24. October 2014


Your fifteen minutes of fame; be a model for Yosemite Conservancy

 Short notice item  -  move quick like a bunny!!

Help Yosemite - lend your image!

Help Yosemite – lend your image!

It’s true – you can be a “face” for YC. Yosemite Conservancy is looking for Yosemite lovers who want to help out as models in photo sessions taking place in Yosemite October 26-28. Your “professional” photo might be used for their website and pubs.

This could be your shot at stardom. You never know what Hollywood producer might be noticing. Be sure to comb your hair.

Any age including children. You will get paid, although they didn’t say how much. I hope it’s more than the gas to get there.

Here is where the crew will be:

Calendar Dates and Locations

Sunday, 10/26 – Wawona/Mariposa Grove

Monday, 10/27 - Yosemite Valley

Tuesday, 10/28 - Yosemite Valley (morning)/Glacier Point (afternoon)

Session start times: 8 am, Midday: 10 am, Afternoon: 2pm

If you are available and will be up there, email to Claire Meyler at cmeyler@yosemiteconservancy.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Purple Haze all 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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23. October 2014


The bears at Yosemite: A rough year.

As the season winds down, Ursa will be hibernating soon. (Ursa is bear in Latin – 1 year of HS class.)

But they have had a real active year.  In 2014, SO FAR, here are the bear stats. There were a total of 154 incidents. This resulted in $7,113 in “lost human money.”

Yosemite Black Bear

Yosemite Black Bear

 Here’s where all this happened:

Place  / #   /   Value

Parking Lots 3 $1,455

Campgrounds 81 $1,936

Other Areas 26 $543

Residential 11 $913

Wilderness 33 $2,266

**** 25 Bears were hit by cars. S L O W down.****


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “As we live a life of ease, everyone of us has all we need. Sky of blue and sea of green, in our yellow submarine.” – the Beatles

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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21. October 2014


-Half Dome Cables and Trail to the National Register of Historic Places

There has been a lot of buzz lately with a many of Yosemite sites being added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Some have asked me “Why isn’t Half Dome on it???”

Well it is.

LISTED, 8/15/12 Half Dome Cables and Trail to the National Register of Historic Places (#12000494).

The cables on Yosemite's Half Dome

The cables on Yosemite’s Half Dome

I know I announced this when it happened, but had to dig around in the safe to find the info.  the original cables are long gone, the effort was headed by Ranger Daniel Schaible (now in the National Capital Region) . I  helped him load the ammunition for the effort.

Half Dome is the 8,842 foot high symbol of Yosemite National Park in California. The famous cables on Half Dome and the trail up Sub Dome to the cables have now been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological 

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