17. September 2014


Yosemite Gas station closures

Be advised that there will be shorter hours at in-park gas stations. It’s time for testing and certification. You may want to avoid the wait and gas up before you really need to. Here’s the schedule of closures: 

Wednesday, Sep 17th – Tuolumne Meadows Chevron – 9 am – Noon
Thursday, Sep 18th – Crane Flat Chevron- 9 am – 11 am
Monday, Sep 22nd – Wawona Chevron – 10 am – Noon
Wednesday, Sep 24th – Crane Flat Chevron – 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Congratulations to both Mark Spenser and Steve Hutton…this year they both hit the 100 times up Half Dome mark. That’s a lot of calories!

Mark Spenser on the rock

Mark Spenser on the rock

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Step by step, bit by bit. Stone by stone, brick by brick. Step by step, day by day. Mile by mile.” – Whitney Houston

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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15. September 2014


Product Review – Princeton Tec VIZZ headlight for Half Dome

I suggest that hikers carry a decent flashlight (4 AA cells) or a headlamp on the Half Dome hike.  You won’t need it in the morning unless you start about 4 am. The normal start is about 5:30 am and even though it may be dark later in the summer, you will be in twilight. You’re on a nice road to begin, then on the trail to the south of the Merced for 30 minutes.  It’s be light soon.

At the end of the day, you may be taking longer than the 10-12 hours most do the hike in. I’ve been out with a group that came in at 17 hours. Yikes.

If you have sprained ankle or other issue, you may be in the dark going down the John Muir Trail. I mean you walk using Braille. A light is mandatory.

Hot Princeton Tec light

Hot Princeton Tec light

I discovered the above headlamp selling for $40.  It boasts 165 lumens. That is bright. With 3 modes – Ultra bright, red light and soft. The red is to keep from blinding your buddies. At full blast it is supposed to last 110 hours. 110! That’s what it sez in the user guide. Three …

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14. September 2014


Fox News is stirring the pot: Yosemite vs Yellowstone

They call it: Smackdown: Yellowstone vs. Yosemite—America’s best national park 

Both Y parks are both great. Let’s see.

Yellowstone:  It’s huge, the geysers are neat, you can set your watch by Old Faithful, see buffalo and grizzlies and elk and its 67 species of mammals is the most in the lower 48 states. It’s been a National Park since 1872 – but only because there was not state then to replicate the Yosemite Grant. It has 206 waterfalls, but most are dinky – the tallest is 300 ft.  The highest peak is 11,000 feet.

Yosemite: It has the huge valley with cliffs 3,000 feet above the beautiful valley. We have docile black bears that know their place. We had Buffalo Soldiers! We have the great grey owl. We have the Sequoia trees. We’ve been around since 1864. We have 29 waterfalls over 100 feet. The  tallest in North America. We have 250 species of birds. We can go over 13,000 feet.

But the tie breaker: WE HAVE HALF DOME.   Neener, neener, neener.

 Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Why don’t you come with me little girl, on a magic carpet ride? You don’t know what we can see. Why don’t you

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