Earth Survives Another Day

Earth Day is a relatively new event. The intent is to show a bit of respect for the planet that seems to be the only place we have to hang out until Mars opens for business. I did a hike up Mission Peak in Fremont with sister. She is mentioned in my book as the one who spurred me on to doing the Half Dome hike in 1990. She had been up twice before with a hard-core Yosemite guy. I had seen her photos of the cables earlier and said “no way – too scary.” Well, 31 times later I’m still at it. Our hike was about 5 hours RT.

As part of National Trails Day, I’m sponsoring a hike up Mission Peak in Fremont for anyone who wants on June 2. Save the Date. The American Hiking Society will  list my hike. Everyone is invited and it will be a pre-Half Dome theme. I’m thinking a 9 am start – hike the 1500 vertical feet in 3+ hours RT then back to the Ohlone Deli for a fellowship lunch. More info. 

I recently got interviewed by Backpacker magazine for the June issue. If you join the American Hiking Society you get a free subscription to Backpacker. It has a ton of good info.

The Head of our European Group, Sonke K., has continued his US Expedition, today having traveled to the greater Bishop, CA area to seek out traces of American Indians and neat formations. This photo is Lone Pine Peak framed by Mobius Arch.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: Let me take you down, ‘cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields. Nothing is real. And nothing to get hung about: Strawberry Fields forever.” – The Beatles

 *MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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4 Responses to Earth Survives Another Day

  1. Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

    I’ll see if I can get REI Fremont to sponsor. Can you come down?

    • