ElCap Report 10/13/2014

ElCap Report 10/13/14 Pictures included!!

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Spectacular weather and lots of interesting climbing are the norm these days here in Yosemite.  The fall lighting is great and I am getting tons of excellent shots of routes that are seldom climbed.  Only the internet is keeping me from posting the reports on time… not much I can do but wait to find a moment when I can put the shots in with the writing … so be patient and the pics will be included.

ElCap Report 10/12/2014

ElCap Report 10/12/14 

By Tom Evans

Yo…Tons of shots on the report today, as we finally have some interesting routes being done, aside from the usual trade routes.  Not that there’s anything wrong with climbing trade routes!  Today was the, second, and last Moon Day for the Fall climbing season.  Look below to see the shot.

I am running a day behind on the report…not because I don’t do them every day, but the internet has been out a lot lately and I have not been able to post them.  Hope this one gets on line pretty soon!

ElCap Report 10/11/2014

ElCap Report 10/11/14  

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Lots of climbing being done these days, as the weather has been some of the best I can recall, for this time of year.  The power is back on in the Valley and the road is sort of open with different schedules and lane operations.  Better check before you come up on 140.  Today was moon day but a thin layer of clouds dulled the shots but tomorrow is another moon day, the last of the season, and we will see.  Internet has been a problem.  The reports are done and written but I am unable to find internet fast enough to post them… I will post as soon as possible.. sorry!

ElCap Report 10/10/2014

ElCap Report 10/10/14

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Splendid weather has caused a rush to ElCap, for the first time this season.  Fall weather is here folks so this is just the right moment for you to show up!  Power has been out in Yosemite for several days and rumors abound as to when it will be fixed, down at El Portal.  The only place that has power is the Lodge food areas, because they have generators.  The rooms have no power and haven’t had hot water for a while either.  They are discounting rooms at the Lodge..one third off the cost of a room…not bad if you like the dark!  Lots of interesting action on the Captain these days.

ElCap Report 10/9/2014

ElCap Report 10/9/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Nicer day today with only the slightest trace of smoke.  Also, the weather has cooled to more Fall-like conditions.  Highway 140 is closed until further notice doe to the air tanker crash a few days ago.  Sadly the pilot was killed and our thoughts are with his family.  Some nice routes are on the agenda at the moment.

ElCap Report 10/8/2014

ElCap Report 10/8/14

By Tom Evans

Yo…Today was too warm and smoky to get many shots worth seeing.  Several teams have bailed, because of the heat, over the past several days.  I have no news about the fire out west of the Valley but the air is clear at night and in the mornings and worsens as the day progresses.  The teams who are going upward seem to be making good progress.  James Lucas says it's July in October!

ElCap Report 10/7/2014

ElCap Report 10/7/14             

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Great weather continues here in Yosemite but a little too “good,” as climbers are complaining about the heat…welcome to global warming!  While the Nose has a couple of parties on it the other routes, on the Report, have just one party at the moment.

Fire in above El Portal today and smoke is drifting into the Valley.  It looks like another bad one, rapidly climbing the hills above Arch Rock.  Air fire fighting tanker crashed working this fire... so sad to hear....

 

ElCap Report 10/6/2014

ElCap Report 10/6/14

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The good weather, continuing for the next 10 days, is starting to draw climbers to the great cliff.  We have action on several routes now and the big trades are less populated… so… come on out and take advantage of the best conditions in years.

ElCap Report 10/5/2014

ElCap Report 10/5/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow.. Another fantastic day of climbing conditions on ElCap! Where are the climbers?  Not much to report on with few climbers taking advantage of the great weather.  A few teams on the Nose, and one on Zodiac.

Today’s ElCap Report…written just for you..unique in all the world!

Zodiac:  The hammock boys are killing it today and should be off by dark… seems like those hammocks are a good incentive to climb fast!

1)  Cleaning the MOZ pitch this morning.

ElCap Report 10/3 and 10/4/2014

ElCap Report 10/3 and 10/4/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Nice weather for the past several days and it looks to be continuing into next week.  Sweet!  While yesterday was a tough day for the climbing community (still no word on Simon’s condition) it was also a day that saw a lot of climbing, as was today.

ElCap Report Special Rescue Edition 10/3/2014

ElCap Report Special Rescue Edition 10/3/14

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Well, today was to have been a nice climbing day, with a special event that I will have to cover later.  I was in the Café doing some images and finishing breakfast when Bud Miller, from YOSAR, told me that there was to be rescue off the Nose at Camp 4 ledge.  I quickly packed up my computer and headed to the ElCap Meadow to shoot the proceedings.  No rescue vehicles had arrived yet, so I set up and looked through the camera to see what the problem was.  What I saw was not good…not good at all.  A team that I had been following for a couple of days had had an accident.  Simon, a doctor from Wales, had fallen on the pitch above Camp 4 and was lying, seriously injured, on a ledge. His wife, Marian, was tending to his injuries and on the cell phone to the rescue people.

