Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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June 24, 2010 – Yosemite National Park, CA. This correspondence is being transmitted via wireless connection from zip code 95389 to the Western World and ships at sea. The author’s twenty-sixth summit of the signature landmark of Yosemite was accomplished at 10:47 am Pacific Daylight Time yesterday. Cries of “Mr. Half Dome” rang out from the throng gathered as witnesses. It was truly a spectacle to behold. And now the news:
Wednesday was a “non-permit” day for hiking Half Dome. The crowds were acceptable and my group stayed up until about noon. By 1 pm there was a solid mass on the cables, but no line formed at the base. The caterpillar up the cables was bottled-necked by a notable number of people going up the cables using harnesses (most home-made) and straps/caribeeners. The weather was spectacular – only about 80 degrees up top. A large snow field covered the north portion of the dome.
For users of the internet, the Curry Village Lounge connection is bandwidth limited and you will sit a long time trying to connect to “dlink” People who use skype clog the system. At the Ahwahnee, they have transitioned to a service provided by SolutionIP. In the past, you could just sit down and connect. They have tightened up the ship. Now you have to get a password when you check in. So if you have $439 to stay there, you will be blessed with free access. If not, you’ll have to pay at the Yosemite Lodge or keep trying at Curry.
The scoping periled for the Half Dome Stewardship Plan ends June 25. Get your comments in chop-chop. Here is the link to comment. <HERE> Only YOU can prevent forest fires.
I have a lot of info to share so keep the dial tuned here.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Yosemite was all one glorious flower garden before plows and scythes and trampling, biting horses came to make its wide open spaces look like farmer’s pastures fields.” – John Muir 1912
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com