27. February 2015


Half Dome Permit Lottery begins Sunday – Learn how to get them

If you missed the Feb 4 webinar we did on Permits, I recorded it and you can learn the best ways to maximize your chances of snagging a Yosemite Half Dome Permit.

The application period for the 2015 season begins on Sunday, March 1. No rush, you get the whole month. If you’d like to see the recording, the fee is $5.00 via PayPal to ricky.deutsch@gmail.com   I will reply with the link.

Cables are needed toascend to the top of half dome

The Half Dome cables – coming soon!


Carpe Diem,


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27. February 2015


Yosemite hosts public forum on important Sierra Nevada issues

Yosemite National Park brings in to-notch speakers to inform the public on the status of topics affecting the long term health of the mountain range known as the Sierra Nevada. They are the highest mountains in the lower 48. (Thanks to Mt Whitney at 14,500.)

Speakers from Universities talk about the effects of weather, climate change, flora and fauna.  Lectures are noon-1 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at the Valley Visitor Center Auditorium. First come seating. No tickets or registration needed.

The program runs every month in 2015. If yo are at the park, cool off for an hour.

Here is the schedule and topics. Click to read.

Yosemite to begin Forum in 2015

Yosemite 2015 Lecture Series


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The range of light” – John Muir

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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26. February 2015

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Prescribed fire out of control in NorCal – 200 acres burned. “Controlled” fire scheduled at Yosemite – Wawona

Yosemite announced they will be doing a prescribed fire burn (on purpose to remove underbrush). It will be in the Wawona area, near the South Entrance. Look for it today, February 26.

It will be planned for over 500 acres, although the first phase will be 60 acres. The total area will be done by March 30.

Do you recall the one in 2007 (August!) that did-in 6,000 acres near the Big Meadow area on the Big Oak Flat Road?

Now we hear that the fire guys in Siskiyou County (Northern California) have one out of control. It’s now called the Stephens Fire. It started 2 days ago and got out of control. It’s on private land. 200 acres now and 30+? Controlled.

prescribed burns cull the forst

Yosemite doing prescribed – aka controlled – burn.

Let’s hope the Yosemite crew ppanned this one out. It’s pretty dry up there, but rain is moving in. Wonder if we copuld get cvolunteers to just rake it all up?  naah, to omuch work…fire is faster. The top brass has to sign off the plan. But “stuff” doesn happen. Fingers crossed.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I fell into a burning ring of fire, I went down,

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