ElCap Report 10/03/09

ElCap Report 10/03/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Big crowds around the bridge today… endless streams of Tourons.  Jerry was here with his big unit and that drew them in making my job a little easier.  Beautiful day with some wind and a few clouds later in the day.  The weather pontificators are still calling for some precip, but that hasn’t stopped climbers from embarking on their journey up the Captain.  My favorite tree, the Sugar Maple across from the chapel, showed a few colorful leaves for the first time this Fall.  It should be popping around the 15th or so.
If you are thinking of coming for the Fall colors then maybe put it off for a couple of weeks or so… I will keep you posted.

ElCap Report 10/02/09

ElCap Report 10/02/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Soooo goooood today!  The perfect fall climbing day.  If the leaves had turned it would have been one of the best on record.   The pontificators  are still calling for a chance of rain tomorrow or Sunday.   I needed a second opinion so the Report would not lead anyone astray.  So I contacted Erik Sloan, well known, Master Astrologer, of the 22nd order, and since there are only 24 orders you know you can trust this man, he knows his shit!  He was working at the Bridge but took time from his labors to do a full work up on his Master Charts and Sacred Dart Board.  The Darts were thrown and the charts consulted … he said we would have one day with a high chance of measurable precipitation… sometime in the future… within 4 months.  Well, it sounds like Mars and Jupiter are aligned to me, so be warned!!  It just might rain, snow or be clear.  You can now go forth with confidence!

ElCap Report 10/01/09

ElCap Report 10/01/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Spectacular day here … even better than yesterday with gentle breezes and cool temps.  The meteorological pontificators say it will rain this weekend with a low snow level.  I say “Balderdash” what the hell do they know anyway?  Everyone knows that the weather is always perfect here in Yosemite and it never rains during the climbing season, right?  Right!!  So come on out and get on the Big Stone because you ain’t getting any younger and I am not going to live forever and you don’t want to miss your chance to glorify in front of my Big Gun!! 

ElCap Report 9/30/09

ElCap Report 9/30/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Wow, a perfect fall day here in the Valley!  Clear skies, warm sun and cool, crisp air.  SWEEEEEEEEEEETT!!!  The Wall Rats are scurrying up to the base and big climbs are in the offing.  Now is the time for all Cubicle Pukes to rise up and abandon the cubicles… head for the Valley.  You gotta  dance while the band is playing and it’s playing now! 
My man Regan, from Poland, just came in moments ago and is psyched to be back.  You may recall him from earlier ECR’s when he soloed Zodiac clean, soloed South Seas to PO, and last year soloed the Shield.  Anyway, his is back to climb the Captain again.

ElCap Report 9/29/09

ElCap Report 9/29/09
By Tom Evans
Yo.. As promised the temperature plummeted today.  The clouds were pretty solid when I awoke and the wind was up.  By the time I got to the bridge it was blowing a gale and threatening to rain.  But the wind soon backed off and the rain never quite materalized.  However, I did count three drops at the bridge and someone else reported seeing five actually hit the ground!  Scary stuff!!  That said, it was a gray, dreary day on the Captain.  I wouldn’t have traded places with any of the wall rats up there, as it looked pretty grim!  As I type these lines, here in the café, I can see a mostly blue sky with some patchy clouds and a strong breeze rustling through the trees.  Just yesterday the Italians on the Trip came down due to the heat!  A good lesson to learn here.  It can go from blazing heat to numbing cold in just a few hours on the Captain.  The forecast for tonight gives temps in the low 20’s…Burrrrrr!

ElCap Report 9/28/09

ElCap Report 9/28/09
By Tom Evans
Yo..  Well ....you got a taste of no ElCap Report yesterday, when you were expecting to get one.  How did that feel?  Not so good?  Get a little nervous?  Wonder if old Tom had been taken out by the Shuttle Bus?  Rest easy my dedicated readers… old Tom is still in the world and still hitting it hard!  The problem was the internet was out here for a day and even though I had the Report written, I couldn’t post it.  You can breathe now!!

ElCap Report 9/27/09

ElCap Report 9/27/09
By Tom Evans               
Yo… Killer day with almost killer heat up on the Big Stone.  The weather people say it will moderate in two days and get into the 70’s… I sure hope so!  The big Trades seem to be bearing the brunt of the action up on the cliff.  A couple of parties are on other stuff but the Nose is the king of traffic right now.  The Face Lift drew to a close today with the goal of 60,000 lbs.  A good amount of old asphalt was gotten out of the Cathedral Beach area.   Looks like another successful event for the “Boss”, Ken Yager. 

ElCap Report 9/26/09

ElCap Report 92609
By Tom Evans
Yo… Perfect weather and cooler in the near future too.  Still a tad warm on the Cap today but that didn’t seem to be bringing them down.  Today was kind of slow, both on the Bridge and the rock.  The show at the Face Lift last night was a good one with Dean Fidelman’s (Bullwinkle) photos and commentary and a reading by John Long.  An interesting walk down memory lane, with the sometimes rowdy Dean energizing the large gathering.  It was especially poignant as Long is seldom seen in person and most of the audience have never laid eyes on him.  I don’t think he really knows the impact he has had on so many climbers over the years.  I consider his writings to be the best of the genera.  My favorite is “Rats”, the one about big wall climbers in Yosemite.   I often recommend it to friends who know little to nothing about our sport.  I have read it many times and it never fails to bring a lump to my throat and a tear to my eyes.

