Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
First off – to my longtime readers: I am going to be bringing important “old” topics up from time to time. We get a lot of newbies and I want to stress certain things about the Half Dome hike. So don’t think I’m lazy and am recycling information. I try to embellish stuff so that it is fresh and relevant so you can enjoy your visits here.
OK, that said, today we talk about a very very important subject – gloves on the cables. Meaning bring your own gloves and don’t rely on the pile of discarded moldy rags at the base. They are trash. You will be pulling yourself up a 600+ ft length of cable. Often with your upper body since you are teetering at 45 degrees. That’s when it’s hard to involve your legs. Some days the cable is pretty warm. Some days it is really cold. If you are sliding your hands you risk getting a jim-dandy blister. I have for eons used bicycle gloves. These are perfect to use with my hiking poles (so I don’t get a blister in the crotch of the palm) and for the cables. Some folks don’t like them – so I also have suggested full-fingered rubber coated tight gloves. Today I offer yet another solution. I visited Western Marine supply in San Carlos Saturday and picked up a pair of sailor’s gloves. They look just like bike gloves but are designed for continued pulling on the ropes that hoist sails.
They are called Sticky Race Gloves by Ronstan. About $30. The have synthetic leather on the palms and fingers with double thickness material. They are also mesh for coolness and provide “extra rope gripping power”. Sounds good to me. I will try them on #26 – June 23. If interested visit a store near you or ask for “The Admiral” at the San Carlos store – it’s right behind the REI store. He’ll set you straight.
So I am now booked for Feb 19 and 20 at Curry in a heated tent cabin for the Horsetail Fall photo attempt. Turns out the rate is $29 a night for a heated one. The “Signature” model comes with a 110v outlet and insulated canvas. They were used by employees in the past. Curry is closed except weekends so that’s why I am there then. Turns out I qualified for the “heated upgrade” just because I had stayed at Curry before. Call them at 8012-559-491, be clever and you may get the same deal.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Woke up this morning with a wine glass in my hand. Whose wine, what wine, where the hell did I dine? Must have been a dream I don’t believe where I’ve been. Come on – you wanna do it again? Do you, you feel like I do? Do you, you feel like I do?” – Peter Frampton
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.