As part of the Merced River Plan, the NPS is looking at ways to reduce the impact on the river from the Merced High Sierra Camp. I’ve stayed there and it is very nice. One thing I have not seen is a quantified “impact” on the river due to the camp. Like XXX tons of effluent dumped per week, or YYY pounds of litter that ends up in the river. No, just we need to look at doing things differently. That means a range from close the camp to limit permits to deliver supplies by helicopter to _________ . All this will be determined by June 2013.
My suggestion: Make it a tent cabin with a kitchen area kind of place. You gotta bring all your stuff. No prepared meals, no linen. And how about they hire young (or old) people to Sherpa the needed supplies up and let the mules go free range. Your thoughts? Voice them via the MRP worksheets <here>. By Nov 30 for it to do any good.
REI sale going on Nov 18 – 28. I got their sales brochure. I gotta tell you about my boot – the Vasque breeze on sale for $104. Usually $150 – really. I LOVE this boot for my hiking and Half Dome jaunts. Gee, I may buy a few spares at that price.
Medical minute: A trophy? Atrophy? A major award or my left leg shrinking. Wearing a brace for 3 weeks has caused me to lose a ton of muscle mass. Oh joy.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I got a muscle of love. Holy muscle of love. My heart’s a muscle of love. Holy muscle of love. I got a muscle of love. Must be a gift from above.” – Alice Cooper
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com