the “Ship’s Bow” and had 4 difficult pitches to do today.  I got word from Tommy that their intended ETA on the top would be pushed back from noon to about 3pm.  The world had also arrived at the ElCap meadow and massive media coverage, including, live streaming video, was beamed all around the world!  The crowd was large and a forest of “Big Gun” telephoto lenses put my little rig to shame!  A festive atmosphere soon developed as the sun came over the ridge to the south and the meadow warmed in the bright California sun.  The climb was far from over and by now you know the outcome.  Pictures of the event are everywhere, so mine will add little to the history of the event on this day.  But, I will post some of mine so you loyal readers can see what I saw and felt on this historic occasion.

ElCap Report 1/13/2015 SPECIAL DAWN WALL EDITION DAY 18

ElCap Report 1/13/15  Special Dawn Wall Edition Day 18

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By Tom Evans

Yo..Unprecedented good weather continues to bless this climb.  We had another blue bird day, that was a bit cold at the start but warmed nicely in the morning sun.  Today was moving day. The men need to get 7 pitches climbed to make it to their chosen bivy spot, the Ship’s Bow, high above.  They haven’t climbed that many pitches in a day before and it would be interesting to see if, after all the two day pitches, they could saddle up and ride fast.  It started with the ascent of the photographer’s lines to Wino Tower, which took a long time.

ElCap Report 1/12/2015 SPECIAL DAWN WALL EDITION DAY 17

ElCap Report 1/12/15 Special Dawn Wall Edition Day 17

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By Tom Evans

Yo.. Today was catch-up day for Kevin.  A good effort would bring each team member’s high point to Wino Tower.  Since Tommy’s high point was already there, Kevin had to climb pitches 18, 19, 20.  The weather was kind of a problem.  The day was partly cloudy and, when the sun was out, it was really warm, but when clouds obscured the sun, it was quite chilly.  There is much talk around town, concerning summit day… when was the question?  Everyone has a different idea.  The media darling of rock climbing, Alex Honnold, said it will be Wednesday, mid day.  I think it will be a day later, perhaps two.  (EDITED LATER.. Honnold was right and I was wrong!)  In mid morning, the day after the summit day, there is to be a press conference, with the men, in the ElCap meadow.  Well…remember Captain Tom’s saying, “You never have it made, until you have it done.”  Climbing to start at 10am tomorrow morning!

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