ElCap Report 9/14/10

ElCap Report 9/14/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Yes, yes the ElCap Report is back! I drove up, from my home in Crestline CA yesterday, arriving around 7:30 in the morning. It is always nice to drive into the Valley for the first after a long absence, as it awakens many memories and kindles anticipation. Yesterday I spent the day setting up camp, sorting through equipment, talking with old friends, and later shooting some test shots, down at the Bridge. The weather is warm but not hot and the action is building on the Cap. I spent today shooting at the Bridge and restarting the “Ask a Climber” program for the Fall season.

 

Flagstaff Volcano trip August 16 and 17 2010

Special Report: Volcano hiking near Flagstaff, AZ.

By Tom Evans

Yo… this is NOT your Dad’s ElCap Report so don’t get excited. The Report will be back in mid September. This account is about my recent trip to do some exploring in the San Francisco Peaks Volcano Fields near Flagstaff, AZ.

In Memory of Allisyn Beisner-Martinez, 22 July 2010

In Memory of Allisyn Beisner-Martines,  22 July 2009

By Tom Evans

Another of our wonderful friends, Allisyn, was taken from us, on the 22nd day of July 2010, in a base jumping accident in Italy.  You may recall that her and Nicki's wedding was on this Report (20 June 09) as was their ascent of the Muir Wall, which they did as their honeymoon, in early Oct of 2009.  The pictures you will see below are from those two events.   Below is the link to her Memorial site, on Face Book. 

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Allisyn-Anne-Beisner-Martinez-1973-2010/134360939933907?ref=mf

 

Allisyn was a rare and special person who will be greatly missed.  She was a happy woman, as one could quickly see by her huge smile.  I was there on her and Nicki's wedding day, as were many other friends, at the Cathedral Beach in Yosemite.  She radiated the love that she and Nicki shared, as you can see in the pictures below.  If you click on the highlighted links, you will read about an amazing person with many and varied interests.  She could climb with the best of them and was an accomplished sky diver and base jumper.  Her wit was sharp and she could hold her own in any conversation.  Read more about her exceptional life by clicking on the following link:

http://www.facebook.com/allisynm

In Memory of Chris Chan, 9 July 2010

In Memory of Chris Chan who died on 7/09/10 in Yosemite.

By Tom Evans

Our wonderful friend, Chris Chan, died from a fall while traversing, unroped, along the North Face of Eichorn Peak, in the high country of Yosemite National Park.

She was an unusual person with many interests. Her friends most often mention her enthusiasm for life and all it has to offer. She was highly educated and yet a person of great humility. Her smile was legendary and she made friends instantly.

ElCap Report 6/30/10

ElCap Report 6/30/10 SPECIAL EDITION

By Tom Evans

Yo… I know, I know, I have stopped the report for the season …. But there was big doings on the Captain in the last 24 hours and I thought you might like to see what is going on. The weather is not bad for this time of year and it has been instrumental in the climbing going on now.

If you will miss the Reports then you might go back and start from the beginning of this Springs Reports and read one a day!  That way you will be able to review the season and see the pics again... as they say .... some things are better the second time around!!

So here it is …. One last time this Spring…. I hope!!

ElCap Report 6/26/10

ElCap Report 6/26/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The season has slipped into the record books. The Captain is pretty much deserted now. Why? Not because of the weather. Not because of the heat. Not because of the route closures. Not because there are no climbers. But, because of climber apathy. Yep, it seems that the climbers here are doing other things at the moment. So I am closing out the ElCap Report for the Spring season of 2010.

ElCap Report 6/25/10

ElCap Report 6/25/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The Report gets thinner every day, so it will soon disappear entirely. There is good action on the Captain, if you know where to look! We did have a little rain last night late and that scared off a few teams for a day or so, including the Geezer Nose ascent. Tomorrow for sure!

ElCap Report 6/24/10

ElCap Report 6/24/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Splendid day for climbing today. High clouds obscured the sun all day and the temps were very cool. The Bridge was mostly deserted as the climbers are climbing or gone. There is not much going on up on the Captain. So the report is pretty thin today.

ElCap Report 6/23/10

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.

ElCap Report 6/22/10

ElCap Report 6/22/10

By Tom Evans

Yo…. The weather still rules here in the Valley. The Teams are mostly moving up with several punters, bailing for nebulous reasons. The day started out very boring, with just a few routes being climbed at the moment, but picked up in the late morning. Honnold goes big on the Dome and the Cap!!  Read about it below!

The Trades are mostly empty and the Tourons are wondering where all the climbers are. I just tell them the truth…. The missing climbers are lowly Pukes who don’t know a good thing when they see it. Do you really think Red Rocks is going to be better than the Valley right now? What’s up with Squamish too….I hear it’s been pouring rain there for months! I can’t explain it…fricking climbers… whatever!

