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

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ElCap Report 10/23/2014

ElCap Report 10/23/14

By Tom Evans

Yo..We had another beautiful day here at the vortex, of the epicenter, of the universe.  Nice climbing up on the hill and you will see some cool shots in this report.  Tomorrow Chantel is back on the Nose going for the woman’s solo record.  I talked with her in the meadow and we discussed a few things in a general way.  She feels much better than a couple of days ago.  You go girl!!

 

ElCap Report 10/22/2014

ElCap Report 10/22/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Nice action on the hill today!  The girls day out, took an unexpected turn this morning as Chantel had some difficulties getting in the groove, so early in the morning.  She dropped some gear and then took a long fall off the 2nd pitch.  She wisely concluded that discretion is the better part of valor and came down to go another day.  Libby and Mayan had a nice run at a leisurely pace for them.  Mayan has been ill for a couple of weeks and has not completely recovered.  I don’t know their time but I would guess between 9 and 11 hours.  Chantel has plans to go back on Friday.

ElCap Report 10/21/2014

ElCap Report 10/21/14

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Yo…Yo..  What beautiful days we’ve been having for the last several weeks!  Interesting times to be here in Yosemite.  The Girls are back in town!!   Tomorrow will see Chantel make a run at a sub 24 hour solo of the Nose.  Not to be out done,  Libby and Mayan are doing a practice run on the Nose with the ultimate goal of knocking some serious time off their own Nose record, which I recall being something like 5:36.  Chantel is starting at 4 or so and Libby and Mayan at a more relaxed 7am.  It will be fun to watch, so if you are around then be sure to come on out and support the women!

ElCap Report 10/20/2014

ElCap Report 10/20/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… The action, on ElCap, has subdued somewhat, in spite of the perfect weather.  Teams reached the top of the Shield, ZM, Salathe, and the Nose.  I’m calling up the reserves!!  All aspiring ElCap climbers report to the Bridge, IMMEDIATELY!!  Be sure to get instructions on the Dress For The Day!  Anyone in Gray, Brown, Black, and dark earth tones, need not bother!  Several Big Guns have arrived in the past few days so get ready for some interesting climbing…only, of course, on the ElCap Report!!  Capt. Tom is your man, here on the front lines, at the vortex, of the epicenter, of the universe!  So don’t stray too far from your computer or you will miss all the breaking news!

ElCap Report 10/19/2014

ElCap Report 10/19/14

By Tom Evans

Yo…  Several teams have recently topped out, but there is still some interesting climbing going on, in perfect weather.  Fall is starting to take shape here, with warming sunlight on cool days.  The Bridge is as cold as a meat locker, as it’s in the shade for most of the day, and I quickly retire to the meadow upon arrival.  Also, various trees and meadows are finally turning Fall colors.  So get here if you can, and enjoy the climbing and friendship of your fellow climbers.

ElCap Report 10/18/2014

ElCap Report 10/18/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… Every day, in the introduction, I keep saying the same thing.  But we have perfect weather and the cliff has many interesting climbs being done.  The results are in on the women’s attempt to climb two ElCap routes in a day…. YEP THEY DID IT!!  The time was a little north of 21 hours!  A proud send on the distaff side!  Be sure to look at the last two shots, showing the girls at the Bridge today.

ElCap Report 10/17/2014

ElCap Report 10/17/14

By Tom Evans

Yo…Great weather continues and climbs are being done to take advantage of it.  Lots of action, all over the cliff today.  The girls were out today and I think are, right now, finishing up the first woman’s team climb of two ElCap Routes in a day!  See the shots below! 

ElCap Report 10/16/2014

ElCap Report 10/16/14

By Tom Evans

Yo…More interesting climbing going on now, in mid season October.  A new route is being worked on and some speed work is going on, in the near future too.  Nice weather is continuing to pack the big trades with heroes and zeros alike.  So read up pukes… these days will be the good old days for all these climbers, and you can see it all too.

 

ElCap Report 10/15/2014

ElCap Report 10/15/14

By Tom Evans

Yo…Cooler weather and cloudy skies were the order of the day, save for a stretch of sunny hours around noon.  The action continues on the hill, with a lot of climbers on the Salathe.  The Nose is presently empty of climbers as a couple of teams went to Sickle and then down fixed lines.

ElCap Report 10/14/2014

ElCap Report 10/14/14

By Tom Evans

Yo… The bad weather predicted earlier has yet to materialize and it looks like we will continue to have nice weather.  Still lots of interesting routes being done on ElCap and the season is looking like it will continue for several more weeks.  This has been a strange Fall with regards to the trees and such.  The Sugar Maple I like to photograph came in and went out in three days.  We are getting some color along the south side drive but the aspens have not turned, although I hear they have on the east side.  No water over the falls, except for Vernal and Nevada.

 

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.

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