ElCap Report

Welcome to the ElCap Report website.  Below you will find the reports I have written for the past several climbing seasons in Yosemite.  I use a 500mm and a 600mm lens for the images you will see below.  The early reports were written before I had my own website, so don't expect to see images with the early reports.  Originally the reports were done on Supertopo.com so you will find references to that site in the writings.  I started this site in late April of 2009 and have been pleased with the interest you readers have shown.  Website design and operation by Chris Falkenstein of El Portal, CA.  Many thanks Chris!!

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DISCLAIMER: 

THESE REPORTS ARE THE MUSINGS OF AN OBSERVER WHO IS FAR FROM THE ACTION AND ANY RELATION TO THE TRUTH IS THE MEREST OF COINCIDENCE.  A SMALL PORTION OF WHAT IS WRITTEN IS SOMETIMES SIMPLY A FABRICATION, WRITTEN TO MAKE THE STORY "BETTER".  DON'T TAKE THIS STUFF TOO SERIOUSLY.  IT IS MEANT AS LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT, FOR THE MOST PART, ALTHOUGH I DO TRY TO GET THE CLIMBING FACTS RIGHT.  THESE REPORTS ARE WRITTEN FOR CLIMBERS, SO DON'T BE SURPRISED IF YOU, A NON-CLIMBER, DON'T GET THE TERMINOLOGY.  THIS REPORT IS IN NO WAY "OFFICIAL" AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS THE OPINION OF ANY GOVERNMENTAL OR PRIVATE AGENCY.  ALL CONTENT IS STRICTLY MY OPINION.  IF YOU DON'T WISH TO BE MENTIONED IN THE REPORT, OR PHOTOGRAPHED, JUST SEND ME AN EMAIL (CLICK "CONTACT" ABOVE) TO THAT EFFECT, OR COME BY THE BRIDGE, AND LET ME KNOW AND YOUR PRIVACY WILL BE RESPECTED.  NO ONE IS REQUIRED TO READ THE REPORT.. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT THEN DON'T READ IT.

Read and enjoy the exploits of the climbers who take on El Capitan.  They are a diverse group with a common bond and each has a unique story to tell.

Many thanks to those who have made a donation to the site... all donations are really appreciated, no matter the amount! The costs of doing all this far exceeds the amount of donations received, but without donations, the photography and Report would not be possible.  It is for all the readers of the report, and the climbers in it, that I spend time and money to keep this thing going.

A feature of the site is the Photo Gallery above.  If you just want to see some pics from past reports, then click on this box or click on any images in the thumb nails grouped on the left of the page, or the Monthly Archive for April 2010.  Enjoy!!

Best wishes,  Tom Evans

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ElCap Report 9/29/16

ElCap Report 9/29/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo..Great weather is bringing out great numbers of climbers.  Lots of action… but ironically, not on the Nose which is languishing in disuse at the moment.  Salathe/Freerider is the King for the week and maybe longer.  Sunday is going to be interesting as Hans Florine has a project going that will be a real crowd pleaser.  So stay tuned for all the latest happenings on the Cap.

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

ElCap Report 9/28/16

ElCap Report 9/28/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well it has been pretty warm these past few days and we are looking forward to some better conditions.  The old Cap is filling up.  Not much action on the Nose, but a lot on Salathe/Freerider.  Plus routes we don’t see a lot of are getting done too.  Let’s get to it!!

ElCap Report 9/27/16

ElCap Report 9/27/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… It’s still kinda warm these days but the forecast is for much cooler temps coming soon … so if the heat is your problem, then your salvation is at hand.  I was able to get down to EC to shoot for 4 hours this morning, so I have a better variety of shots for you today.  The teams we have been watching in recent days have moved up the cliff now and some even have topped out. 

ElCap Report 9/26/16

ElCap Report 9/26/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm temps have returned to the Valley and climbers are heading for the shady routes.  I only got an hour at the EC meadow today and spent the rest of the day shooting for Adidas.  That hour was the first of the day so what you will see is just the start of a long day of climbing.

ElCap Report 9/25/16

ElCap Report 9/25/16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Super duper weather continues to keep the Cap hopping with climbers.  I was not able to spend much time at EC today and got just a few shots.  I spent the rest of the day shooting for Adidas.  This may be a pattern for the next couple of weeks so please bear with me.

