Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Climbing up NorCal’s Mt Shasta is a logical “next adventure” for many Domers. It’s just below Mt. Whitney at 14,100 feet. Nothing to sneeze at. Even John Muir got to the top! Last week, A 56-year old woman from Santa Clara died on the mountain. Reports say that she was hit by a rolling rock big enough to knock her down, crack some ribs and the trauma caused her to die from cardiac arrest an hour later at 11,000 feet. Judging from a early morning newspaper photo I’d guess her party (with 2 guides) was on Avalanche Gulch.
It’s called that just for this reason. When the temps warm up the snow can’t hold rocks and they tumble down. It’s the most common “do-able” route for us mortals. She was well outfitted and had a helmet, but I have heard of Volkswagen sized boulders that have careened down. Make’s you feel like a bowling pin at the end of the alley. It so high that even on a hot summer day, it can create it’s own weather. My first time was an abort due to blowing snow and viz of about 40 feet – in June!! The second time I hired a guide service and it was stellar. If you plan to do this I suggest you hire a pro – not that that will prevent accidents, but you have a better chance of summiting. It’s hard and COLD…and you sweat under your down parka. Not like the shorts and shirt days at Half Dome. You need winter training – ice axes, crampons, self-arrest skills, etc. They also use the human waste disposal system. And yes, you need a permit. One of the best sources of info and leads to guides is The Fifth Season store in Shasta City click <HERE>.
Local guide companies are: Shasta Mountain Guides: 530.926.3117, www.shastaguides.com; Sierra Wilderness Seminars: 888.797.6867, www.swsmtns.com; Alpine Skills International: 530.582.9170, www.alpineskills.com
Closer to home, last week also, a woman climber from Stanford was free soling on Cathedral Peak when she fell 300 feet to her death. Hike Safe!
I got an Apple MAC Book to use for photo and video editing. I looked at this blog. Then a Google Ad popped in. Hmmm I DO NOT use Google ads. Anyone else see this renegade?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution, take a bow for the new revolution. Smile and grin at the change all around me – Pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday. And I’ll get on my knees and pray . . . We don’t get fooled again.” – The Who
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com