Most of us feel real winded going the 4800 feet from Yosemite Valley to the top of Half Dome. Huff and Puff. I have a technique of exhaling as if I’m blowing out a candle. Step by step. Huff and puff. The top of Half Dome is really not high enough to have altitude sickness, but the air does have less oxygen. If you’ve done the hike, you know how your lungs burn.
The Fresno Bee reports that Clovis (Central Valley) resident Amanda Moretto stood on the top of Half Dome on Sunday. What’s the big deal? Well, a year ago she had a double lung transplant. As in 2 new lungs – out with the bad, in with the new.
She went up with her family. Poppa Roger led the way. He’s done it 20 times. Like all of us, she said the cable climb was the hardest. She finished in a respectable 14-hours. Wow.
Amanda has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that hampers lung and digestive function. She is now 25 and typical life expectancy is 40. She went to the Stanford University Medical Center. Her doctors said the hike would be OK if she trained and built up the capacity of her new lungs. She did.
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Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com