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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.

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!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
Oct 8, 2016 - 11:45am PT
That's a Sad if sassy report.
O Captain! My Captain! Related Poem Content Details
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?

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?
Flip Flop

Earth Planet, Universe
Oct 8, 2016 - 12:05pm PT

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

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!

Trad climber
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.

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

the Fet

Oct 8, 2016 - 02:49pm PT
Thanks for all the years of hard work, great writing, and amazing photographs Tom.

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.

Big Wall climber
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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.
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!!

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

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Oct 10, 2016 - 08:34am PT
Awwwww! I am saddened to hear the news, but I understand that you need to move on.

Thanks for all that you've done for the community and for capturing one of the greatest adventures of my life!

See ya around, my friend.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Oct 10, 2016 - 12:49pm PT
English is my second language for me, so maybe I did not understand something. Did he say good bye, but then mention he will still be shooting people and posting the photos to his site, for the rest of the season and in the future?
In any case, a great benefit for those climbing on El Cap, thanks for all the years of work!

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Oct 10, 2016 - 01:56pm PT
Thx Tom! Fully enjoyed and so did family and friends!

Hope this frees you up to do some climbing too!

Munge E. Climber

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