ElCap Report 6/11/10

ElCap Report 6/11/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warmer today and breezy, but it looked colder on the cliff as all the teams were dressed warmly. The Captain was spitting them out like watermelon seeds. The Bridge was frequently jammed with Tourons and climbers alike. Jerry Miller showed up to shoot today but will not be around for the rest of the weekend, so check out his website for your shots from today. Unfortunately, I still have the Valley Plague so I will get right to it as I need to go to bed soon.

ElCap Report 6/10/10

ElCap Report 6/10/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… As promised the weather has turned toward the cooler end of the scale. The climbers on the Cap were mostly bundled up in puffy’s and wind jackets today. Still lots of action on the great rock but the King continues to languish the shadow of Roy’s big climb on the SW Face. The SE Face is pretty busy with several routes seeing action while the SW is busy but on few routes.

ElCap Report 6/09/10

ElCap Report 6/09/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Continuing killer weather here in the Ditch. The action is moving to harder climbs. The Koreans are here in force and going on good routes too. The day was marked by good climbing and stupid moves.  I have to get a shower really soon or the park service is going to tag my ear! So this is going to be to the point and right now. So pay attention all you Pukes because I don’t have time to spoon feed you this stuff….

ElCap Report 6/08/10

ElCap Report 6/08/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The beautiful days continue to bless us here in the Valley. A little warm looking on some of the routes, while others seemed to have a stiff breeze blowing to cool things off. The Salathe holds almost all the action these days. You may recall from yesterday that I commented that all the parties bailed from the Legs and Sickle Ledge. I was kidding …. But coming back today I found that indeed, they all bailed!!! The river has gone down some but most of the meadows are still full of water. 

ElCap Report 6/07/10

ElCap Report 6/07/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Oh My!! Such fine days now…. such a high river now… such nice shots now!! The crowds departed and we have the place to ourselves now. The Bridge was quiet most of the day, a welcomed relief for this writer.

High clouds drifted across a cobalt blue sky, in an endless procession, all day long. I have a lot to report and pictures to work so I will get right to it.

ElCap Report 6/06/10

ElCap Report 6/06/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Fabulous day here in Yosemite. The river is way, way up now and my tent is about to be flooded out in North Pines. I hope it goes down soon! Water is up to the wood at the EC Bridge and there is a lake in the EC meadow. The mosquitoes are very bad this year and they are somehow very stealthy, so every day when I am through shooting I have a slew of new bites on me. This was “free weekend” here , so no fees to get into the park…. So…. the place was over run with Tourons this weekend. I was so busy that I couldn’t do justice to my photography and got a lot of shitty images today. Kenny Yager lead a Climbing History Tram Tour today and had 25 people on the Green Dragon with him. They all had a good time and spent time at the bridge looking at the climbers. Everyone was on their best behavior, until they left of course!!  Today’s report is brought to you by Oklahoma Tony and partner Clay who I spotted on a run up to Dolt. Tony has a pony tail and I mistook him for a woman, until someone pointed out those big guns he sports!!

ElCap Report 6/05/10

ElCap Report 6/05/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Great day today. Sunny and warm. Why are you staying away? The SE Face is practically empty and so is the Nose. There is good action to watch but it would be a lot better if you were here to experience it with the Bridge Crew!  Dave Goodwin wrote about his accident on Mescalito on Supertopo.com in the ElCap Report for 6/04 so look it up and see what happened.

ElCap Report 6/04/10

ElCap Report 6/04/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Nice here today with moderate temperatures and a high cloud deck, that made for nice shooting. It looks like good climbing weather for the foreseeable future. In case you didn’t read yesterdays report, we had an accident on Mescalito last evening. One of the three climbers became unattached from the rope, jugging, and fell 100ft onto the slab at the start of the last pitch. It was Dave Goodwin of the Steve, Eric, Dave team. He was able to get back on the line and jug out but soon thereafter reported back and internal pains. Fortunately, Steve is a Nurse and was able to give treatment and talk over the situation with YOSAR on his cell phone. Dave was flown off this morning and I hear from his wife and mother that he is doing well and they will be coming right out to monitor his treatment.

ElCap Report 6/03/10

 

ElCap Report 6/03/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The fine weather continued today with some dark clouds building behind Half Dome, late in the day. Replacements are still needed, so Cubicle Pukes Unite!!!! Off to Yosemite with you all! There are a lot of climbers on a lot of routes these days but the most are still concentrated on the Salathe. So, you aspiring Noser’s have the route at your disposal….where are you?

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ElCap Report 6/02/10

 

ElCap Report 6/02/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Yep the weather is very cooperative these days. Not too hot and not too cold. A few high clouds in the afternoon. The Captain has informed me that the replacements are not coming in fast enough and I need to get a recruiting program going! So … Cubicle Pukes! Rise up from your cubicle’s and tell the boss you have a tax audit for the next few weeks and you will be unable to work, but expect to be paid, of course! Then come to Yosemite!! Ok? If not now, then when? It isn’t going to get much better for climbing than it is right now. Hello?!! Anyone there?!! I’m talking to you Puke!

