ElCap Report 5/22/10

ElCap Report 5/22/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cold, windy but clear here in the valley… well some puffy clouds going by too. I was down at the Bridge today for part of the morning but there is not much action on the Great Rock. I did talk to Stefan Brunner this morning about the recent accident on the Salathe. He was right there face to face with the French climber when he fell. The details are not as previously reported and thus I have changed the Report for yesterday. So if you are interested then go back and read it again. The weather is supposed to get worse in a big way tomorrow… so … we wait.  Later... it started raining around 3pm this afternoon but eased off by dark.

ElCap Report 5/21/10

 ElCap Report 5/21/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well the weather has turned into February and the Rats are leaving the ship. Today was cold and windy at the Bridge, after a calm early morning. The extended forecast calls for cold and SNOW! That sucks big time!

Remember all the YOSAR training yesterday?  Well today it was put to use.  Bad fall on the Salathe ... big rescue... read about it below.

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

ElCap Report 5/20/10

ElCap Report 5/20/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Killer day here in the Ditch. Unfortunately for me, fortunately for all climbers in the Valley, YOSAR held a high angle helicopter rescue practice, in the ECM, for most of the day and the noise was deafening. However it was reassuring to know that the team was hitting the mark all day long and when the shit comes down they will be ready, as they always are. Beautiful day here with some more to come in the next few. Not so sure 5 days out or more … but you have to dance while the band is playing and it is sure playing these days.

ElCap Report 5/19/10

ElCap Report 5/19/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Ok listen up Pukes… big day here in the Valley. The weather was primo and the action on the Captain was just as good. So I am going to get right to it with out the usual stalling tactics.

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

ElCap Report 5/18/10

ElCap Report 5/18/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… The weather didn’t exactly clear off today after a night of intermittent showers. Fortunately, the storm turned out to be a “Sissy Storm”. It never dumped and the rain was mostly an inconvenience. New teams were on the rock and the “old” ones were climbing up and some off. The long term forecast doesn’t look real solid like one would expect for mid May. Sunday may bring some showers and cooler weather. Until then the climbing conditions should be good. There was not a lot of action today and the Touron population was really low here at the Bridge.

So… buckle in, tighten your laces, and grab your aid rack, because you are coming with me onto some of the best climbs on the Captain.

ElCap Report 5/17/10

 ElCap Report 5/17/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well, the rains came this morning early, but have not been much more than intermittent showers thus far. The Cap is socked in and everyone is ledged up, waiting it out. Most of my posse blew out of here this morning opting to do some cranking at Jail House Rock, in Sonora, which is only a couple hours away. Prophetic name that, as some of my posse have climbed high upon the NPS’s “Pyramid of the Undesirables”, commonly referred to as people to be avoided at all cost. A senior member of the posse, a certified “ladies man”, showed up this year in a pimped out van and to save gas has converted it to run on used condoms and discarded panties!!!  One of the others has climbed to the number two spot, high on the pyramid, a spot I once occupied before I became a legitimate asset here. I had it tough though as Chongo had the top spot for years and was in a class by himself.

ElCap Report 5/16/10

 

ElCap Report 5/16/10

By Tom Evans

Yo.. A change in the weather blew in today with high clouds and some wind from the west. Not all the parties on the Cap are going to get off in time to miss the storm, expected to last two days. Lots of Tourons at the Bridge today, as the climbers were driven into the meadows for some quiet time.

The weather is expected to improve later in the week with 0% chance of precipitation by Wednesday. So you have a couple of down days to plan for your great ascent of the Captain.

As it is kind of late and my energy level is plummeting I will get to the business……

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

ElCap Report 5/15/10

 

 ElCap Report 5/15/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Sweet day here in the Valley of our dreams. The weekend has brought the crowds out in force to see the blooming Dogwoods and the busting water falls. Cars were parked all over the place and the traffic was jammed until late in the evening. However, none of that had an impact on the Bridge and the action on the Captain. Horsetail falls, yesterdays scenic shot of the day, continues to enchant as it keeps the whole upper East side past Zodiac out of commission. There was plenty of climbing action in response to the excellent climbing conditions.

 So here it comes straight to you.

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

ElCap Report 5/14/10

 ElCap Report 5/14/10

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Things heated up on the Cap and at the Bridge today. The weather was partly cloudy most of the day and the teams were surging on the Captain.

Lots of climbers drifted through along with a fair number of Tourons by late in the day. You know never to believe all the Church or Government tells you, but you can trust in me, as I have been sent by the High Command!

So pay attention Pukes… clear your agenda, and saddle up, because you are riding with Old Tom, on a journey to the very soul of the Big Stone. You’re going to send with the senders and bail with the bailers. Only I can sort out the hosers from the posers, dish the dirt and bask in the glory.

ElCap Report 5/13/10

 

ElCap Report 5/13/10

By Tom Evans

Yo… Well, well Cubicle Pukes and Internet Geeks of all kinds… your day of salvation has finally arrived because ElCap Pics is finally back in command at the Bridge!! Yes, I arrived yesterday and rested up last night for the new climbing season, beginning today. The weather here is not the norm for this time of year… sort of weird like last Spring was. More April than May it seems. The crew is assembled and the Captain is spitting them off left and right.

Note however, that all routes from, but not including Mescalito, east to but not including, Aurora are closed until at least August because of Falcon nesting in the North American Wall area. So don’t plan on those routes. You can climb the first 5 pitches of any closed route but please don’t because you will just be adding to the worsening condition of some for nothing but practice. There are still a zillion routes you can do.

So here it comes to you, the first of the Spring seasons ElCap Reports… written just for you…. Unique in all the world.   

