Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I want to publically thank Ms. Echo Davenport of the Yosemite Planning group’s Project Management team for alerting me to the release of the public comments to the Half Dome Stewardship Plan. They are developing the “Final Solution” to what will happen with the cables. It will be cast in concrete in November 2011. I find their cover photo odd – since we are talking about the backside of Half Dome – not theface. Click to enlarge.
The purpose of the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan is to provide long-term management of the Half Dome route in a manner that is consistent with the Wilderness Act and the NPS Organic Act and that provides unimpeded travel conditions. “Unimpeded” up the cables? What if people freeze? This is a real hairball that the park got saddled with.
As part of the process, they did an outreach to the public in late spring of 2010 for our comments on the direction the plan should go. Did YOU send one in? Yes, I did. Of the 40,000 people who hiked Half Dome in 2010 – and the 50-80,000 annually in years past, only 96 comments (361 ideas) were received. So don’t complain when the final ink dries. My theme was for more education prior to a hike and the use of webinars to communicate info to the public. You can read all the comments <HERE>. I hope they will give us a status update at he Spring YC Forum March 25.
The Planning group has moved on to Alternative Development. I’ll try to keep you posted as to developments. Remember – one alternative is to take the cables down. That was a suggestion by someone from “Wilderness Watch.” Their self-proclaimed mission is: “to protect the lands and waters in the 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System.” Give your opinion – Park folks read this blog!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “How lavish is Nature: building, pulling down, creating destroying chasing every material particle from form to form, ever changing ever beautiful.” – John Muir, 1869
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com