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.

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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.

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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!!

 

ElCap Report 9/22/2014

ElCap Report 9/22/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Spectacular weather has moved into the Valley with clear skies and cool temperatures.  Yes!!  The Face Lift is on this week so you can forget about camping unless you have made reservations in advance.  Most of the action continues to be on trade routes.

ElCap Report 9/19 to 9/21/2014

ElCap Report 9/19 thru 9/21/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Ok dedicated ElCap Report readers… I have returned to the Valley for the Fall season.  The past two days the Valley has been a smoke filled caldron that has made shooting rather difficult.  Today was really nice as we had a big thunder storm last night and the subsequent rain cleared the smoke, from the fires to the west, out of the Valley.  Internet is tenuous this season and I will do my best to keep the report going.

ElCap Report 6/21 to 6/25/2014 Last Report for the Spring Season

ElCap Report 6/21 to 6/25/2014  Late season Report, last of this spring.

By Tom Evans

Yo... I am home now but wanted to post this last report.  It covers the last few days of the season when the internet was not available to me.  There was some nice action on the NA Wall, Salathe, Zodiac, Muir and the Nose.  Many thanks to those of you who have sent a donation to the site... greatly appreciated!

ElCap Report 6/19 to 6/20/2014

ElCap Report 6/19 to 6/20/2014

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Sorry to have missed yesterday but the internet, for us common folks, has been down for two days in a row now and that does make it difficult to do reports on a regular basis.  So this one will be a catch up one.

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I have learned that the internet here has been shut down for good except the lodge one and it is terrible... so until and unless this changes this is the last report of the season.  If I am able to find something in the immediate future I am finished for the Spring Season... and I will have the summer to see what arrangements I can make.  Thanks to all you who have been loyal readers and supporters of the Report!

 

ElCap Report 6/18/14

ElCap Report 6/18/14

By Tom Evans

Yo... Splendid weather continues to dominate the Sierra.  So this is the time for you to take your last shot at the Captain before the heat makes it a suffer fest.

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1)  The Team Extreme Riders (TER) team is off Aurora now and onto the last pitches of the Trip.  They should be off tomorrow.  Here they are getting out early in the morning.  They did top out the next morning after an excellent effort!

ElCap Report 6/17/14

Yo... Another day of climbing, in great weather, closed out.  Cool enough to be a late Sept. day with a strong breeze coming from the west.  We still need some new climbers to get up on the Cap.  The action continues on the Nose, Zodiac, Aurora, Cosmos and the Salathe.  Speaking of Cosmos... Jim Reynolds is still out there knocking off the pitches.  Unfortunately by the time I get out west to shoot him the heat is on and photography is difficult because of the shimmering air currents sweeping up the face... and he sometimes just hides out in the afternoon hear.  But the main thing is that he is doing well and getting the job done. 

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