ElCap Report 9/25/09

ElCap Report 9/25/09
By Tom Evans
Yo.. Brilliant today here in the Ditch.  Hordes of climbers came by the bridge today and we partied late into the afternoon.  You missed it!!!
I need to get out of here … so this will be to the point.
Today’s ECR… just for you.. Unique in all the world.

ElCap Report 9/24/09

ElCap Report 9/24/09
By Tom Evans

El Cap Report 09/23/09

ElCap Report 9/23/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Ok … the weather has cooled off a touch and the Captain is ready for your team to start climbing.  It was really nice at the bridge with lots of climbers coming by and hanging out in the cool shade.  Today was the first day of the clean up and it is off to a great start.  Last night we had presentations from the Ken Burns film on the national parks and a show by Dean Potter.  A nice crowd showed up with lots of good cheer all round.

ElCap Report 9/22/09

ElCap Report 9/22/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Really hot today on the Big Stone and the attendance on the routes was subsequently down.  Parties with bags at the top of the lines on Salathe went up and quickly came back down.  The Bridge was real quiet.
Big doings tonight at the Face Lift, so this will be compressed to the max so I can get going.
Today’s ECR… for you of course … unique in all the world.

ElCap Report 9/21/09

ElCap Report 9/21/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Beautiful here but rather warm.  Thus, traffic on most of the EC routes is almost nil.  The two big trades are taking all the traffic right now.  With the Face Lift starting tomorrow I imagine most climbers will be doing some volunteer work and not a lot of climbing.  The Bridge was very quiet with just climbers in evidence, not a bad thing!
Today’s ElCap Report will be a brief one and this may be the case for the next week or so.

ElCap Report 9/20/09

ElCap Report 9/20/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Killer weather and the wall is pretty empty save the Salathe and upper Nose.  Get here and get on it!  Plus the Face Lift is just a couple of days away now… come on up and put some effort into keeping the park looking good.  Sundays are always kind of slow at the Bridge and today was no exception.  Nice to have some quiet for a change.
Today’s ElCap Report just for your eyes only… remember .. It’s unique in all the world.

El Cap Report 09/19/09

ElCap Report 9/19/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Kind of cloudy today in the Valley today with some sun from time to time.  The temps were moderate with some light wind.  More and more climbers are arriving for the Fall season now and many plans are afloat.  The climbers on the Trades are getting to the top now and the replacements are few and far between it seems.  But you never know because a lot of climbers just come in and head up to the cliff without stopping by the Bridge.  The Nose is still seeing a 50% bail rate, mostly from first timers who seem to be in the grip of FEAR when they enter the Legs.  Someone has fixed a line from the first Stoveleg pitch and that seems to funnel lots of the bailers to the ground.  The Salathe is actually the most crowded at the moment with wall climbers and free climbers climbing side by side.

El Cap Report 09/18/09

ElCap Report 9/18/09
By Tom Evans
Yo.. Another killer day at the bridge!  Pretty quiet in the morning but by afternoon lots of climbers showed up to hang out and enjoy watching the teams climbing on the Captain.  As you can imagine the Bridge Crew is a pretty tough audience and not much gets by them.  So the slander and humor were freely flowing.  The big Trades are getting all the action and they are far from full.  More and more of the regulars are coming in for the Fall season and if this weather is any indication then we should have many good days to bask in the glory of the Captains light.

El Cap Report 09/17/09

ElCap Report 9/17/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Unbelievable weather today.  The air was crisp, the breeze cooling, and the sun warm.  Lots of action on the upper east side of the great rock.
There is much to write about today so I will get right to the point.
Today’s ElCap Report…

ElCap Report 9/16/09

ElCap Report 9/16/09
By Tom Evans
Yo.. Another killer day here in the Valley!  The Big Stone is drawing them in now so any of you hiding behind your Momma’s skirt need to get with the program… there is room for you on the Captain.  You know I don’t much care to hang around the bridge if there is nothing to shoot so get on it now and avoid the late September crunch.  The Face lift is just a few days away so plan to work on it and then stay a few days extra and squeeze in that EC route you have been wanting to do.  The upper east side is seeing some action but the really big Trades on the lower east side are languishing in disuse.  So let's see some haul bags hanging over there soon.

ElCap Report 9/15/09

ElCap Report 9/15/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… Wow what a sweet day here in the Valley!!!  The Fall climbing season has officially started.  I don’t remember a more perfect day for climbing in the Yosemite Valley than today was.  Of course, this also means that those holding back for some reason now have to pony up or shut up.  We had good action today on several routes and more is coming as the lurkers have come out of the woodwork to play the big game.
Today’s report is brought to you by Hayden and JT who I watched climb the Nose with daylight to spare today!!
Here it is without the usual BS I spew…. Today’s ElCap Report… happening now…

ElCap Report 9/14/09

ElCap Report 9/14/09
By Tom Evans
Yo… our long national nightmare is finally over and there is rejoicing here in the Valley and on the internet… Why?  Because I am finally at my station at the legendary ElCap Bridge, climbing’s most important span.  I came up yesterday and did some shooting but the drive was long and I was not up to grinding out the ECR for yesterday.  I had a good summer and was able to get another big lens and a new camera and various other things photographic.  I spend a ton of money and really appreciated those of you who donated to the site as it covered nearly half of what I spent.  Unfortunately I botched the new camera settings and most of the shots I took today had a puke green tint to them… not good, not good at all.  I salvaged a few and changed the camera settings, so tomorrow will be better I hope!  Plus some of the shots were improperly oriented... like the first 4 and I have not figured out a way to fix the pics... I will come back  and see what can be done.... but don't hold your breath!
 

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