|Submitted by Tom Evans on Sat, 05/28/2011 - 00:51|
ElCap Report 5/27/11
By Tom Evans
Yo… Very nice here today but the weather reports are not the best for the weekend. So please consider staying home this weekend! The traffic here will be a mess so be prepared for the Report to be late or missing for a while as I will most likely not be able to get to an internet connection in a timely manner. Man up.. You can survive without your regular scheduled ElCap hit. Today had light action on the Cap so without further delay..
Today’s ElCap Report..written just for you..unique in all the world!
Zodiac: Mike Donaldson showed up high on the route today. I spotted him just finishing the Nipple pitch at 9am and later shot him climbing into the White Circle. He looks to be going fine and I anticipate no problems for him.
Mike entering the White Circle. ZM's Lightning Bolt Roofs are on the left part of the shot.
Trip: The two man team of Adam and Angelo are moving right along. They are utilizing the short fix, block, technique and are thus putting the pitches behind them in good order.
Lowering the Bags from the end of the 5th pitch.
Finishing the 9th pitch.
Nose: The team of three and the team of two from yesterday stayed at Camp 5, I guess, last night and I caught them all on the last pitch early this afternoon.
Last pitch of the Nose.
Lower down it continues to be “Climb to Dolt and rap Day”. Two teams were on the plan today.
Lower down a team of two wall style climbers trudged toward Dolt this afternoon. It doesn’t look promising for the lads and the weather moving in could dust them off.
Shield: Sara and Corey were up and at it this morning. Corey got the pitch after the Triple Cracks and Sara the one above. They should reach Chickenhead Ledge late in the day. Off tomorrow.
Sara leading past the Canoe.
Salathe: The team from yesterday were spotted in the Alcove this morning but were not seen climbing at all. ????
Lower down a couple of local boys were making a run up to work the 19th pitch on TR, but are moving so slowly that I don’t think they can get there by dark! One looked like local climber, Lucho…. New nickname perhaps?… Lucho the Slow.
Out West is a place I didn’t go today as I had some business at personnel this afternoon.
Mystery Mountain of the Day!! Name the tallest mountain in the background of this1969 shot I took.
Glacier pt. area a few days ago.
In other news. Very quiet at the Bridge today. The ElCap Shuttle Bus is now running! Have a nice holiday weekend!
Today’s words of wisdom.
“Our whole dignity consists in thoughts. Let us endeavor then, to think well.” Pascal 1670.
So that’s the way it is for this Friday, the 27th day of May, 2011.