ElCap Report 10/5/2015

ElCap Report 10/5/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It doesn’t get any better in Yosemite than it is now Pukes .. so.. come on out…no rain, open routes, good times!  I would have thought the Nose would have been jammed, but only two parties went forth from Sickle Ledge, while the multitudes hung back, admiring their new gear and spotless haul bags.

ElCap Report 10/4/2015

ElCap Report 10/4/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It looked like rain today but the clouds came and went, with no rain.  Tomorrow the chance for rain has been reduced down to 20%...not much of a chance as things go in Yosemite.  But that hasn’t stopped climbers from deciding that it was going to rain for sure, so the great rock is mostly empty.  So…not much to report on today.  Recent update to the weather is showing no rain for the next 10 days... this is it Pukes... you gotta dance while the band is playing... and they are playing your song!

ElCap Report 10/3/2015

ElCap Report 10/3/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Another beautiful day has passed here in Yosemite.  We had a nice remembrance for Dean Potter last evening.  The event was well attended, as many friends got together to share the stories that bind us all together.  If you are spiritual, and I am not, you might get some meaning from the first shot on the report.  Dean was infatuated with Ravens, as are many native peoples, and felt a special kinship with them. 

ElCap Report 10/2/2015

ElCap Report 10/2/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… We had a perfect, spectacular, fall day, here in Yosemite.  The Wall population is getting up to normal now.  There is still room on any route you may want to climb, so come on out while the weather is good.

ElCap Report 10/1/2015

ElCap Report 10/1/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It was an interesting day, here in Yosemite.  It started out with clouds and humidity and ended up clear and sunny.  It was what happened in the middle' that made it interesting.  Also, there was a big avalanche off the cliff behind Camp 4 that caused everyone to run for their lives toward the road!  No one was injured but it scared the hell out of a lot of people.  Park Geologist, Greg Stock, declared it to be an actual “rock fall”…and quickly retired to the Mt. Room Bar.

ElCap Report 9/30/2015

ElCap Report 9/30/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cloudy days and warm nights are trending here in the Valley.  Every day I would swear it is about to rain …but none falls.  The lighting is great for what I do, so there are no complaints coming from me!  Lots of climbers are on the Cap, with more to come when the weather settles down a bit.  It is a great time to try doing something in a day.  So cast off your shackles, Cubicle Pukes, pack your kit, kiss your loved ones good bye, and you will be in the gnar before you know it!

ElCap Report 9/29/2015

ElCap Report 9/30/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Cloudy and humid weather continues to dominate the past few days.  Rain is in the forecast for the next several days so some teams are postponing their start.  However, it has not actually rained yet and several IAD teams have taken advantage of the cool conditions to race up the Cap.  Traditional wall style teams, high up, may get hosed later in the week… if you are starting a route be sure to get rain-geared up.

ElCap Report 9/28/2015

ElCap Report 9/28/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Cool and cloudy weather has moved into the Valley bringing a welcome respite from the heat of the past two weeks.  The Facelift is now history for another year, so the Fall climbing season is on!  Come on out and share the good times.  I did shoot a few shots, other than the rescue, of the Cap yesterday, but am just going forward with the report as the teams on the rock were most of the ones who appeared today.

ElCap Report 9/27 Special Leaning Tower Rescue Edition

ElCap Report 9/27/15 Special Leaning Tower Rescue Edition

 By Tom Evans

Yo… I was down at the ECM, getting ready for a casual day shooting, when the word came down that there was to be a rescue off the Leaning Tower.  A climber fell, hitting his head and was hanging upside down for some 3 minutes.  He was in and out of consciousness, on Guano Ledge, so his partner called YOSAR.  The morning was cloudy and gray and the light not the best, but I hung in there and got the shots.

ElCap Report 9/25 and 26/2015

ElCap Report 9/25 and 9/26/2015

By Tom Evans

Yo… It is still on the warm side of the scale, here in the Ditch.  Monday is supposed to see the start of 70 degree days for some time ahead.  The Facelift is winding down and that will free up more climbers to head up the Captain.  Now, the same routes are still in progress, with all the parties moving smoothly up the rock.  Sorry to have missed yesterday but I was not feeling well and headed to the tent at 7:30pm to try to catch up on some sleep.  I am better today so this is a two in one report.