ElCap Report 9/24/16

ElCap Report 9/24/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Continued fine weather seems to be the driving force behind the recent surge of climbers on ElCap.  I was able to shoot ElCap for a few hours today and worked for Adidas the rest of the day.  Tomorrow will be mostly Adidas so the reports may thin out a bit over the next week or so.  Lots of cool climbing going on so with that said…

ElCap Report 9/23/16

ElCap Report 9/23/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo.. We had a beautiful day with comfortable temperatures and little wind.  The SE Face is getting most of the attention these days but I have heard that several teams will be setting off on the SW Face tomorrow.  We are now in prime season with great weather forecast for the next week or so. 

ElCap Report 9/22/16

ElCap Report 9/22/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Fall weather is upon us.  The day dawned clear and cold and the rain was a distant memory.  The Big Stone is seeing more action now and some interesting routes are being climbed.  So stay tuned for all the latest news straight from the Captain. 

ElCap Report 9/21/16

ElCap Report 9/21/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo... the rains came but not the driving kind.  Showers on and off all day.  The only team on the SE face is the Heart Land guys who hauled kit.  A team on the Salathe was seen at the Roof.  It looks like everyone else is off the wall at this time.

So that's the way it is for this Wednesday, the 21st day of September, 2016.

Capt. Tom... staying dry.

 

ElCap Report 9/20/16

ElCap Report 9/20/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Clouds have come into the valley, bringing a much needed respite from the recent hot weather.  Slight chance of rain in the forecast.  The action is heating up as you will read in the Report below… so get to it!

ElCap Report 9/18 and 19 /2016

ElCap Report 9/18 and 19/ 2016

By Tom Evans

Yo… Not much action on ElCap these past two days.  You guessed it… the weather has been hot, hot, and hotter.  Only the Nose and Salathe have seen much action but like I said a couple of days ago… things are about to happen on a larger scale.  Starting this coming Saturday I will be shooting for Adidas Outdoor for the next two weeks so the reports may be combinations of days like today’s is.  The Face Lift starts today and the place is packed with attendees.  The traffic patterns are much changed too so please pay attention when you are driving.

ElCap Report 9/17/16

ElCap Report 9/17/16

By Tom Evans

Yo..  The weather is really nice now and the numbers are increasing on EC.  Lots of action on the Nose, with the rest of the big 5 longing for some action.  Big things to come, including the Face-lift this next week.  Beware of the roads as the old one way roads are now two way. 

ElCap Report 9/16/16

ElCap Report 9/16/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Spectacular weather has set in now and the big trades are getting a workout.  I had a nice drive up yesterday and found the smoke gone from the Valley and the traffic pattern considerably changed and that is a good thing!  So pay attention when you are visiting the park.  Camp 4 is pretty full most of the time and the annual Face Lift is coming up in a few days, so plan accordingly.

ElCap Report 6/24/16

ElCap Report 6/24/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm weather seems to have flushed a lot of climbers off the Cap these days.  As a result, tomorrow will see only one party on ElCap.  Not good for what I do!!  So this will be the season’s last report unless something big happens in the next few days.  I will still shoot some so you can contact me to get the shots.

ElCap Report 6/23/16

ElCap Report 6/23/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… The Captain is still seeing a shortage of climbers in the late June heat.  So the Report is a thin one… and it seems my dedicated readers would like to see oldies more than recent shots.  Accordingly, I am posting another batch of oldies for your enjoyment.

ElCap Report 6/22/16

ElCap Report 6/22/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well…I gotta tell you that it is getting hot now.  Summer seems to be upon us, not just date wise, but weather wise too.  Not many teams are on ElCap right now, so the report will be a bit short on variety… so I have thrown in some oldies to fill the gap.

ElCap Report 6/21/16

ElCap Report 6/21/16

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warmer weather has set in now and it seems that a lot of climbers have headed up to the Meadows for the rest of the season.  We still have some diehard big wall climbers here and things are still being done.  The forecast is for higher temperatures later in the week.

ElCap Report 6/20/16

ElCap Report 6/20/16

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Today was another fine day for climbing and it seems there are more climbers on, or headed up to, the cliff.  None of the routes is crowded, at the moment, and this may be the last week or so of cooler weather this season, so get going with your plans.

ElCap Report 6/18 and 19/16

ElCap Report 6/18 and 6/19/2016

By Tom Evans

Yo… The big weekend is over and the President has left town.  It was an interesting time to be here.  The traffic was well managed by NPS but the demands of having the POTUS in town made getting around just about impossible.  The speech he gave was only attended by invitation.  Somehow I was left off the invitation list…I can’t imagine why.  The weather continues to be unseasonably cool and climbing conditions are great.  But the cliff is mostly empty and the Nose saw two days with no one on it.

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