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Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, Co
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 8, 2016 - 11:26am PT
Thanks for spraying to the world for us Tom. No one will longer know how cool I am.

http://elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report10816-0





ElCap Report10/8/16
Submitted by Tom Evans on Sat, 10/08/2016 - 15:23 El Cap Reports Fall 2016
ElCap Report 10/8/16
By Tom Evans
Yo…My long running project, The ElCap Report, has finally come to an end. For me, it has been a path far different from that I had foreseen. I have had many great moments recording the events on ElCap and I have had some of the worst moments of my life. I want to thank all you readers and supporters who have made the Report possible. I will continue with my photography, so you can find me, like always, down at the ElCap meadow. Since I will still be shooting, for the rest of this season, and in the future, you can still get your photos from me. The website will remain as a contact point for those of you who need to get in touch about pics or copies of the Reports.
My heartfelt thanks to all of you and my best wishes for an interesting and productive life.
So that’s the way it is, on this Saturday, the 8th day of October, 2016, the end of the ElCap Report era.
Signing off… Capt. Tom.. still at the epicenter, of the center, of the universe… El Capitan!
Matt Thomsen

Big Wall climber
Places
Oct 8, 2016 - 11:35am PT
Congrats Tom! Good times.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
Oct 8, 2016 - 11:45am PT
That's a Sad if sassy report.
O Captain! My Captain! Related Poem Content Details
BY WALT WHITMAN
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Walt Whitman











fond wishes and a hearty thank you.
Is it that the devolving group of current aspirants aint worthy?

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/minimal-competence-require-to-climb-big-walls/112207121__3#a_112212318

I'm sorry that you and the coolest freakin'n Frackin' rock-climbing web sight
is only going to be in re-runs.
Be well, and stop by the Ckamp fire , o, post your favorites on the The Mouse from Merced'sFlames thread and now that that is said
why and what? for Reals?
WTF?
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Oct 8, 2016 - 12:05pm PT
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
crankster

Trad climber
No. Tahoe
Oct 8, 2016 - 12:35pm PT
Great while it lasted. Thanks, Tom, and best of luck.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 8, 2016 - 12:41pm PT
The El Cap Report provided one of the most unique perspectives on climbing- though my wall days were some time ago, the ECR provided a wonderful, live, vicarious way to experience El Cap again.

Thanks, Tom, for all of your hard work- it was truly one of a kind, unique in all the world!
ClimbingOn

Trad climber
NY
Oct 8, 2016 - 12:47pm PT
Very sad to see it go. Always a great source of inspiration and something to be looked forward to every morning in the Spring and Fall.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
Oct 8, 2016 - 01:17pm PT
!!!!NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!


why??
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Oct 8, 2016 - 02:49pm PT
Thanks for all the years of hard work, great writing, and amazing photographs Tom.
PhilG

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Oct 8, 2016 - 04:22pm PT
Thanks Tom for all the years of keeping me connected to the scene.
My morning cup of coffee won't be the same without you.
Levy

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Oct 8, 2016 - 05:20pm PT
Wow, the end of an era.

Tom's reports kept the fires stoked for wall climbing for many folks. The El Cap report will be sorely missed.

Thanks again to Tom for all his efforts over the years.
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
Oct 8, 2016 - 05:40pm PT
Thanks Tom. Your reports have been an awesome contribution to the climbing community.
clarkolator

climber
Oct 8, 2016 - 05:55pm PT
Thanks, Tom. I've really enjoyed reading your reports.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Oct 8, 2016 - 06:43pm PT


Thanks for all the fun, Tom !
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 8, 2016 - 06:44pm PT

We'll miss it, Tom.
Thanks for your dedication over the years!
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Oct 8, 2016 - 07:01pm PT
He'll be back - they always come back...

It would be nice to see more of an occasional blog, whenever he feels like it, with more pix of people within 50 feet of the camera and less of yet another party in the Stovelegs. I powered my way through all reports for the year a few nights ago. Kind of seemed like every single day is a bit much - maybe for everyone.
labrat

Trad climber
Erik O. Auburn, CA
Oct 9, 2016 - 11:15pm PT
Thank you Tom
Sorry to see you go
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 10, 2016 - 05:27am PT
I'm sure that Tom's really missed the Ask=a-Climber program he got aced out of. He adjusted to that well, I thought.

(Heartless bureaucratic bastards.)

At least he didn't have to put up with the annoyance of n00bs and know-nothings like these folks here.
Guido, BooDawg, Tom Evans, and Chantel Astorga.
Guido, BooDawg, Tom Evans, and Chantel Astorga.
Credit: mouse from merced

He's now adjusting to life w/o El Cap Report.

I'm sure he'll appreciate that life is not just Cathedral Beach.

See ya in the meadow, TOM!!
Mike.

climber
Oct 10, 2016 - 07:03am PT
Tom, it was a good run of fun. The best part of the ECR was being able to see you at one static location for lengths of time. Glad to know you'll be back in your more stealthy mode of shooting climbers, and still habituating the meadow. Thanks for sharing so many unique photos through the years.

Tom is a great friend of mine and has been for many years; will continue to be. But I can't say I was a fan of the real-time reporting on the Captain. I know I'm in the minority, but I'm also not alone in that sentiment. Yes, I know it's not a wilderness experience up there, but the nature of it did change with the eyes on every move and reportage of same. So this is somewhat a throwback to the days when you could climb EC, come down, and tell friends about what happened, versus everyone telling you what happened. Not a bad thing. EC is still there, Tom is still there, you can still get shots of your bad self on high, and Tom doesn't have to work so hard. Win/win.

See ya soon, Tom...
canyoncat

Social climber
SoCal
Oct 10, 2016 - 08:22am PT
Again? Didn't he quit a few times already, or am I misremembering?
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