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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21. October 2014


The price of visiting Yosemite is going up; Admission to rise 50%

It's going to cost more to earn your TShirt

It’s going to cost more to earn your TShirt

Yosemite National Park wants to raise the price of seeing the Valley and Big Trees. It’s proposed that admission become $30. It has been $20 per car. Prior to 1997, it was $5.00. The park took a lot of flack in 1997 and they may be in store for more.

An annual pass would increase from $40 to $60.  Individual admission will jump from $10 to $15 and motorcycles to $25. Tent camping will bump from from $6 per night to $24 per night for family sites and $48 per night for group sites.

 Every agency can use more money. Is this rise to fund the Merced River Plan? Yes, it costs more to run things. Welcome to America.

The counter argument is that the National Parks are for ALL citizens.  Not just the rich. The visit by Oprah Winfrey was hoped to get more minorities to the park. I haven’t seen many. Many just cannot afford to go.

Does this bother you???  A 30-day public comment period began on Monday, the 20th. You can send your 2 cents to: yose_planning@nps.gov by Nov 20.


Unrelated thought worth quoting:

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20. October 2014


Lafayette Bunnell – Mariposa Battalion 1851 | He documented the Discovery of Yosemite

At a recent REI talk, I met Bonnie K.  She is a descendant of Lafayette Bunnell. He was the “medical man” with the Mariposa Battalion. They were the first whites to enter the Yosemite Valley in March of 1851. He documented the Discovery of Yosemite in a book he put out some 30 years later. A MUST read.


Many don’t know of him – yet if you want the truth about the Awahneechee and how the whites took over the valley, READ THIS.

The definitive Book on Yosemite

The definitive Book on Yosemite

Lafayette Bunnell's definitive book on Yosemite.

Lafayette Bunnell’s definitive book on Yosemite.

There was some controversy if he was a REAL doctor.  Bonnie sent me is Medical Degree. It is dated 18634, he was a doctor.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I was feelin’ so bad. I asked my family doctor just what I had. I said “Doctor, Mr. M.D., Now can you tell me what’s ailin’ me, Doctor.” He said, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.” –  the Young Rascals

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome



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