ElCap Report 5/15/13

ElCap Report 5/15/13

By Tom Evans

 

Yo… I know you have been going crazy, patiently awaiting the start of the ElCap Report, for 2013.  Relax, all you Cubicle Pukes, your salvation is at hand!  I have been here a week, getting things set up and figured out, and I have been shooting some too.  As you old timers know, I don’t pull any punches when it comes to telling you about the Contenders and the Pretenders.  If you haven’t, then be sure to read the “disclaimer” on the home page!!  So drop what you are doing, saddle up, and catch all the action on ElCap.  Brought to you by your man, at the famous “ElCap Bridge,” Captain Tom!

 

ElCap Report 10/30/12

ElCap Report 10/30/12

By Tom Evans

Yo... This is a collection of photo's I took on my last day in Yosemite this season. 

Click on the link to my facebook page to view them.  Then click on the first shot to see it in a larger size, and after that just hit the arrow on the right side of the shot to get to the others.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.416142715105807.95972.100001302456461&type=1

 

ElCap Report 10/23/12

ElCap Report 10/23/12

Special Late Season Storm Report

By Tom Evans

Yo… The storm came, as predicted, and was stronger than expected.  In this report you will get the latest climbing news and get to see scenic shots I took today.  Many teams finished just before the storm and a few didn’t and are still up there.

ElCap Report 10/20/12

ElCap Report 10/20/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… The warm days and nights continue, soon to be gone it would appear.  A serious storm is approaching and will be here in a couple days.   Most climbers have gotten the word so there isn’t a rush to the rock now.  I talked to Tommy Caldwell today and he said they were holding off on the project until after the storm.

I have reached the end of the regular Report Season and from now on will be posting some shots and happenings, randomly, until I leave in early November.  I will still be shooting daily, so if you are on the Cap you can expect to get some shots after your climb.  I want to thank everyone who has supported the site with donations and encouragement.  The donations have made the Report, and working at the Bridge, possible for me.   I would be hard pressed to continue this project of mine without your generous support.  Many thanks!!  

ElCap Report 10/19/12

ElCap Report 10/19/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… So it continues… perfect weather for early September but not late October!  ElCap can hold a lot more climbers, that’s for sure.  Looks like maybe next week sometime there is a slight chance for showers and then more of the same.  Tommy and Jonathan were climbing on Mikey’s new route, on Middle today, instead of working on the project on EC.  The right side seems to be getting more traffic now as the left side is drying up a bit.

ElCap Report 10/18/12

ElCap Report 10/18/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm, warm, warm seems to be the mantra these days.  Rumor has it that by Monday we may get some rain/snow here in the Valley.  I guess that would be a good thing, as long as it doesn’t close out the climbing season.  A lot of routes are being done now, but there are not that many climbers on the wall.   Enjoyable day of photography and hanging at the Bridge, with various heroes of recent ascents of the Captain.

ElCap Report 10/17/12

ElCap Report 10/17/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Seems like the, “no shirts allowed”, rule is gaining popularity on the Captain these days.  It is beautiful at the Bridge but a bit warm on the cliff.  Still the teams come to climb the great rock.  The team of Dave Allfrey and Alex Honnold did get the record time on Lunar Eclipse yesterday, as predicted.  The old record was around 17 hours and they crushed that one down to a very stiff 11:22...low hanging fruit indeed! 

No big news on the cliff today, but for a lot of climbers it was a great day.  Those are “my folks”, the unknown climbers who come out and give it their best shot and come away with wonderful memories of a great climb.  No one is going to put their picture on the cover of any magazines or pay them to give shows.  Here on the report, they get a few fleeting moments of fame, and some shots to hang on the wall at home.  Sometimes I wonder where they get the desire and energy to come out, often off the couch, and grind out day after day on a big route…just for their own satisfaction.  So, today’s Report is dedicated to all those unknown climbers, who come out here at great expense and effort, to chase a nearly impossible dream.  Good for you!!

ElCap Report 10/16/12

ElCap Report 10/16/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Supposedly the weather for the next 10 days will be sunny and ZERO chance of precipitation.  However, it is unseasonably warm.  So be warned and take extra water!  So much going on now that it is hard to keep up with who is on what.  The lighting is wonderful, so I am staying longer down at the Bridge and out west so I may be late getting the Report out…perhaps the next morning.  Lots going on today, so I will get right into it.

ElCap Report 10/15/12

ElCap Report 10/15/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… The great days continue one after another, here in the Ditch.  Perfect Fall weather seems to have set in for some time.  Good activity on the cliff too.  These next two weeks will determine what kind of a season we have and thus far things are looking exceptional.  So come on out and enjoy some of the greatest granite in the world, in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. 

Don’t forget the 50th anniversaryof the first ascent of the Dihedral Wall, to be celebrated this Saturday

 night, at 6:30pm, in the East Auditorium, here in Yosemite.  Ed Cooper will be giving a show about the ascent and other things too. 

So be sure to come on out to this YCA sponsored event.

ElCap Report 10/14/12

ElCap Report 10/14/12

By Tom Evans

 

Yo…Continued excellent weather is bringing them out in droves now.  However, bailers are flourishing too!  The ElCap shuttle is a thing of the past, for the Fall season, so make arrangements to get your kit down to the Cap.   A little warm today, with very moderate winds.  Nights are pretty chilly but not as cold as the typical Fall night.

