ElCap Reports from June 2012

ElCap Reports from June 2012

ElCap Report 6/23/12

ElCap Report 6/23/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow!…Fall has really fallen here! Windy, very chilly here at the Bridge today … quite unusual for this time of year. The season is closing out now and this will be the last “scheduled” Report. I will keep shooting as long as I am here, so if you are interested in shots, then be sure to contact me. I may write or post something, if anything interesting or extraordinary happens… so stay tuned. It has been a pretty interesting season with a couple of speed records on the Nose and some other great climbing. As best I can judge, Alex Honnold had the best season of any climber in the history of Yosemite climbing. Our congratulations go out to him!

ElCap Report 6/22/12

ElCap Report 6/22/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Perfect temperatures today as it was Fall in Summer for a change. The wind was pretty stout in the afternoon, however. The Captain is kicking butts these days. In the last several days, out of 6 teams that went on the Cap, only 1 remains! The Korean Extreme Riders Trip Team is the only one left on the wall! Good job ElCap!! Some replacements have arrived and, hopefully, will fare better than previous teams crushed by the Captain.

ElCap Report 6/21/12

ElCap Report 6/21/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… warm today but without the smoke of yesterday.  The light was not the best today, nor was the action on the Cap, so this will be a brief report.

ElCap Report 6/20/12

ElCap Report 6/20/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well it started out well enough with clear skies and nice breezes… The boys in the puzzle palace decided that it was a perfect day… warm, strong breezes, low humidity, dried forest … Yep! Perfect day for a controlled burn! By 2pm the air was thick with smoke, born into the Valley by the seasonal west wind. Seems that the term “controlled burn” is often an oxymoron around the Western United States. Hopefully, the formulas and ground conditions will make this a good one. Much of Yosemite is in dire need of an aggressive burning program and I’m sure it wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t a good time. A small inconvenience for a few days, most likely.

ElCap Report 6/19/12

ElCap Report 6/19/12

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Nicer today with cooler temperatures and breezes. The action is heating up on the Trades and some of the less done routes. I have a climber I need to get some assistance for before night so I will make this quick.

ElCap Report 6/18/12

ElCap Report 6/18/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… It’s summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime, summertime! Pretty warm .... the first day of Summer is just a few days away. However, the temperatures are due to moderate in the next few days, so several teams are blasting soon. Don’t be discouraged, you can do it, just take some extra water and a solar protection device… one is featured below!

ElCap Report 6/17/12

ElCap Report 6/17/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… getting really warm these days. The result is that some of the teams have put off blasting a day or so, hoping for some relief or at least some wind. Big day here in the Valley and I have had to do a lot of work to get this report ready to go. I will not post pics of the other teams in this report but will try to catch up on the other parties shots tomorrow. Bigs go big today! Read all about it below!

ElCap Report 6/16/12

ElCap Report 6/16/12

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Another day of warm and clear weather. Not a lot of breeze, so beware and take some extra water if you are planning on going on the hill. Pretty calm around here, especially for a weekend. Several climbers came by to wish me a happy 68th Bday, drink a few celebratory Cobras and eat junk food. Thanks for the attention… and thanks to the Princess of the Bridge for sending a nice care package to honor the event.

Tomorrow the Bigs take a shot at the record. I talked to Hans for a moment when he did a drive by, in the company of his beautiful children and the legendary Tom Frost. Hondo also stopped by for a brief chat. They say that 6:30am would be a good time to come to watch the event… billed by me as “The greatest spectacle in American Sports”. Come on out and support the effort. Parking might be tight so make plans accordingly. Think about it… when will you ever have the chance to see such an event again? Better than a basketball game, scarier than a horror flick, faster than a speeding bullet!

ElCap Report 6/15/12

ElCap Report 6/15/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cooler today with some high clouds making for pleasant climbing for most of the day. However around 4pm a thunderstorm drifted down from behind the Dome and now it is booming and raining. Seems like the weather people have been right on this season. When they say rain, it rains! At the moment the rain is pretty hard but should subside pretty soon. Hope the folks on the Nose are ready for this!