ElCap Report 6/01/10

ElCap Report 6/01/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Another sweet day in the books. High clouds kept the temps cool and a stiff wind was more of a nuisance than a hindrance. There are lots of climbers to see but most are getting to the top in the next day or so. We need fresh meat for the Captain, so get out of that domicile and get your sorry Puke butt here, where the action is. The traffic has returned to normal, which is not so bad in the summer, and the Lodge Pool is open!! Convenient showers for smelly old Tom!!

ElCap Report 5/31/10

ElCap Report 5/31/10

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Another nice day for climbing, with the popular routes seeing some action. The traffic wasn’t too bad today either. The Bridge was quiet most of the day, which is typical of Holidays. We got some high clouds late in the day and they continue to thicken as I look out of the window here in the Mountain Room Bar.

The climbing season is full on now and we should have several weeks of “typical” Yosemite weather, whatever that means!!

So here it comes, direct to you.

Yosemite Valley, Heavy Traffic, Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday,5.30.10

This can not even start to convey how messed up the park was Saturday and Sunday. The traffic was backed up everywhere with long periods of gridlock. The Glacier Point and Hetch Hetchy Roads were closed for a time until more parking became available. Traffic was sometimes routed around El Cap Crossover as there was no more room in East Valley. The traffic was backed up from Bridalveil Falls, up Hwy 41 to Inspiration Point and then back through the tunnel and out. Folks were stuck so long in the tunnel they were complaining about the fumes. CF

ElCap Report 5/30/10

ElCap Report 5/30/10

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Whoa Dude… very nice weather we are having now here in the Valley of your dreams. Sunny and warm for the foreseeable future. Climbs are being done on every face of the rock, with the exception of the far east side of the SE Face, which is still influenced by Horsetail Falls. I am at the Bridge as I write these words because there is no way I am going “into town” with the traffic messed up in a way that only professionals can do.

So direct from my vantage point here at the Bridge…

ElCap Report 5/29/10

ElCap Report 5/29/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Wow the weather is great and the rock filling up rapidly. Sorry this is being posted later than usual. Unfortunately, Memorial Day Weekend is here and the traffic is the worst I have ever seen it here in the Valley. Who ever the head traffic engineer is, should be fired immediately, if not sooner. The plan was worse than if they just let cars go where they wanted. It took an hour to get to Curry from the Bridge as they made every car go to Curry, even if you had no need to go there. Thus there was a massive jam there like I have never seen before. So I never did get to the Lodge to do the report and thus am posting it the next morning. Anyway, don’t come here this weekend!! Other than that, there was lots of action on the Captain.

ElCap Report 5/28/10

ElCap Report 5/28/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Remember that little rant I made about “sissy storms”? Well we had a storm last night that was way more than the stuff we have been having lately, not a sissy storm! It started raining around 7pm and kept going until long after 11pm when I passed into unconsciousness. But the dawn broke clear and sunny with lots of snow just above the level of the Valley floor. Nice stuff to see and photograph…. So you are going to get some scenic’s with this report. The lurking teams made a run for it on several routes and with the weekend here I can’t think of a better place to be than on ElCap!!

ElCap Report 5/27/10

ElCap Report 5/27/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… all the news from a rainy day here in the Valley. Mostly it was on and off showers that didn’t bother anyone climbing on the SE Face of the Captain. Tomorrow we have hopes of a long term change in the weather and lots of folks are poised to launch. The smart ones took my advice and went hauling loads and fixing pitches today. We are all pretty sick of the Spring conditions thus far. So here it is without the opening mush…

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ElCap Report 5/26/10

ElCap Report 5/26/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Storms? What storms? Last night it sprinkled for a few minutes and today it did so again. Hello?! These are not storms, these are Spring showers. The weather reports, not the weather itself, are killing the climbing season. It is a bit on the cool side but the Captain is damp, not wet. Tomorrow is supposed to be bad but my confidence in the forecasts has evaporated in the mists of ElCap. I need to get Sloan in here with the charts and darts and get a real forecast! Anyway the action continues on the SE Face for the most part.

 

ElCap Report 5/25/10

 

ElCap Report 5/25/10

By Tom Evans             

Yo… Today was supposed to be the stormy one and it was really nice all day long. Sunny and warm until 3pm and now cloudy but nice. Like Bobby D said … “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” Anyway, storms are expected tonight and tomorrow and then the forecast looks good for a while. It was a slow day on the Captain as most of the prospective Wall Rats are cowering, in fear in the Café, at the very mention of the word, precipitation! So without further adieu….
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ElCap Report 5/24/10

ElCap Report 5/24/10

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Well the metrological pontificators said this was to be the best day of the week. I sure hope not, as it was cold and dark at the bridge all day. The cliff had that ominous grey look about it that said, “come on up, let’s see what you got Puke!” The action was limited, for the most part, to the parties you have been reading about these past few days. A few new faces came and went… mostly went! The weather has been bringing them down faster than gravity ever could. That said, the SE Face is still the place to be on the Captain and the scene of most of the action today.

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