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Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Jun 20, 2013 - 12:43pm PT
//I don't understand the "I'm grateful we didn't have cell phones" line. Are cell phone on El Cap mandatory? Is there a rule somewhere that we have to carry them? Isn't it a personal choice to take one?
Does it bother you that other people have cell phones on El Cap? Really? I don't get it.//

I wouldn't go up there without a cell phone now. That's just the nature of the world today, and arguably, it would be irresponsible to go up without one. What I meant was that I'm grateful that I didn't have to make that choice back in the day.

Times change. I'm good with that. But with every innovation, something is also lost. There was something about being up there and knowing it was just me and Frank.

And Mark, I enjoy your trip reports immensely. It's one of the first things I click on. Probably makes me a hypocrite. I'll live with that.
Mees

climber
Jun 20, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
I kind of doubt the noobs he disses (often) in his reports asked for him to do that. To me that kind of commenting is low class and just mean. I don't care if they are doing it "wrong" or how badass of climber the photographer used to be. Did he get it right his 1st time out? did he have some dude peeping his progress and reporting what a phuq up he was to the world when he was cutting his teeth? Besides they're all butt shots!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 20, 2013 - 01:12pm PT
Dude that last stick clip guy is famous!!

He definitely should show up at the bridge with that massive stick! If you're going to use a stick or do something that isn't in perfect form you might as well go do it big and be proud of it! Lol


Compared to the things us climbers say about each other out in the real world Tom is pretty mild, all in good fun and generally informative

Being slandered by Tom means at least you're up there. You'd have to have a thin skin to take it too seriously.

Plus he doesn't just pick on noobs he also got pete pretty good last year. Deservedly so
Roots

Mountain climber
SoCal
Jun 20, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
Folks - spectators (and often climbers) have been watching teams progress up big walls/faces with scopes, etc since waaaaay back to early Alps climbing. This is nothing new.

Tom's service gets my vote! What a great souvenir to get a CD of your climb and for him to keep everyone up to date on teams' progress along their way. However, slamming noobs is unprofessional and should be stopped IMHO.



saa

climber
not much of a
Jun 20, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Tom : happy 69th birthday!!!! Eat more salad.

Others:
Yes Tom īs humour is drilling, abrasive , sarcastic, rough.
Or something like that. It takes getting used to. Took me 2 years.

Nooooobies hammering:
Tom did spank Nico and Sean (Favresse- Villanueva ODriscoll)
in october 2011, suggesting they bail.
Nobody would put that team in the nooooby category.
So itīs not only the newbies who get hammered. Just sarcasm.

If i was up there in the yellow ocean, i d be happy to know that my family knows
I m ok. With or without cell phone.

Cheers.
Impaler

Social climber
Berkeley
Jun 20, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
Yes, have donated. Comments about the noobs are pretty awesome and I love them! If you want to learn to climb walls and eff up as much as you like, go get on the column or on the tower. Nobody will be watching you there. Your personal choice.
Gene

climber
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
DISCLAIMER:

THESE REPORTS ARE THE MUSINGS OF AN OBSERVER WHO IS FAR FROM THE ACTION AND ANY RELATION TO THE TRUTH IS THE MEREST OF COINCIDENCE. SOME OF WHAT IS WRITTEN IS SIMPLY A FABRICATION, WRITTEN TO MAKE THE STORY "BETTER". SO DON'T TAKE THIS STUFF TOO SERIOUSLY. IT IS MEANT AS ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE MOST PART ALTHOUGH I DO TRY TO GET THE CLIMBING FACTS RIGHT. {SNIP}

Seems pretty clear to me.


j-tree

Big Wall climber
Classroom to crag to summer camp
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
Donated last year and this year.
klaus

Big Wall climber
Pacif*#ka Muthaf*#ka
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:26pm PT
calling your readers "cubicle pukes" is classy
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
"not an exhibitionist"

Must have read that wrong. DMT puts even the bear scat on display!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
"Unlike many of us, myself included"...

:-)

Generally I ask folks to opt in, not expect them to opt out. I even ask the Bears (but not the Brelly Girls!)

I really don't care all that much about the privacy thing, frankly. I'm just saying, not everyone goes up there wants their butt shots posted on the internet. Randisi made that point - I think the point is 100% VALID.

