Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Yesterday I did my 30th Half Dome hike. It was a bit harder than my usual and took 12 hours. I was feeling sick with a “head cold” the last few days before. After dinner I got strange chills and climbed into my sleeping bag about 8 pm. It was a long night as I was shivering yet sweating inside my down bag. Not good. But I feel pretty good today.
The water levels have gone down a lot since my July 4 hike. The falls even seemed a bit lighter. My hiking partner, Scott, and I didn’t get to the cables until about noon, but there was no line and only about 30 folks visible going up. I wore my “Mr Half Dome” shirt and met a lot of blog readers. Hi guys! I even ran into Katie, who I transferred 2 permits to earlier. If you do bring along extra permits, try to give them to people who look prepared for the hike. A clue is to check their footwear and water supply. So far in 2011 we’ve had no accidents. Don’t let yahoos ruin it.
A tip to readers of my book (which really should be ALL of you) – the Little Spring described on pg 86 has a photo of how to find it. The heavy snow took down the decaying tree on the right, so keep your eyes out for it. Just use the reference photo sans the right tree. I’ll fix this in the second edition due for release in Spring 2012.
At 6 pm traffic in the East Valley came to a standstill. I was hoping to drive over to Housekeeping for some chow with friends, but word was an accident mucked things up. I was going to congratulate my buddies, Pat and Eddie who bushwacked their way up to The Diving Board at the west end of Half Dome. This is the pace I tried to get to last year, but gave up at noon. The Diving Board is where Ansel Adams took his famous shots of Half Dome’s face. It’s still on my list and my try it with the boys next year. It is a very hairy trek that goes beyond Snake Dike, a climbing route. A tip of the hat to them both! A shout out to Ellie and Hanna for their first ascent to the top of HD – at 12 years old!
This morning at 10 am I caught up with Todd G. who got in line for Little Yosemite Valley Wilderness permits at 3:30 am. No typo there. And he was NOT the first in line. I cannot advise you on what to do, but Todd did not want to miss out. There are 12 permits available for walk-up at 11 am the day before your night stay.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com