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National Holiday declared – George Anderson Oct 12, 1875 summit of Half Dome

George Anderson by tree alone 2 ps

3 pm TODAY!

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music´- Three Dog Night
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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George Anderson hike remembers the first man up Half Dome

George  Anderson with he first people up his rope to the top of Half Dome

George Anderson with the first people up his rope to the top of Half Dome

George Anderson scurried up the back side of Half Dome on Oct 12, 1875. His goal was to charge tourists to get up to the top, then build a staircase, then build a big hotel near Half Dome.

Well, he reached part of his goals.

Being a Half Dome / Yosemite Groupie, I love the history of the park. Anderson was the Neil Armstrong of his time.  So, this weekend we took a little time to pay homage to the man that made it possible for us to enjoy this great hike.

Mission Peak in Fremont is my favorite Half Dome training site, so that’s where we went.

In an annual ritual I thought of a couple years ago, we did the 4 hour RT hike today. A surprise cloud cover filled the San Francisco Bay area.  It was not too chilly but real humid walking in the clouds.trail 5

Thanks George!!

The park has nil recognition of his feat. You will find NO mention of it in the Visitor Center. He’s  not on the wall of fame recognizing significant people at the park. Nada. Even …

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George Anderson Day hike Sat Oct 10 – Mission Peak – Details

George Anderson was the first human (no Indians did it) to ascend to the top of Half Dome. He did this on October 12, 1875.

Mission Peak

Mission Peak, Fremont

We will be celebrating George Anderson Day this Saturday, Oct 10. Please take a little time and join us for a hike to the top of Mission Peak in Fremont, in his memory.  We’ll talk about his many accomplishments as we trundle about 2,000 ft up. We depart the Ohlone Deli at 9:01 am. Point your GPS to 43625 Mission Blvd, Fremont 94539.  It’s a good 3+ hr RT.  Lunch follows.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting:  Oh say, can you see it’s really such a mess
Every inch of Earth is a fighting nest. Giant pencil and lipstick tube shaped things,continue to rain and cause screaming pain.” –
Jimi Henddrix
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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