15. April 2014

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Yosemite slowly opening for the warm season


National Park Service logo

National Park Service logo

Here’s an update on openings at Yosemite:

The Ice Cut is open for the season.

Four Mile trail is still closed due to ice on the upper sections.

The Glacier Point Store is open for the season.

The webinar runs in 2 days.  Try hiking the old Big Oak Flat road.  It’s still there. Went of of use due to rockfalls  - then the new road we use opened.   REGISTER


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Purple Haze was in my brain. Lately things don’t seem the same; actin’ funny but I don’t know why. ‘scuse me while I kiss the sky.” – Jimi Hendrix

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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13. April 2014


Webinar: Old Big Oak Flat Road hike Thursday Apr 17

Yosemite's Big Oak Flat Road

Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat Road

My next Yosemite webinar will be this Thursday, April 17 at 12:00 Pacific. The topic will be Hiking the Big Oak Flat Road. This is about a 9-hour round trip hike. The hike goes on the original 1874 stagecoach road from Tamarack Flat into the valley near El Cap. I’ll show-and-tell you all about it and how to do it in a day. This hike is on no maps and is rigorous as you scramble over 3 Talus fields. But it is great. You will see no one.

The fee will be $8.00 for new attendees and only $4.00 for previous participants of any of the live sessions or those who have watched the replays.  As usual, all military or veterans are free (my thanks to you).  If you can’t make the time, I can send you the replay.

Send the amount to my PayPal account  ricky.deutsch@gmail.com  and I will echo back with the link to the registration. GoToWebinar will then send you the link to the event.

See you Thursday,


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10. April 2014


Half Dome permits | Yosemite Campgrounds open


After the summit of Half Dome

After the summit of Half Dome #90 for Steve Hutton

All advanced permits to hike up to the top of Half Dome will be selected NLT April 15 – Tuesday. You’ll get an email saying YES or NO. The only way to get a permit later is to do the 2-day mini lottery.   And so we wait and wait and worry and “what-if.”

To divert your attention, check this out:

El Capitan's trash grab

El Capitan’s trash grab

Three of Yosemite’s climbing rangers went up El Cap to clean up all the trash people left in cracks. A neat video. Hmmmm “Leave no trace climbing?

Save the date: April 17 – Webinar on hiking the old Big Oak Flat Road.

YNP is now clearing the snow off of the Glacier Point Road. They’ll start plowing Tioga Road Tuesday.

North Pines Campground and the Backpacker Camp are now open. All Pines Campgrounds are on reservation and fully booked for the season; people may NOT just walk in and choose a site.

The toilet and fountain at the Vernal Fall footbridge are ready for you.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: Have you ever been (have you ever been) to Electric Ladyland? The

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