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Anyone get a Half Dome permit for 2017 yet?

We don’t need no stinking permits!!  YES, on Half Dome you do!

Blazing Saddles

Apologies to Blazing Saddles

Let us know if you won one. The falls are jamming now and will continue long into this summer.

If you got zapped, consider getting my video “How to improve your odds for getting a permit”…too late now for the March Lottery….award notification any day now. But you can try the 2-day mini lottery done all summer. Same tactics apply.

$5.00 for all the smarts you need.  Send me a comment.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There’s nothing in the streets. looks any different to me. And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye. And the parting on the left; are now parting on the right. And the beards have all grown longer overnight.
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BULLETIN – Royal Robbins died today – the first man up the face of Half Dome

Royal Robbins in his climbing days

Royal Robbins died today at 82. He was the first man up the face of Half Dome. A super guy – the Babe Ruth of Climbing… and approachable. I filmed an interview at his home in Modesto for a Half Dome app I made. He wrote the forward to my Half Dome book. RIP.

I’ll be at his funeral…as will hundreds of other Yosemite lovers. The world needs more Royals.   Condolences to his wife, Liz.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
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Wolverines as search and rescue “dogs”: good idea for YOSAR?

large wolvering

The wolverine is an aggressive hunter

Here’s a story that is very different.  How about training wolverines to perform search and rescue?

Wolverines?   What are they? Wikipedia sez:

It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine, a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.

Mustelids??   Whatever.  So are we are going to trust them to help people in distress? Read on.

I saw this article in Outside magazine. Oh, I get it free by trading in American Airlines miles for magazines. I only had 8,000 miles – so I’d never get a free trip and before they expired. AA is clearing their books. I guess. Why not just let them expire?

Anyway, there is a man in Anchorage who takes captive-raised wolverines and trains them. They can smell things (like dinner 20 feet below the snow).Why not sniff out people? From birth they are subjected to “operant conditioning“…do and get a reward. Just like our Yorkie!

A downside: when they mark their territory, they let out a pungent …

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