REI Sale kicks in the 21st thru Labor Day.

If you are not a member of REI – join. You will save a lot over the initiation fee. You’ll need to be a member to get some real good deals.

In addtion to the usual 40% any one item…you can get about 25% on many others.

REI’s Labor Day Sales begins the 125th. Some pretty good prices. You can get my favorite boot, the Vasque Breeze 3.0 for 25% off – Men’s List is now $180.

See my trusty boots.


Vasque Breeze 1.0 – still humming along

FYI ….the house brands are now called “REI Co-op.” Guess they want us to think there are twigs & nuts, not a major corporation.

The company has changed quite a bit in the recent years. For one, they don;t sell my book any more. HUH?  It’s the only hiking guide to doing half Dome.

Then they don’t want me to speak there. I used to do the 12 Bay area stores, for -0- compensation. Instead they  have a staff member give the half Dome talk….he/she has maybe done it twice.

Third, they have removed the DVD’s and in general focus on high margin products – clothing.

Fourth, they stopped printing their monthly events hand-out. they want us to go to the website to find out what speakers are coming in.  Fagettaboudit!  I liked to post the schedule near my desk and NOT have to do everything on the web.  So I haven’t been to a talk in years.

READ REI’s current return policy

Anyway, jump on the sale. Hose brand tents are 30% off & non-down sleeping bags.

Did you get your Half Dome TShirt yet?  Mine are the best – 4-color and the ONLY one that shows the cables route.  Send me a comment and I’ll send you the process and pricing.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been working like a dog. It’s been a hard day’s night, I should be sleeping like a log.” – The Beatles

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Throw away water bottles back in at Yosemite.

In a really strange move, the National Park Service is discontinuing what they called the “Water Bottle Ban.” Since 2011, the official directive to units was to discontinue the sale of disposable water bottles.  That was a good idea – stop all the plastic trash and let visitors fill up their own bottles.  A GREEN approach.

Sorry – so much for that idea. Effective in October, they have cancelled that policy.  Huh?   In a statement, they said they decided to let people decide on their own way of “hydrating.” So you can now buy your bottled water from the clear springs of …..well, maybe Romania, and toss the bottle.  Say what?

Water bottle

Bring your Nalgene water bottle and “fill ‘re up” – you can toss it into the plastic ocean when done.

“In a carefully worded release, the acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds, said:  “Ultimately it should be up to our visitors to decide how best to keep themselves and their families hydrated during a visit to a national park, particularly during hot summer visitation periods.”

While they will now resume selling water in bottles, they will encourage people to bring their own containers and fill up at water stations.   Hmmmm, really?  Makes you wonder if revenue had anything to do with this.

The bottled water industry is ecstatic. Here’s a twisted statement from them: “Safe, healthy, convenient bottled water is available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,”


Related:  Learn about hydration

Just a SWAG (look the meaning up)…let’s say of the 5 million people that come to Yosemite each year…1/3 of them will buy a bottle at $2.00 a  pop.   So $2M x $2 = $4M in sales.  Not bad for the concessionaire…Aramark.  I dunno, maybe the vendors had a strong lobby to make this happen.

Strange but true.

The Half Dome hiking season is half over. Did you get your “I made it to the top” TShirt? Click on the STORE link.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.” – Steve Smith  Ergo – Hike Half Dome this year!

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Rain coming to Yosemite – Be prepared in case of lightning

Weather folks are saying T-Storms are possible at the park. Don’t go near Half Dome!!

Here’s a great chart with advice on what to do…in case.  Click to enlarge.

Chart in case of lightning

Bottom line: Get off the mountain

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Lightning is striking again…..Lightning is striking again and again and again.” – Lou Christie
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


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