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Yosemite’s Half Dome – the common person’s “Mt Everest?”

I often call the Half Dome hike “Our Mt Everest.”  99.99% of us will never think of climbing the Big Boy.  29,000 feet.   Shasta, yes. Whitney, yes…but that’s about it.  Maybe Rainier if you are real gutsy.

photo of Mt Whitney

Mt Whitney – a noble goal after Half Dome.

Did you know that at 19,000 ft your brain will suffer permanent damage? The peak of Half Dome is a hair less than 9,000.   Mt Whitney in CA is the highest we have in the lower 48…it’s 14.5K ft. Acceptable for most folks.

Related blog:  More on Mt Whitney

I’m not saying Half Dome is on par with Everest….just that it takes the same kind of dedication, training and motivation to do HD.

I love to follow the Everest climbers each May. That’s when the weather breaks enough for summits.  This year over 300 were in a long line to get up. Really.  More than the number of hikers allowed at Half Dome.  Really.

Now we hear that Nepal is prohibiting solo climbers. Seems there have been too many deaths of solitary climbers. 2017 was a record for the number of climbers. Overall, since 1920, 200 people have died on the climb.

This year …

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Rain coming to Yosemite – Be prepared in case of lightning

Weather folks are saying T-Storms are possible at the park. Don’t go near Half Dome!!

Here’s a great chart with advice on what to do…in case.  Click to enlarge.

Chart in case of lightning

Bottom line: Get off the mountain

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Lightning is striking again…..Lightning is striking again and again and again.” – Lou Christie
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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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