Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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The weekend is here. If you are not hiking Half Dome, you might want to scope out a related movie. There is one just out called “The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest.” It documents Conrad Anker’s 1999 discovery of Edward Mallory’s body near the top of Mt Everest. There is a strong theory that he made it to the top in June 1924, before Sir Edmund Hillary. His body has been lost in the extreme conditions up there and when it was found it did not have the camera that would have been proof. It also did not have the photo of his wife that he promised to put on the apex. Hmmm, is it there under piles of snow or maybe it blew away? In the reenactment, the Anker climb is documented with Liam Neeson being the only actor I heard of. Seems to be showing at Artsy Houses for now.
Another one coming this fall is the story of Aron Ralston. Remember him? He’s the man who was canyoneering and had a huge rock fall on his arm. Stuck 64 feet below the rim of a gorge, he was unable to move the rock to get out (no help anywhere) he literally cut off his arm with his pocket knife. The title is “127 hours” – the amount of time he spent thinking about all this. It opens Nov 5. By the way, he now wears a prosthetic device and is back out climbing. He takes an emergency locator device now.
Big sale at your local REI. Of note are the REI Nalgene bottles for 30% off. I recall when those bottles cost $4.50. Aslo Steripen Classic for $64.
Hey – you Survivor fans…the next season starts Sept 15 on Wednesdays this time. I’m hooked; seen every episode. I applied for #13 – China, along with 30,000 others. They didn’t call me. Sigh.
Keep hiking. Carpe Diem – Seize the Day.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com