ElCap Report 6/14/12

ElCap Report 6/14/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Pretty warm! Nice wind on the Nose but over on the Salathe things looked a lot hotter. A team reached Hollow Flake this morning and promptly bailed… so watch out for dehydration! Another “practice” run on the Nose by the Bigs this morning. Read about it below. Be sure to come on out Sunday morning for the full on record attempt on the Nose. It should start around 6:30am or so and I will update you as I find out the latest word.

ElCap Report 6/13/12

ElCap Report 6/13/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… warmer and warmer each day now. The heat may close out the season before the end of the month. Not a lot of replacement climbers coming forward just yet. Some are fixing and others are holding out for a little cooler conditions. Still, the mornings are quite nice but the mid day temps are not the best. The big trades dominate the climbing as they usually do this time of year.

ElCap Report 6/12/12

ElCap Report 6/12/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… warmer weather is prevailing these days. The breeze was lighter than usual today at the Bridge but appeared to be pretty stout in the Legs.

Not much climbing action on the cliff as we await the Bigs efforts on the Nose tomorrow and the next day and then on Sunday. Excitement building around that event, as it always does. The recent record setters on the distaff side are undecided about another run tomorrow and Quinn has to fly on Thursday… so… all you girls out there with the need for speed… the record is essentially the same number of hours and we need new blood to pull it down into single digits! Free beer to new record setters!!!!!

ElCap Report 6/11/12

ElCap Report 6/11/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm, warm, warm today. Not much action on the Cliff today. Yesterday was BIG. The Colorado Girls, as you may have read in yesterday’s report, did in fact break the Woman’s speed record for the Nose. Go back and read about it. Also the Jtree Girls finished the route too. Pete and Mark finally made the top after too many days to count on one’s hands.

ElCap Report 6/10/12

ElCap Report 6/10/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Perfect days for climbing continue into the distant future. Big News brewing. Record run at the Woman’s Nose today… more below. In a few days the Men’s Nose record will see some practice runs and a serious attempt by Hans and Honnold on June 17th. Practice on 13 and 14 June is scheduled. The speed attempts are always interesting and amazing to watch. So make plans to get your butt here to watch the proceedings.

ElCap Report 6/09/12

ElCap Report 6/09/12

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Pretty windy today, especially in the afternoon. Climbers high on the cliff were bundled up as the afternoon progressed. The action has calmed down from the frenzy yesterday. Today is free fee park day so there were a lot of Tourons in town but fortunately the traffic has been light. I was wondering just where the hell you are? Now is the time to strike! It doesn’t get any better than the conditions we have been having this Spring.

ElCap Report 6/08/12

ElCap Report 6/08/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather has been so good it’s almost boring! Lots of climbers on the hill these days. The Nose and Salathe have the most with Zodiac a close third. Breezy on the Cap the past few days, but that's better than warm with no breeze! So come on out before the hot weather sets in later in the month.

ElCap Report 6/07/12

ElCap Report 6/06/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… the good weather just rolls along here in Yosemite. Quite the season thus far. I hope you are enjoying the report and pics this season. The light is just awful for most of the day… far too high in the sky for really great shots. But I do what I can and every now and then get a good one. If I had my druthers, I wouldn’t even come here in the Spring to shoot…but I hate to miss the action and seeing all the folks here. So.. You get what you get, and you don’t complain!

ElCap Report 6/06/12

ElCap Report 6/06/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Great weather continues and the climbs are finally getting the attention they deserve! Lots of action on the rock today. Big news today…Alex Honnold climbed Mt. Watkins, the Nose, the Reg on the Dome, solo, in just 18 hours, starting at 4pm yesterday and finishing at 10:45am this morning. It was not a totally free ascent but the vast majority was climbed free. I am happy for him but mostly relieved that he made the climb safely.

ElCap Report 6/05/12

ElCap Report 6/05/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Beautiful late Spring day here in the Valley. Weather forecaster’s were right on the button yesterday and today. It poured rain yesterday afternoon, sending the lower parties scurrying for the deck and the upper parties hunkering down for the blow. It cleared off around dawn and all the clouds were gone by 9am. Big news happening as I type these words and you can read about it below.

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