ElCap Report 9/24/2015

ElCap Report 9/24/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The day started out a little cooler, with high clouds, and by 10am the clouds vanished and the temperature soared back up into the low 90’s.  While there are a fair number of climbers on the wall they are mostly concentrated on the Nose.  The Facelift is in full swing now and everyone is having a good time at the evenings shows and the park is getting cleaned… everyone wins!

ElCap Report 9/23/2015

ElCap Report 9/23/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… Warm temperatures are still keeping the masses off ElCap.  I understand that several teams are fixing low on the Nose but not many have ventured very high.  Not much going on at the moment.

ElCap Report 9/22/2015

ElCap Report 9/22/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Continued heat and the Facelift are keeping the wall population in check.  The heat is supposed to break on Friday so we should have some good action on the hill from now on.  The showing of the Reel Rock Tour, at the evening Facelift, was well attended and everyone had a great time.  There was a little excitement in the meadow this afternoon…read about it below.

ElCap Report 9/21/2015

ElCap Report 9/21/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Here in Yosemite, it has been way too hot for this time of year.  So, many teams have delayed their climbs until the hot spell passes.  There have been quite a few bails due to the weather and the great cliff is now mostly empty.  Tomorrow is the start of the Yosemite Facelift, and the heat is up too, so don’t expect to get a Report every day for a while.

ElCap Report 9/20/2015

ElCap Report 9/20/15

By Tom Evans

Yo… It was a little too warm and calm on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.  We didn’t get much relief in the shade of our tree, in the EC meadow, so it must have been pretty bad up on the Cap.  However, the action continued up on the hill.  Several teams reached the top today so we will not see them again for a while.  The weather is supposed to improve within the next few days… and the Facelift is just around the corner, so there will be lots to do.

ElCap Report 9/19/2015

ElCap Report 9/19/15

By Tom Evans

Yo…Sweet weather this weekend is bringing out wall climbers from under their rocks!  Lots of good climbing on the Big Stone today.  You need to be here!

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ElCap Report 9/18/2015

ElCap Report 9/18/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Cloudless skies and cool breezes are heralding the start to the fall season, on ElCap.  The action is heating up as more climbers are coming into the Valley to climb and work the Facelift.  Wherever you are … you would do better to be here!  So come on out for the best climbing season of the year in Yosemite.

ElCap Report 9/17/2015

ElCap Report 9/17/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. Continued spectacular weather is dominating the climbing here in Yosemite.  Warm sun, blue skies, and a cool breeze are making conditions perfect for big wall climbing.  The action is heating up on the Captain so stay tuned for the rundown on all things climbing related.  I am here to report the happenings so that you will know what is going on and how your friends and loved ones are doing.  It is not an inexpensive task to do what I do, and I really appreciate any donations you can send my way.  If you got pictures from me and haven’t sent a donation then please consider doing it.

ElCap Report 9/16/2015

ElCap Report 9/16/15

By Tom Evans

Yo!!!  Ok folks, the Fall season has started in earnest!  I drove up yesterday, in the rain most of the way.  The good news is that the rain really put a damper on the local fires that have been burning for some time.  Today the air was clear and the temperatures spot on for this time of year.  So… listen up all you Cubicle Pukes, chained to your desks, or stuck at home.  Try to figure out some way to get your sorry butts out of wherever you are and head to Yosemite to share the good times!  I got some new photography equipment and having some problems getting used to it… especially the camera which wants to take the beautiful Yosemite granite and give it a pink cast!  Not what I had in mind!  However I was able to work around it for the most part and hope to get it all figured out soon.

ElCap Report 6/23/2015

ElCap Report 6/23/15

By Tom Evans

Yo.. The weather continues to hold without the excessive heat predicted.  We like that!  In a few days from now we will get our due as the temps are going over 100 degrees for the first time this year.  The “locals” did get the record on Aquarian yesterday, 18:10! 

This will be the last ElCap Report of the Season.  Many thanks to those who have donated to the site.  Expenses were high this season and everything helps.  Also, thanks to you loyal readers who have read and supported the Report over the years.

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