George Anderson Day hike Sat Oct 10 – Mission Peak – Details

George Anderson was the first human (no Indians did it) to ascend to the top of Half Dome. He did this on October 12, 1875.

Mission Peak

Mission Peak, Fremont

We will be celebrating George Anderson Day this Saturday, Oct 10. Please take a little time and join us for a hike to the top of Mission Peak in Fremont, in his memory.  We’ll talk about his many accomplishments as we trundle about 2,000 ft up. We depart the Ohlone Deli at 9:01 am. Point your GPS to 43625 Mission Blvd, Fremont 94539.  It’s a good 3+ hr RT.  Lunch follows.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting:  Oh say, can you see it’s really such a mess
Every inch of Earth is a fighting nest. Giant pencil and lipstick tube shaped things,continue to rain and cause screaming pain.” –
Jimi Henddrix
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


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Winners announced for the free Mt hardware store passes

Congrats to Larry H. and Dan E.

The answer was:  Gutleben Brothers

Thanks for all the answers – these guys found it in my book and beat all the others in.

I may give out other Yosemite stuff if yall comment that you want me to.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Into this house we’re born. Into this world we’re thrown. Like a dog without a bone; an actor out on loan. Riders on the storm.” – The Doors
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


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Another contest – this time for two (2) passes to the Mt Hardware Employee Store

Mt Hardware logo

Win a free pass to the Mt Hardware Employee store

I went to the Mountain Hardware employee store in Richmond, CA again this weekend. I bought a $280 list price 800-down jacket for $140. All their stuff is 50% off. I got two more passes for entry that don’t expire until Nov 8. (Good for 5 people each). The last contest had 5 winners who got passes, but this time I only  have two.

I told all about the contest here on Sept 8. The first two people who comment to this blog with the correct answer to the question below will win. Entries will be accepted at 1 second after 8 am PDT on Wed, Oct 7. The system will time-tag your comment. So that gives late readers time to do their research.  I’ll post the winners on Thurs at 8 am.

Winners from last time are ineligible. BUT if you did go to the store, please comment now telling the others of the good deals you got.

Update: From David S. “Got a Dynotherm down jacket and ordered a flip down sleeping bag at their terminal. Very pleased..”


In 1919, M. Hall McAllister paid for the erection of the Half Dome cables. Name the construction company that did the work.

Carpe Diem!

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I live uptown. I live downtown. I live all around. I had money and I had none. But I never been so broke  that I couldn’t leave town.” – Changeling, the Doors

Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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