I donated when I climbed the Captain twice in 2011 - and I still look at the shots Tom gave me on a daily basis. I'll be donating again in the future.
Last year I had a non climbing friend on honeymoon in Yosemite - as soon as I realised where he was I sent him a text message to go and get Tom a six pack from The Lodge.
In 2010, after meeting and talking to Tom for all of 30 seconds I knew he had the same northern England sense of humour as me.
I'm really more concerned about all the lame brains on this site that have to find something critical about someone to make themselves feel better. El Cap-Pics is about the best way of climbing the Captain other than climbing it.
I'm an older climber (still young at 58 - tomorrow), and have attempted El Capitan a few times without success, and love the vicarious enjoyment I get of seeing people way up on the wall in places I'll probably never get to. And I'm sure I'm not alone.
IMHO Tom has found a great outlet in keeping involved in climbing after reaching an age where your body just won't do it anymore. We are not all gifted in gracefully aging so we can still climb 5.12 in our 60's (Werner). But the climbing bug is hard to kill, it lives on in us in many ways. Tom brings us dramatic pictures of people in action, putting it out there. I LOVE IT.
It's been at least 15 years (hard to remember now) since I climbed Tacquitz with Tom, and every time I go to Yosemite I love to go to the bridge and look through his telescopic lens at folks high on the wall. I have a beautiful picture of climbers high up on the wall with a full moon right behind them, which almost everyone who sees it makes positive comments.
Like Tom says, if you don't like it, don't clic on to the site. Your prerogative.
Pretty hard to not like Tom once you've met him in person. I suspect most people making the negative comments have judge Tom soley based on his internet personality. And really that says more about them then Tom...