DMT
Morgan

Trad climber
East Coast
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
No.

But, I did receive some awesome posters – Nose + Moon and El Cap at night. The recipients of these gifts were super psyched! And that was before his lens got stolen. I bet the prints and CDs are even more rad with the new gear.
Nilepoc

Big Wall climber
Tx
Jun 20, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
Here was the scene in 1992. This seems a whole lot more invasive than the current setup. Note the live video feed on the table.

Getting beta for our first try at climbing El Capitan via The Nose. 6/...
Getting beta for our first try at climbing El Capitan via The Nose. 6/1992
Credit: Nilepoc

And here is the quality. I would say we are better off and in some respects have more privacy than before. Toms images are artistry, and don't forget we are in a public space.

Me on the second to last pitch, The Nose 6/1992
Me on the second to last pitch, The Nose 6/1992
Credit: Nilepoc

I am actually a little remiss that my last climb was not better documented (we climbed at the end of August when he was on break). I cherish the grainy images I have from my first time on the capitan. I would cherish newer images just as much. They may all be butt shots, but they are great buttshots.

Thank you Tom, I will donate based on the entertainment alone. And I have to say I may do my next wall at a time when I know he will be on the bridge.

elcap-pics

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Jun 20, 2013 - 05:26pm PT
It's entertainment... nothing more... don't want to be entertained? Then don't look at the site.. your choice, no one is forcing you to read the report. More than a few people climb elCap and never get mentioned or photographed, as they requested. I don't take butt shots or people doing their own "business", so it would appear some of you are misinformed.

Many thousands of readers enjoy the site for the shots and commentary, most of which is just an attempt at simple humour. It is not an easy task to do the photography or the report, as it takes many hours in the evening and morning of each day. Many thanks to all of you who are readers of the site and if you donated over the years then that is great... if not then that is great too! Donation is not mandatory and if you got shots and didn't donate then that is fine with me... enjoy your shots as my gift to you, that's why I take them. It has been suggested that I make it into a "pay to read" website... no thanks! The Report is not about making money. That is one of the reasons don't have any advertising on the site. It is there for anyone to see, free of charge. RI or Climbing... etc usually have one issue, with several photos dedicated to Yosmeite, A YEAR! You get more than that on the Report every day, for free!!

I get a lot of email from parents, friends, family and loved ones who appreciate and find comfort in the chance to see their loved ones on ElCap and read how they are doing.

I do find it humorous that some of the biggest sprayers of hate on the Taco find the "Stick or Bail of the Day" somehow offensive!! If I wrote what you haters write on the Taco I wouldn't have a single reader left by now!!

Anyway... have to get busy on the images for the day and the Report now. Thanks to those who support my efforts to keep ElCap at the forefront of big wall climbing. See you at the Bridge!
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Jun 20, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
Tom, you and El Cap report rocks. Keep up the good work and public relations you do for the climbing community.
I am a poor boy and can only contribute beer, so whats your poison?
Cobra venom?
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jun 20, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
Tom, PM me your address and I'll send you a little check.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jun 20, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Being slandered by Tom means at least you're up there.

Exactly.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Jun 20, 2013 - 07:02pm PT
Toms report is inspiring.

Pictures he hands the victors and victims are priceless.

The man is a living legend of El Cap passion. I look forward to his report and a few minutes of face to face hello each year.

Yeah, I donate to him... If you ask me, it's never enough, but it's something.

Tom, keep it up!

Jay Renneberg
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Jun 20, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
To make it easier, would it not be prudent to post a link to the donation spot in this thread?

I have it copied

here is the El Cap Reports page where the Donate Button can be located in the upper left of the page.

P.S. I will be donating to Tom momentarily


Cheers all, and thank you Tom, you inspire with every slap of the shutter

Done
E.L. "One"

Big Wall climber
Lancaster, California
Jun 20, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
"I do find it humorous that some of the biggest sprayers of hate on the Taco find the "Stick or Bail of the Day" somehow offensive!! If I wrote what you haters write on the Taco I wouldn't have a single reader left by now!!"

You're a Good man Tom. Damit! I'm sending another donation

Bob "Cracko" Porter
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