El Cap Report Makes Comeback

The Harding Roof area. Photo courtesy of elcapreport.com

The Harding Roof area. Photo courtesy of elcapreport.com

After three months of inactivity, Yosemite photographer Tom Evans is bringing his popular El Cap Reports back, thanks to the organization Friends of YOSAR. Back in June, fans of the site—which provides daily detailed updates on the parties climbing El Cap, along with fantastic mega-telephoto images shot from the El Cap Bridge—were disappointed when Evans announced that he would be shutting down business due to the heavy time restraints the site requires.

Here's what Evans had to say back in June: "I started the Report, several years ago, to bring El Cap back into the world climbing spotlight, after it had languished in the backwaters of climbing for many years. I got some help with posting pictures, and soon the site took off, not only as a photo site but a site that told the stories of many climbers, well known and unknown. Soon the site drew climbers to the El Cap Bridge to see for themselves what was going on, and in the process we developed the sense of community that had been missing for some time. We had a new place to hang out and tell the stories of our adventures, all the while getting to watch our friends and fellow climbers striving to reach their dreams. I have tried to make the site better by posting as many images as practical each day, and at the same time tell, in a few simple words, what I was seeing as I photographed the teams on the wall."

Evans says he was surprised at the huge ammounts of traffic the site was receiving, but the task of posting photos every day became arduous. "It became an all consuming task, requiring 4 or 5 hours a day on a computer with the notoriously shitty internet connections here in the Valley. It was a physically demanding schedule that allowed no time for anything else. So now the time has come, as I approach my 67th birthday in a couple of days, to let it go and get out and do the other things I love to do in Yosemite. I want to thank all of you who donated to the site, no matter what amount you sent. As you may have read, I was robbed of most of my photo equipment this winter and have slowly replaced some of the essential items, as I was not able to collect any insurance. My heart felt thanks goes out to all of you who have encouraged me over the years and offered your support."

But it turns out the El Cap Reports weren't dead yet. On September 15, Evans came back online, citing an agreement between him and Friends of YOSAR that would let him use their much better Internet connection before diving right into the day's report. Even more exciting is that Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson have started their Dawn Wall mission, and we can expect Evans to supply a stream of updates on the team's progress.

Read this week's reports at elcapreport.com.