Half Dome – Yosemite Musing 

When you do your Half Dome hike, life is much easier if you have a checklist. I included one that I recommend in the award worthy book, “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome.” I had to because I forgot to pack my boots on one expedition to the park. If you a SF Bay Area resident, you know how bad traffic is on 580 near Livermore. I was doing a trip with my sister and her family and we were on 580 heading east about 1 pm on a Friday. Clogged traffic! I went over my gear in my head and – yikes – I forgot to bring my boots. How do you tell you little sister that Mr. Half Dome forgot his boots? To drive back to San Jose would have been a disaster, so we pulled into Sunrise Mountain Sports nearby. She allowed me maybe 10 minutes buy a pair. We hadn’t eaten lunch and her kids were growling. I got nice pair of Asolo’s for $135 and off we went. They were great going up Half Dome but it turned out they were to small for the downhill trek so I walked with curled toes to keep from banging the ends. Since that trip I created and use used a written checklist. I have since expanded my personal checklist; I suggest you do the same. Write it down. Life is much more mellow. Packing my 50 pound limit for my current was a piece of cake since I now also have a checklist for that. I need to revise it because I missed packing my tuxedo accessories. (Yes, we have 3 formal nights.) Well, I did not pack my bow tie, cummerbund, studs and cuff links. I was able to buy a black bow tie, but am doing without the other trinkets and am (seriously) using scotch tape to hold my cuffs together. This Mr. Half Dome gig does not pay well! Anyway, write out your checklist and use it. Oh, my hiking boots were found under a car in the garage back home.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “What a wonderful life.” – Louis Armstrong
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. mrhalfdome says:

    Kathy lives in Sonora….just down the road from Yosemite so she is tied into the conditions pretty well. Thanks Kathy!!

  2. kathy says:

    Weather forcast for the area (Sierra Foothills) is nice now, cooling down about 20 degrees again on Monday – some mention of rain, but no mention of snow, so hopefully there is no more coming. I would hope that 4 weeks from now you should be good to go. Enjoy.

  3. Laurie says:

    Love Sunrise Mountain Sports!! Will be stopping there tomorrow for sock liners, anti-friction goo and a headlamp. Making the ascent 4 weeks from today! Of course I’m starting to get concerned about the snow up there!

  4. Dean says:

    Not sure if this has been mentioned already Rick but I urge everyone to have their say here as soon as possible…

    I’m pleased to say that comments from international visitors are accepted so I’ve added my tuppence.


    • mrhalfdome says:


      I really appreciate this. I wll digest and blog on it next. I am concerned that the park did not inform me directly to help get the word out. Busy dodging Somali piraqte now…

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