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ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:26am PT
I've got a couple of questions.

First: Did you give yourself the "Captain Tom" nickname? Because I've never heard anyone call you that and you know the rules, you can't give YOURSELF a nickname.

Second: Why tell us to let it go after posting the details of why you won't be working the Ask a Climber program? I don't get it... ha haa. You know how riled we can get.

You're the man, Tom. Thanks for all the killer shots! Hope to see you around many years to come.

OOUUAAAAHHHHH!!!
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:30am PT
Ammon, IIRC, Tom was a Captain in the Army and a pilot. ;)
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:32am PT
The real question is now that he is not associated with NPS, how long until he gets tooled for being a "commercial" photographer?
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:32am PT
I know Paul, just razzing a friend.
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:34am PT
The real question is now that he is not associated with NPS, how long until he gets tooled for being a "commercial" photographer?

Um, that already happened more than a decade ago. Tom has never asked me or anyone else (I know of) for money. We donate to his cause.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:42am PT
Sorry to hear it Tom. Nothing new really, the tool is the tool is the tool. Faces under the flathat change, but the endless BS never does.


Ed wrote:
we have Roger Brown being told he was no longer of service in the Valley

Really? WTF? Talk about selfless giving back to the community. Roger is THE MAN.

ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Aug 12, 2013 - 03:33am PT
Nice Tom!

Yup, I was only out of the game for about three month's before climbing and jumping again.

Thanks for everything you do! I have one of your photos of Kait and I hanging on the wall, here at the house. Like I said, just razzing a friend and it felt like I was on the bridge saying the above, all good mate... virtual bridge spray.

"Bask in the glory!"

Yarrrr!
Fig's Lady

Social climber
Bishop, CA and Tucson Arizona
Aug 12, 2013 - 05:39am PT
I think he should have a peak named after him.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 12, 2013 - 09:21am PT
Hey Tommy,

Congratulations on your promotion! You have now been elevated to the status of Independent Dirtbag.

No longer do you need to account to anyone for anything. From what I can tell, it will be business as usual.

See you soon, buddy. I'm still looking for partner[s] for the fall wall season, so please keep your eyes open for me, eh?
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
I think he should have a peak named after him.

Or, at least a feature on El Cap ;)
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
Did you give yourself the "Captain Tom" nickname? Because I've never heard anyone call you that and you know the rules, you can't give YOURSELF a nickname.

by the powerf's vested in me
as the villiage space cadet,

i hereby grant tom the
fitting and appropriate
handle,

Major Tom.
(he's also ground control)


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
Sorry to hear of this. Ive been living vicariously through Toms photo documentation. I dont know why the NPS would bite the hand that feeds them like this. Im sure it was a brain child of some over educated under experienced type that is only there as a ladder rung to higher positions. Wanna bet im close!?

Perhaps,, right here,, we could organize a petition.? "The Bridge" served THEM well. It seems rather odd that they would try to nickel and dime Tom like this.. Truly strange.
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:35pm PT
"The National Park Service, (NPS) now says that as a volunteer, all my photos, writings, blogs, artistic renderings, etc. that were done using information gathered while volunteering at the Bridge, are now exclusively the property of the NPS and I have no rights to any of my own work."

It's a good thing that you gathered all that info before and after your shift. ;-)

I'm glad you gave up the nps gig instead of your calling making the El Cap report!

As always a respectful reporting of the events. Bravo!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
I laughed out loud at Ian's post near the top. Perfect description of valley employment 30 years back.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Aug 12, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
So we all have to turn over our Facelift photos?

So actually, I believe the issue is the right to sell or otherwise monetize the photos. Not that Tom has to stop taking them or publishing them for free.

The National Park Service, (NPS) now says that as a volunteer, all my photos, writings, blogs, artistic renderings, etc. that were done using information gathered while volunteering at the Bridge, are now exclusively the property of the NPS and I have no rights to any of my own work.

Tom, any clarification on this? Do you have to turn everything over? Is this ex post facto or from now on?
Johnny K.

climber
Aug 12, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
The NPS really told Roger Brown he is not a service to Yosemite valley??? O_O

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 12, 2013 - 02:17pm PT
Well, you don't get to be a Nat Park Superintendent by being smart or,
necessarily, a good person. The Peter Principle when applied to guvmint
organisations is more aptly termed The Peter Principal.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Aug 12, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
It would seem that the NPS, at least at Yosemite, should try to figure out just what kind of an organization it wants to be, and how they could collaborate with a constituency which has an intimate connection with the place.

Ed, it would appear its brass has already done so. This is such a shame, because almost all of NPS Yosemite employees I know are wonderful people, and many contribute greatly to this forum.

I, too, appreciate your letting us know the situation, and your willingness to continue providing us your matchless photos, Tom. Thanks much.

John
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Aug 12, 2013 - 03:05pm PT
Good on you Capt Tom. I'm putting you in for a promotion to Major now. You're a lot more gracious than me though, those faceless souless POS valley PROFESSIONAL scumsuckers sucking off the public tit can kiss my ass.

Hopefully as a private citizen you are not hassled for doing your thing, which is so kind and interesting for so many.

Thank you
Ian Jewell

climber
Aug 12, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
FACT : FREE CHONGO !!!!!! ( master of counter surveillance )




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