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.  Many of the reports were written before I was able to post images, so don't expect to see images with all the 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.  SOME OF WHAT IS WRITTEN IS SIMPLY  A FABRICATION, WRITTEN TO MAKE THE STORY "BETTER".  SO DON'T TAKE THIS STUFF TOO SERIOUSLY.  IT IS MEANT AS 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 GOVERMENTAL OR PRIVATE AGENCY.  ALL CONTENT IS STRICTLY MY OPINION.

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!  It is for all of you who read the reports, and for the climbers who are in them, that I spend the many hours it takes to keep this thing going. If you want to read about my life then click on the "About Tom Evans" box above.

A new feature of the site is the Photo Gallery above.  If you just want to see some pics from 2009 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.   Be sure to click on "original" to see a larger image of the shot.  Enjoy!!

Best wishes,  Tom Evans

  The "read more" for this section will give you additional information about getting pictures and processing, and comments.

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

ElCap Report 6/15 to 6/16 2014

ElCap Report 6/15 to 6/16/2014

By Tom Evans

Yo... Cool and windy seems to be the weather pattern for the moment.  Climbers are showing up to get on the good routes.  So come on out!

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

ElCap Report 6/14/14

ElCap Report 6/14/14

By Tom Evans

Yo... perfect weather is here and we still need some replacements for the teams that have climbed and gone home... what about You??

I noticed a forest fire just starting up on my way into the park this morning.  We have had smoke drifting in all day and that is making for some bad atmospherics. 

ElCap Report 6/13/14

Yo... Splendid weather now... cool and sunny... no rain in any forecast.  Still lots of open routes and plenty of time for you to get on something.

We did have an accident last evening.  Alex and Brandon were fixing the first on Lunar Eclipse when Brandon pulled a head and the next piece, a newer BD #5 nut, as I recall, had its cable break!  The next piece down, another nut with a sling on it had the biner come off the sling.  Anyway Brandon went to the deck and YOSAR was called to the scene.  Broken hip was the call from the scene and Brandon was collected and flown out on a med-evac flight.  I talked to Alex this morning and it seems that Brandon was lucky... he has a very badly bruised hip, a broken rib, and a lost tooth or two but other wise is ok.  Check your nuts!!

ElCap Report 6/12/14

Yo.. The great weather is here and looking like hanging on for the rest of the season.  Cool up high today as witnessed by the Shield crew in puffy jackets and windbreakers all day!  Most of the action is on the Nose and Salathe/Freerider.  Zodiac is now empty... so this is your window of opportunity for that great classic.

ElCap Report 6/11/14

ElCap Report 6/11/14

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Hey the weather continues to be great up on the wall... a bit too hot on the Valley floor.  Not a lot of action on the cliff but the routes that are going are seeing some good teams on this today.  The internet I have been using has changed and it is very slow now... so I will get this report done and see what I can find for the next one.

ElCap Report 6/8 to 6/9 2014

Yo... Ok the great weather continues but on the warm side.  A cooling trend is expected in the next few days.  So be here, or be stupid.

I only have about an hour of internet access these days so those of you who are not in Yosemite and are emailing me for your climbing shots will have to bear with me... Drop Box takes ages to download so many images so it will take some time for me to get back to you.... have patience please and keep sending me email reminders every week or so and that way I will remember who you are!  Yesterday, Allfrey and Honnold finished their 7 ElCap routes in 7 days.  They finished on the 3D in a time of 5:15 which is a new time record.  So out of the 7 climbs they got 4 new speed records... not bad for a couple of young guys!!

ElCap Report 6/6 to 6/7 2014

ElCap Report 6/6 to 6/7 2014

By Tom Evans

Yo... Splendid weather continues to dominate the late Spring season on ElCap.  Hotter the next few days.  The Nose and Zodiac are seeing most of the action with some other climbers on Never Never Land, the Salathe, and Tribal Rite.  Allfrey and Honnold zipped the Zod in 5:05 this morning and were down by noon for a party thrown by Dave's folks at my tree in the meadow.  Good times for sure!

ElCap Report 6/5/14

ElCap Report 6/5/14

By Tom Evans

Yo... Beautiful days here in the Valley and lots of routes still to be done by.... you Puke!!  Get here... soon.  Or miss some of the best climbing weather we have seen in many a year.  Allfrey and Honnold are still knocking off EC routes daily.  They did the Nose today at what, I recall, Alex calls, "Recreational Pace".  No record this day but none was expected as that record requires considerable preparation and practice.  Still 5:15 is pretty smoking!!

ElCap Report 6/4/14

ElCap Report 6/4/14

By Tom Evans

Yo... still sweet weather here these days and the cliff is seeing some action.  Two teams on Tribal via New Dawn, several teams on the Nose, Zodiac has a bunch including several fromTeam Extreme Riders, Salathe has a team, Hudon and Richards are finishing the Albatross as I write this.  Italians have finished Mescalito. Allfrey and Honnold have set a speed record on the three climbs they have done over the past three days including, New Jersey Turnpike, Tangerine Trip and today they sent Eagles Way. 

ElCap Report 6/3/14

ElCap Report 6/3/14

By Tom Evans

Yo... continued great weather... get here soon folks.  Gotta run today so this will be short on words but long on picture quality.

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

ElCap Report 6/2/14

ElCap Report 6/2/14

By Tom Evans

Yo.. kind of a slow here today with not a lot of action on the cliff, in spite of the great weather.  We had climbers on the Nose, Salathe, Albatross, Mescalito, Zodiac, and New Jersey Turnpike.  Dave Allfrey and Alex Honnold are on the higher reaches of the Turnpike as I type these words. Here are a few shots of today's action.

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

ElCap Report 5/30 to 6/1/2014

ElCap Report 5/30 to 6/1/2014

By Tom Evans

Yo... Continued great weather prevails here in the Ditch.  Where are you?  You are not here?  You screwed up!  Allfrey and Honnold are blasting tomorrow on New Jersey Turnpike to do it in a day and for the next several days they will be trying to do an ElCap route a day!  You are going to miss it all, Puke.  But I will be sure to let you see the highlights on the Report!  Part of my, Mr. Nice Guy Policy.

ElCap Report 5/27 to 5/30/2014

ElCap Report 5/27 to 5/30/2014

By Tom Evans

Yo... Spectacular weather doesn't seem to be enough to bring in many climbers... so this is YOUR chance to get on that route you always wanted to yourself!  The climbing that is going on is of a high quality.  James McAffie and partner Dan just got down from a send of El Nino, just a few days after Tobias Wolf and his partner Thomas did the route.  Hudon and Jones made it back from their climb of Reticent.  Honnold and Allfrey are in the Valley now and are formulating some amazing plans... stay tuned.  Team Extreme Riders, from Korea, are due in soon.  So the stage is set for good things to happen.

ElCap Report 5/23 to 5/27/2014

ElCap Report 5/23 to 5/27/2014

By Tom Evans

Yo... perfect weather is bringing them back to the Valley, although today was not a very busy one on the Cap.  Hudon and Jones are down from Reticent after a very nice ascent of this difficult route.  A Zodiac team finished this afternoon and a solo is going into the circle now.  The Nose has had a lot of action in the past few days.  New Dawn has the normal Piton Pete crew on it but have not cleared the trees yet... maybe later in the week! The British climber James McCaffy and his partner are half way up El Nino.  The rest is sort of explained in the pics below.

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