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REAL BIG. For those that are new to the Wonderful World of Yosemite – welcome.
El Cap is the largest exposed piece of granite on planet earth. Bigger than those monsters you see in Norway. It is unbroken – a giant ancient magma Pluton that cooled and hardened under intense pressure while it was under miles of dirt thousands of years ago. It turned into granite. With erosion, the rock was cut by Glacier action and sits overlooking the 3,000 ft valley.
The Ahwahneechee natives called it “The Chief” – aka The Captain (white man’s term. While Half Dome is the signature landmark of the park, El Cap is the world climbing mecca. At 3,000 feet above the meadow, it has been a target for men and women for decades.
Listen – I am NOT a climber and do not want to be perceived as a poser……I do admire them. I can’t do what they do. My passion is Half Dome.
It used to take DAYS to get to the top. Using pitons, anchors, ropes and grit. They hauled up 70-pound bags full of their stuff. Everything that goes up…has to come …
If you are heading to Yosemite from the east in the next few weeks, you will have a hard time. ALL the major passes are still closed. CalTrans is working to clear the record snows, but it may not be unitl mid-June or even July until the passes are open.
Tioga Pass is being worked, but you’ll probably need to get on I-80 and go thru Sacramento and down 99 to 120 and go east into the park. This is a L O N G trip. You will get to meet a lot of your friends whilst waiting in long lines to get into the park. Remember that the Big Oak Flat Road is still gnarled and slow going.
Check out this YouTube on the plowing of passes.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Gotta make a move to a town that’s right for me. Town to keep me movin’ – Keep me groovin’ with some energy. Well, I talk about it, talk about it, Talk about it….Talk about movin…Won’t you take me to Funkytown” – Lipps, Inc.
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome…
B U L L E T I N
Target date for the Half Dome cables being up and ready for hikers is June 2.
If you had a permit for an earlier date – you will be refunded….but if you still want to go – you have to apply for the 2-day mini-lottery. Do it on May 31 – ask for June 2. My TIPS seminar applies to the mini-lottery as well. PM me on how to get it.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “And they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa. They’re coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa. To the funny farm,
where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men
in their clean white coats, and they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa” –
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome