|Submitted by Tom Evans on Thu, 06/24/2010 - 03:48|
ElCap Report 6/23/10
By Tom Evans
Yo… Summer is near and so is the heat, but not yet! The weather continues to be excellent for wall climbing and some of the Monkey’s are taking advantage of it…. why aren’t you?! I left a little early today and went to the parking lot by the Sentinel Bridge…you know, the one Tourons love to shoot the Dome from, in the evening. I dragged a chair from the van, put my feet up on the rail fence and relaxed in the cool breeze at the edge of Cook’s Meadow. I puffed one of my cheap cigars and swilled my last Cobra, as Yosemite Falls commanded the view. A random woman wandered by and asked if she could take my picture. I must have looked pretty content sitting there. I stayed a couple of hours, letting my mind wander back over the time I have spent here in the Valley. I remembered the early days of wall climbing and savored the melancholy that such memories bring to an old mans heart. My old partners are long gone from the climbing scene now, and I wonder where they are and if they feel the same about “our days” so long ago. It was nice to have some time again to sit and reflect. As the long shadows cut across the Falls Wall, I arose and soon joined the line of vehicles headed to the Lodge.
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Zodiac: The “Team that should have Bailed,” didn’t! They are now "The Team that wouldn't Bail!" John and Lynn, moved up the Black Tower this morning and went right into the White Circle by the time I departed. They are moving a bit better now, having learned some hard lessons, lower down. I think these boys are going all the way up!!
The “Team that should have Bailed,” heading to the White circle.
Mescalito: Luke and Jason have moved onto the Bow now, and are most likely going to make a run for the top this evening, as the daylight is long and they are a short way from the top.
Luke, lost amidst the big features of the Dawn Wall.
Luke and Jason hauling to the pitch below the Bow.
Nose: The Nose was jammed, low down, all day. A team of what appeared to be three Korean climbers broke from the pack and were soon headed across the Jardine. They appeared to be a NIAD team but looked a little short on speed.
Below them a team of two climbers, supposedly doing a two day ascent, made Dolt early in the afternoon and will probably stay on ECT tonight if they go that way. Another team was there just ahead of them and two more were behind, languishing in the Legs with bags and entanglements.
Stylin in the Legs.
Moving up the Stove Legs early in the day.
NIAD hopefuls, arriving at Dolt Tower, late in the morning.
Does anyone free climb the Jardine Traverse? I don’t think so!!
Sunkist: The lads are off by now I think. I got a peek at them early this morning, very close to the top. Now that climb was fun to shoot!!
Salathe/Freerider: I did see the girls a couple above the Spire doing a pose down for the cameras that came in from the top last evening. I can’t tell if they are sending but wish them the best.
Higher up I saw a group of guys below the Roof. Nate Beckwith is working the Freerider Traverse and last few pitches from the top and Nick Berry and partner Cody, are working the Salathe Headwall from the top too.
Nate, Nick, and Cody about to get going on their projects.
Cody, juggin out, a long way from the Headwall!
The YOSAR chopper guys worked long and hard today, practicing so they can fetch your ass off the wall, if things go south!
Flyin Rangers talk it over. Ranger Jack Hoeflick facing the camera. Ranger Keith Lober on the right
Mystery pitch and climber of the Day!
In other news: Hondo hung out today for a time and said he was feeling fine with a little tightness in his legs after the big send yesterday. I guess soooo!! I had breakfast with Andy Kirkpatrick who is here to do some solo speed wall climbing on the Captain. Leo Houlding and Pickles are going to do a ground up on Leo’s long standing project starting tomorrow. They will be a welcomed addition to the SE Face, as the Zodiac crew is the only other team east of the Nose now. Replacements… Replacements, to the front, immediately!! Thanks to Susan for bringing treats to the Bridge today and KFC for the Pizza!
The Boys at the Bridge. Stanley, Hondo, Paul, Alastair, and Leo.
So that’s the way it is on ElCap, for this the 23rd day of June, 2010.
So long… Ansel Evans