 

ElCap Report 10/26/09

ElCap Report 10/26/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… today was the last day of Indian Summer, here in the Valley.  It was so nice I set up in the ElCap Meadow to shoot today, as the air was still and the view of the Captain unrestricted.  Several folks stopped by to chat and look and I got to say good-bye to Ivo and Julia who will be moving out of the country soon.  It was a sweet day and I enjoyed it to the fullest.  The wall is pretty empty now and I have done what I can for this season.  I have tried to call them as I saw them and if I made some mistakes …then …well….. Read the disclaimer, Puke!  I never promised accuracy, only entertainment!
Today, I am closing out the ElCap Report for this Fall season, of 2009.  Read it and weep!!  Also I will be around a couple more days and will do some shooting so if you are on the wall contact me about pics of your climb.

ElCap Report 10/25/09

ElCap Report 10/25/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Fall …it continues to enchant all who are here… perfect days and nights… that I hear will soon come to an end.  The last few days of the season are on now and by the weekend it will be over as the snows are supposed to fly on Friday.  Most of the teams on the wall are getting off today or in the next couple of days.  I will soon be out of things to write about and when the herd moves on …. so will I.
Today’s ElCap Report … written just for you…unique in all the world!

ElCap Report 10/24/09

ElCap Report 10/24/09
By Tom Evans
Yo…Still, the great weather persists, with its beautiful lighting and comfortable Fall days.  My Sugar Maple Tree has lost its color now and will soon be a barren trunk and branches.  For just one week a year this tree is the most beautiful in the entire Valley.  The rest of the year it sits unnoticed, in a grove of taller and healthier trees.   I like to think it is like a lot of people we all know.  For most of their lives they go unnoticed and unappreciated, but maybe just one time, they do or contribute something, that so enriches our lives, we suddenly see a beauty in them that out shines all the rest of us.  Sunsets and trees have a way of reminding us that our time here is very short… shorter than many of you readers really know.   There is nothing more precious than your time.  Use it wisely, for you won’t be able to buy a single second of it back.

ElCap Report 10/23/09

ElCap Report 10/23/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… The killer days continue… and the weekend is here.   If you are coming to Yosemite this fall, then this is the time, as the leaves are falling fast and in another week the bleakness of winter will sit upon the land.
Lots of action on the Cap today.  The trades still dominate the scene this fall but we do have some good solo action and climbers on a route not done in a long time.
So without further BS…

ElCap Report 10/22/09

ElCap Report 10/22/09
By Tom Evans
Yo…. It’s impossible here…. Impossible… to imagine a more beautiful fall day.  The Glory that is Fall is at its fullness, as I type these paltry, inadequate lines to try and convey the wonder, to those of you who are far away and will miss the season with us.  Days like today are the reason I come to the Valley in the Fall.  The air is pungent with the smell of fallen leaves.  It’s intoxicating, and I find myself breathing deeply to better sense the aroma of the cool, crisp air, laden with the moist sweetness of Fall.  The light is so pure it is like looking through polarized glasses.  The colors are brilliant and sharp.  The Captain is astonishing in all its detail, seen through the crystal clear air. 

ElCap Report 10/21/09

ElCap Report 10/21/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… OMG what a day!!  The climbing conditions were really nice today and even a little on the warm side.  The fall colors are so good too… I have cajoled you and threatened you and pleaded with you… so I will give up on it now.  This is the time and this is the place… enough said!  The “Ask a Climber” program is over for the year so I have some flexibility in where and when I shoot now.  Nice!  I was getting pretty weary of the endless procession of people with the same 10 questions!  It was a great success as my fellow talking heads and I spread the real dope to zillions of interested spectators who were in dire need of rising from the valley of ignorance onto the hill of knowledge!

ElCap Report 10/20/09

ElCap Report 10/20/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Perfect fall day after yesterdays rain and wind.  Everyone who was on the wall yesterday was going up today, with the exception of the ECT team who bailed late in the day, yesterday.  Both of the Valley’s roads, North and South Side Drives are on fire with beautiful Maples lining the roads.  Very nice.  My tree is fading fast and will be bare in just a few more days… next year my old friend, next year.  It was cold and clear this morning with temps in the low 60’s all day.  Conditions on the Captain are just right.  Do it now, or suffer the melancholy of regret all winter long!

ElCap Report 10/19/09

ElCap Report 10/19/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Heavy weather has rolled into the valley now and I am waiting it out here in the café with all the other people who are afraid to get wet!  It was partly cloudy this morning, so I went out and shot a few trees and such, then  went down to the Bridge to see what was up on the Captain.  Progress was being made and it looked like it might be just another day on the Big Stone. 
However as Scott Stowe, Billy Russell, and I were watching the proceedings, a nasty rain squall drove down on us, hard from the west.  A harbinger of Doom!  It seemed to be a surprise to everyone on the Wall.  The details are found below.

ElCap Report 10/18/09

ElCap Report 10/18/09
By Tom Evans
Yo.. Great day here but late in the afternoon the wind came up and some rather sinister clouds scudded in, low from the west.  Very quiet at the Bridge and on the Captain too.  The Fall colors continue to amaze and it seems like they have lots of life in them too… so get here!  My tree is at max power now and every leaf is a beautiful red/orange.  Sweet!!

ElCap Report 10/17/09

ElCap Report 10/17/09
By Tom Evans
Yo.. Killer day, in a long string of killer days this past week.  Lots of visitors here in the park this weekend to see the Fall colors in combination with the renewed waterfalls.  Climbing conditions are great, if not a bit too warm.  If not now? When?

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