ElCap Report 10/2/2014

ElCap Report 10/2/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… It doesn’t get any better than today was here in Yosemite!  We need replacements up on the Cap as most of the teams on the wall have, or are about to, top out.  Nice surprise at the end of the regular shots below, so be sure to take a look!  Trade routes still dominate the climbing with the exception of just one team.

Today’s ElCap Report…written just for you…unique in all the world!

ElCap Report 10/1/2014

ElCap Report 10/1/14

By Tom Evans

Yo…Killer weather is the order of the day!  The Nose is mobbed and the Salathe almost vacant!  The other occupied routes are entertaining single parties only. 

Sorry for the late postings of the reports of late.  I have been using the Lodge internet and it is only productive before 4pm so after shooting, processing images, and writing the report it is too late to post it that day.  So have patience please.

ElCap Report 9/30/2014

ElCap Report 9/30/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Solid Fall climbing weather has set in and the Bridge crew has seen a rush of wantabe Freerider/Salathe free teams, swarming over the route on practice runs.  The lower part of the Nose is infested with teams with questionable talent, hauling big bags and big dreams.  The rest of the Cap goes virtually unused.  So now that Fall is in full swing, this is the time for the rest of you, holding back, to get your sorry butts here and up on the Captain!!  Cubicle Pukes!!  Unshackle your chains and run for the door!  Just tell them that Tom said it was ok!

 

ElCap Report 9/29/2014

ElCap Report 9/29/14        Pictures posted on this report!!

By Tom Evans

Yo…Finally the stormy weather has passed on to the east and spectacular Fall conditions have settled in again.  The storm was far more powerful than we had anticipated but the teams remaining on the Cap all fared well and are continuing upward.  The rain was much needed and hopefully cut the fire season short in this area at least.

ElCap Report 9/28/2014

ElCap Report 9/28/14

By Tom Evans

Yo... continued rain today heavy at times... no one climbing much ... just sitting waiting for the weather to clear.  Two teams on the Nose topped out this afternoon after what must have been an uncomfortable night at Camp 5 and 6.

Later Capt. Tom

ElCap Report 9/27/2014

ElCap Report 9/27/2014

By Tom Evans

Yo… Thicker clouds moved in last evening and we had some rain late last night.  When I arrived at the Bridge, around 8:15am, most of the clouds had lessened and the sun was in and out for most of the day.  As I am writing this report, at 6pm, it has started raining but not with much intensity.  We expect tomorrow to be a day of clearing and the weather to improve over the next two days.  The Captain is pretty empty at the moment but here is what I have for today.

ElCap Report 9/26/14

ElCap Report 9/26/14    

By Tom Evans

Yo… A few drops of rain fell in the middle of the last night.  Nice clouds all day and great light for shooting climbers.  Windy and cold at the Bridge.  This will be the Report for this day and I will put all the shots in when I can.  Still looking for good internet.  If anyone reading this is living in the Valley, I would be happy to pay you 2X your monthly internet bill to use your internet for about a half an hour a day.  Contact me ASAP if you can help with this problem… thousands of climbers and loved ones of climbers on the wall will thank you!!

ElCap Report 9/24 thru 9/25/2014

ElCap Report 9/24 to 9/25/2014 

By Tom Evans

Yo…We’ve had super duper weather the past several days.  I awoke to mostly cloudy skies, with rapid cloud movement today.  Lots of shadows on the wall, which made for good shooting.  There have been many climbers on the Nose over the last 3 days, and the clusterfcuk has been impressive. 

THE BIG NEWS OF THE 24TH WAS THAT CHANTEL ASTORGA SOLOED THE NOSE IN A WOMEN'S RECORD TIME OF 24:39, JUST MISSING BECOMING THE FIRST WOMAN TO SOLO ELCAP IN A DAY!!   Read all about it below!

ElCap Report 9/23/2014

ElCap Report 9/23/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… It couldn’t be nicer than today was here in Yosemite.  Gorgeous Fall weather continues to dominate the scene, bringing many more climbers onto the great rock.  You, sedentary Pukes, hiding in your cubicles, need to get out of that chair and come to Yosemite to climb the route of your dreams!  The season is on big time.  This week the Face Life is commanding the attention of a lot of climbers and thus the Report may skip a day or two so I can attend the evening events.  Also folks .. the driving back and forth to and from the Valley is very expensive, along with other things here.. so any donations you can make to the website (Donate Button up on the left) are always greatly appreciated!!

 

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