28. January 2015


National Park Service and Yosemite in the Rose Bowl Parade

Some slick bureaucrat has earned a gold star – the NPS will be in the Tournament of Roses in 2016. That’s the giant parade in Pasadena with the endless stream of floats. New Years Day (Yawn).

It’s the 100th anniversary of the NPS.

NPS will be in the 2016 Rose Parade

A typical Rose Parade float

The theme for the parade is “Find Your Adventure.”  Yosemite will be there with select rangers. It’s unknown if they will have a float, be on a float or just float. Hey, it’s 12 months away!

Ranger Kristen Kosik is in charge of anniversary planning: 2015 (125th of YNP being named a National Park) and the 2016 hoohah.

I’ve been to the Rose Parade and it is superb. Tickets can be had for as little as $40 for a grandstand seat. It was perfect; 25 rows up so we could see everything. Close to the start is very desireable and expensive. That is very good since as the floats turn the corner, some poop out and cannot continue. So you’ll at least see them.

We did not find the traffic bad at all. It’s nice to hit the warm sun down south. Just be sure to get a west facing seat. …

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26. January 2015


Register for webinar Feb 4 on the 2015 Half Dome Permit Process

Only 40,000 get to hike up Half Dome each year; will you be one of them?

 I’ll be hosting a 45-min Webinar on the Half Dome permit process. The NPS lottery begins in March – a month away! Do you have your planned dates firmed up? Got your team committed? Accommodations?  Write down your questions – I’m here to help.

I go over the whole process and how to maximize your chances. Tips on how to get to the top in 2015.

Cave at the top of Half Dome

Get inside the CAVE on Half Dome’s Visor

Fee is $5.00 via PayPal to ricky.deutsch@gmail.com if you want to attend. (Veterans free.) I’m giving two sessions so more will be able to attend. Both are live mand you will see my slides.

I’ll be using AnyMeeting.com for the collaboration tool.

Tell me if you want the Feb 4 noon or 7 pm session (same content). I will echo back with the registration URL and details.

 Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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26. January 2015


The Yosemite naming controversy – Congress and “Mt McKinley” related?

The recent report that the Delaware North Company plans to retain the rights to names of the more famous sites … like “Ahwahnee Hotel,” “Curry Village,” etc – led me to perk up when I read that Congressman Gibb (Ohio) has introduced HR 437.

This bill would QUOTE: Notwithstanding any other authority of law, the mountain located 63 degrees 04 minutes 12 seconds north, by 151 degrees 00 minutes 18 seconds west shall continue to be named and referred to for all purposes as Mount McKinley. UNQUOTE 

America's tallest mountain

Mt McKinley, 20,157 feet high

Note the wordingany other authority of law,” … as in the State of Alaska. 

The timing of this is interesting – just as Yosemite will begin the process to try and retain the names of the important facilities. 

For years, debates have been ongoing on the name Denali or McKinley. The natives refer to it as Denali. In 1887, the name was “Densmore’s Mountain.”

Turns out President William McKinley was from Niles, Ohio; he is buried in Canton. So in 1889, the name McKinley was picked to honor him. The naming has been a controversy between the state of Alaska and Congress.

The park …

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