More on Drones at Yosemite | Landing on Half Dome next?

They have arrived. For $500 you can fly a 4-prop remote flying vehcle. Add a couple hundred for a GoPro camera and you too, can join the party. A high quality remote will let you fly the thing a darn good instance away.

Drones over Yosemite

Drones over Yosemite

You’ll get about 10 minutes of flight. They have made their stealth appearance at Yosemite. Footage of climbers, above tree-tops, down the Merced and general aerial footage of the park are on the internet.  It would be no problem to get on up to the top of Half Dome.

See for yourself in this YouTube

 What about your wilderness experience?  The park has banned them. They will be hard to catch, but I expect some decent fines.

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Drones are noisy with a high pitched whine. The noise can affect wildlife, especially nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls.

What’s YOUR opinion? 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea. Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me. I want to fly like an eagle, ‘til I’m free. – Steve Miller Band

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4 Responses to More on Drones at Yosemite | Landing on Half Dome next?

  1. Maureen L says:

    If you want to see Yosemite, go!

    I am OK with the webcams, because I don’t think they interfere with wildife. Ditto for the infrared night-photo camera traps.

    And I’m OK with professionally produced cinematography like the amazing helicopter shots of waterfalls close up in “The Spirit of Yosemite” and the new Ken Burns et al. Yosemite: A gathering of spirit.

    (By the way, they are both playing at the Valley Visitor Center Theate, in rotation, one starting on the hour and the other on the half hour (after a Yosemite Conservancy ad…I had to sit through the same ad twice to see both of them!)

    But when I hike to the top of Yosemite Falls or Half Dome, I don’t want to see drones!

    • I’m not talking webcams…but the Whiiiiizzzzzz of “toy” remotely piloted vehicles….small but a irritating. Next they will be buzzing deer and bears.

      • Phantom Menace says:

        I have a phantom “drone” (sounds scary!)

        I can understand why the park doesn’t want them in areas with lots people. They are dangerous and shouldn’t be dismissed as a plastic “toy”. But to ban them from the entire park seems absurd. I completely agree that some restrictions and regulations are needed.

        While it is true some jerk is going to try and run down a bear or a deer with his “drone” no quad copter operator worth his salt will bring his “drone” to the park or anywhere else to chase wildlife. Nor will they fly over crowds of people to spy on them. Everyone seems to want to lump the responsible pilots together with the irresponsible pilots.

        We will always have people doing dumb things they shouldn’t be doing. It’s not just the “drone” pilots either. Folks feed the wildlife, hikers leave their garbage everywhere,(perfect example: Dumbasses throwing their gloves in a pile at the base of the cables.)Harley riders reving up their motorcycle because their pretty sure everyone else thinks it sounds cool.

        As far as the noise is concerned I can put my Phantom in the air 40 feet above you and I guarantee you will not hear it. You will only really hear it landing and taking off if you happen to be within 20 feet of it. I don’t know how loud people think these things really are but most have no idea.

        It would be awesome to fly up the cable route and back down it. It would make for some really incredible footage. It definitely would not be a good idea while anyone was on the cables for obvious reasons. Unfortunately I could see some irresponsible jackass doing it and causing a catastrophe.

        As for privacy reasons I’m willing to bet that most pilots that want to fly their “drones” didn’t drive clear to Yosemite just see what your up to.

        • You make some good points. It’s usually the irresponsible ones who ruin it for the rest. For only $500 anyone can buy one….they spend way more for iPhone and service.

          It’s hard for the park to draw the line. Kinda like needing permits to hike HD at night. When would they put the line there? 9PM – 6AM? Then those without permits would push the envelop to do the hike if they didn’t get permits.

          I really think the Search and Rescue aspect neeeds to be exploited.

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