Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
This past Saturday I participated in the Santa Clara Council Boy Scout “Pow Wow and University.” It’s an annual event held to instruct adult leaders and senior scouts on the skills that scouting is known for. There were about 200 people in attendance. Classes from rope tying to tee-pee construction were offered. I gave 3 classes on Hiking Half Dome. These one-hour sessions were well attended and several bought my book to continue their education. I offered to be available for follow up talks to the troops who are picking the Half Dome hike as a summer project. (Contact me – can do private sessions for your group.) This presentation was like preaching to the choir since scouts are well aware of water treatment, proper boots and leave no trace hiking. We drilled down on the ins and outs of doing the hike safely. Of course the photos of the cables drew gasps! Many have already snagged permits for Little Yosemite Valley this summer. I was not a Boy Scout as a kid, but I heartily support their program. With our youth spending an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes using “entertainment media” during a typical day (more than 53 hours a week) we are seeing soaring obesity rates among kids who should be outside playing. And because they spend so much of that time media-multitasking they actually manage to pack a total of 10 hours and 45 minutes worth of media content into those 7½ hours. TV, Wii, Xbox, Playstation, TV, cell phone, iPOD, s etc. You can read the entire Kaiser Family Foundation study <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” – O.A. Battista
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com