ElCap Report 10/13/12

ElCap Report 10/13/12

By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow! The weather cleared last evening and today was just sensational! The definitive Fall day here in Yosemite. The line up is full of cars and the routes are getting so much action that it is difficult to keep track of what is going on. The ElCap Shuttle ends tomorrow so factor that into your plans. I took over 200 shots today and under my “Best of the Day” were 48 shots… for space reasons, I can’t use a lot of the shots I liked so the ones below are representative of the days work. The lighting was fantastic, so you are in for some cool stuff.

ElCap Report 10/12/12

ElCap Report 10/12/12

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The weather has not been much to talk about thus far. The “storm” is hardly that. Sprinkles every few hours with no real accumulation. People were climbing on the Captain today and you can read all about it below.

ElCap Report 10/11/12

ElCap Report 10/11/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather is the story here… storm threatened… storm came … barely a drizzle for only a couple of hours.  We haven’t had any rain all season, so we needed a good one to settle the dust and clean my van.  When I arrived at the Bridge, around 9am, the sky looked like the world was going to end… but nothing happened until about 11.  Then, a few periods of light drizzle ended with partly cloudy skies around 2pm.  That said, the teams on the wall were ledged up, ready for the worst.  The whole thing is supposed to pass by mid day tomorrow.  Rats!  I needed a day off!  It could still pour tonight!

ElCap Report 10/10/12

ElCap Report 10/10/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Nice in the mornings but windy and colder in the afternoons.  However, the base of the Cap finds very nice conditions, all day.  We have had a little shower this evening that mostly wet the pavement.  Rain is expected for tonight and showers for tomorrow.  The Captain is relatively empty at the moment with several teams climbing off before the light showers this evening.  I enjoyed shooting in mixed light today.  Bright shade from high clouds makes for some detailed shots into corners that would normally be blown out.  Tommy Caldwell and wife Becca arrived this morning to work his long standing project on the Dawn Wall.  He is partnered with Jonathan Seagrist for this Fall.  Best of luck Tommy and Jonathan!

ElCap Report 10/09/12

ElCap Report 10/09/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… lots of climbers still on the Stone.  However there looks to be a low probability that it could rain in the next couple of days.  So the cautious are holding back a bit while the driven are headed up.  The SE Face is still empty from Mescalito, east.  Polish hero, Marek Raganowicz, fresh from a epic ascent of the Polar Sun Spire, Baffin Island, is here to solo Native Son, starting in 2 days.  Old timer Mark Hudon, just down from Lost in America, is also going on Native Son, but with recently famous, Cheyne Lempe.  The whole face is empty and both teams are going on the same route!!  Such is Yosemite climbing!

ElCap Report 10/08/12

ElCap Report 10/08/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Cold weather arrived today on the back of a hard wind from the west.  The puffy’s were out and the ropes were whipping about on the SW Face’s Headwall.  However the action was good on the Cap and more teams are pressing forward.  Rain and possible snow are in the forecast for the end of the week.  So we will see what develops.  

ElCap Report 10/07/12

ElCap Report 10/07/12
By Tom Evans

Yo…Splendid weather has produced some great climbing and photos … so stay tuned for more of the same.  Traffic at the Bridge has slacked off in the Touron department but the number of climbers is growing.  
I am running real late today as I took many shots today so I will get right to it.

ElCap Report 10/06/12

ElCap Report 10/06/12
By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow!!!  Fall is here and you know how they say to be careful what you ask for as you just might get it?  I got it!!  The thundering herds broke from the Bridge and the Captain is suddenly loaded to the brim!  So many climbers that I can’t keep track of what is happening on the Bigs.  Great light and some bright colors made for almost 300 shots today.  It has taken me over three hours just to process the images and pick the ones for the Report!  My file of shots to save numbers over 80 today!  Great stuff, but a lot of work and a late night at the computer.  Plus the Bridge was jammed with Tourons and I was glad that some of the Crew stepped up and took some questions.

ElCap Report 10/05/12

ElCap Report 10/05/12
By Tom Evans

Yo.. Changing weather is upon us.  High clouds, lower temps, cold winds, looks like Fall to me!  My favorite Sugar Maple is changing fast but not in the usual way.  The tips of the leaves get some color and then the rest of the leaf turns brown and the leaf falls off.  Not what I wanted to see!  The dry conditions have pretty much killed any hope of nice Fall colors.  So there will not be many leaf shots on the report this season.
Activity on the Cap seems to be inversely proportional to the temperature.
The Big Trades are drawing them in but spitting them out too.

ElCap Report 10/04/12

ElCap Report 10/04/12
By Tom Evans

Yo.. Much needed cooler weather has arrived.  Thus the Captain is getting some real action.  The Bigs have a lot of action on them and several of the other routes are getting hit too.  Today I didn’t set up the display at the Bridge as I needed some time off and it seems I am the only person willing to work for nothing.  I was super busy, shooting 240 shots, in excellent light.  It was serious fun!  So put aside your toils and take a break.  For a moment think of yourself as a climber and not some Cubicle Puke, chained to your desk… you are going to like these shots…. So let the fun begin!

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