Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Back in May of this year I gave my Half Dome presentation to an attentive group of Boy Scouts in Pasadena, CA – yes, THAT Pasadena. They had picked Half Dome as their major outing for the summer of 2009 and were anxious to learn about it and train to do it safely. Their plan was to do the 2-day version. They stayed at Little Yosemite Valley August 11 and completed the hike the next day. With a dose of In-and-Out burger juice flowing in their veins, the gang of 13 headed out early to have the cables with minimal other people competing for real estate. Their hike up Sub Dome convinced the doubting – this is a hard hike. On the top they posed proudly with their troop flag.
In typical Boy Scout fashion they were well prepared for hike and now earn the right to wear the “I made it to the top” T-Shirt (See my website – hint hint.) A tip of the hat to these boys and their Adult Leaders. Nate Clark, Steve Clark, Nicky Dechant, Tom Dechant, Dwight Equitz, Jared Equitz, Patrick Flinner, Ben Hynes, Jeff Hynes, Markus Liepins, Brandon Nahigian, Nick Stalick, Ted Stalick. Is Mt. Whitney next??
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” – John Muir
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com