ElCap Report 6/21/10

ElCap Report 6/21/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The nice days continue here at the Bridge. The Wall is pretty empty but good climbing is going on all day long. Most of my Korean climbing friends have left now but there is still one team representing, on the wall. A moderate breeze up high is the only distraction for the teams, in other wise perfect wall climbing conditions. There seems to be a continuing shortage of teams starting out on the routes, as other destinations are taking their toll. Why would you want to bail out of the Valley in perfect conditions? The high country is nice, of course, but the warm summer days are not yet in evidence up high. I will hang on here for as long as there are interesting climbs to be shot and stories to be told.

ElCap Report 6/20/10

ElCap Report 6/20/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The action on the Cap continues to decline, in spite of encouraging weather. The Big Trades are nearly empty, and await fresh teams.

CORRECTION: The solo woman I have been calling “Trish” on the Trip recently, was actually Chris Chan! You may recall that Chris caused quite a stir by soloing the Shield, last Fall. I knew this woman climbed too well to be a first timer! So congrats to Chris, and my sincerest apologizes for the mix up.

Today’s ElCap Report is brought to you by Chris, the mystery woman, for a week, on ElCap!

ElCap Report 6/19/10

ElCap Report 6/19/20

By Tom Evans

Yo… Very nice now, if you don’t mind punishing winds on the Nose and Shield especially. Beautiful days are here now and the wall is virtually empty. Where have all the climbers gone? I suppose some have drifted up to the high country now that the Tioga road is open. They will find some cold days and nights up there for the next several days. Hell it was barely 70 today here in the Valley and the forecast indicates more of the same. So get here quick and get on that prized dream climb of yours.

ElCap Report 6/18/10

ElCap Report 6/18/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Spectacular weather continues to energize the ElCap suitors. It doesn’t get any better than this for the middle of June. Where are you? I guess it’s a stupid question, because you are in front of a computer reading this right now! Anyway, you need to slide that chair back, run for the car, and drive away right now! Your destination? You know. I realized today that I have not had a single “Stick of the Day” for a Korean team! They had been notorious offenders in the past, but I gave them so much flack about it in the Report, that the Climbing School in Seoul has it in their curriculum not to use sticks anymore on ElCap!! Ah yes, my influence has spread far and wide!! Today’s ElCap Report is brought to you by the Team Extreme Riders Climbing School.

ElCap Report 6/17/10

ElCap Report 6/17/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The killer weather continues to delight and climbers are stepping up to climb their dream routes. Very quiet at the Bridge today as the Touron traffic has dried up for the moment. Not many climbers in evidence either…must be out climbing. The Big Trades continue to dominate the scene, as do the Korean Teams. I will be here for about two weeks more so if you are getting used to these reports every day, enjoy them while you can!

ElCap Report 6/16/10

ElCap Report 6/16/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Man oh man was it a sweet day up on the Captain! The weather has moderated somewhat and it is a bit on the cool side up high. The various teams have reached some interesting looking rock so you are in for a real visual treat on today’s Report! I actually had 30 shots I call “best of the day” in my file for today and had to pick the best 12, which was not so easy!

Anyway it is very late and I need to get this done so….

ElCap Report 6/15/10

ElCap Report 6/15/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Continued brilliant weather is blessing all those who are working on the Big Stone. Several, not so often done routes, are in the offing these days but the King still reigns supreme. This is the time to strike if you have any aspirations of climbing ElCap before Autumn. Soon the summer heat and bad air will cook your skin and fry your lungs…. I know, from personal experience, how debilitating it will be in July and August.

ElCap Report 6/14/10

ElCap 6/14/10

By Tom Evans

Yo…. So nice today!! Very quiet at the Bridge today with mostly climbers basking in the Glory. Hudon showed up early to glean another day of basking… however, Bob didn’t appear, breaking a two week string of daily basking. The action on the cliff is concentrated on the Nose and a few other routes. The Spring climbing is coming to a close now and the heat is slowly ratcheting up. But your man, ElCap pics, continues to toil endlessly in hopes of capturing that magic moment for you. I soldier on, suffering in silence! Anyway…. Here it comes, directly to you, via the WWW.

ElCap Report 6/13/10

ElCap Report 6/13/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… It couldn’t have been a nicer day here in the Valley. Most of the action was here at the Bridge with all kinds of climbers and few Tourons hanging out. The weather continues to inspire. The time is now.. The place is Elcap…The person missing out is you! The climbing action was mostly on the Nose, now back in command of the attentions of the majority of climbers on the Captain. So drop that warm beer in the trash and get a cold one…park your butt in the most comfortable chair in the place… tell everyone around you to shut the hell up… come with me Puke…you won’t regret it!

ElCap Report 6/12/10

ElCap Report 6/12/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… One of the best days of the spring passed today. No wind, mild temps, few Tourons and visits by good climbing friends. The SE Face is emptying out and the big trades there are empty now. I still have the Plague so I have to make this quick so I can get to bed.

Today’s ElCap Report… written just for you…unique in all the world.

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