Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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First some Half dome chatter. I am seeing several folks now making extra permits available to readers of the blog. Once again, I approve all comments and do not post any buy/sell offers. The park does not allow the permits to be sold. Also, many are still NOT putting their contact info. I am a heck of a nice guy and I have been doing it for them – but it’s getting old. From now on, if you post a comment without a name and EMAIL address, good luck on anyone contacting you. Your email address IS NOT visible to readers when you post your comment. Snow is falling at the park – AGAIN – A May cable opening is fading.
Yesterday I was in Skagway. I was a bit tired from my 2 previous days hiking so I found a library and cleaned up my email basket. But I also went by a few stops to get info on the Chilkoot Trail hike. Folks, it’s Hard Core. In 1898, 30,000 miners hiked the 33 miles from Dyea (basically Skagway), over the pass and into Canada. They had to have 2,000 pounds of supplies to show the Mounties before they could enter then continue to Dawson. The last 2 miles of the route is an extreme uphill. Many did it up to 30 times to get their stuff to the border. The hike is only possible with a Canadian permit. 50 per day are given and word is it’s no problem. US Rangers check. Plan on 4 days. The best time to hike it is July. And bring a mosquito net. You have to coordinate airplane times, a hotel in Skagway, a shuttle to Dyea, then you have to predict what days you will be at the campsites. Then predict what day you will be out at Bennett and able to take the train back to Skagway. It only runs 3 days a week southbound. The hike is with everything you need for a 4-season trek. This is mountains – only about 6500 ft at the tops, but that long uphill is over boulders for about 2 miles. Try that with a 45-pound pack. No campfires so you have to cook food. Chances of heavy rain. Oh, and Brown Bears. Yes, they live here. The term brown bear is given to the larger Grizzly type bears that live near the rivers/ocean (they eat better and get bigger) – “grizzly” are the inland version. At Yosemite we had Grizzlies. Bear repellant spray is advised. Hmm, I dunno – a week in Maui sounds like a better idea.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Thoughts come clearly while one walks.” – Thomas Mann
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com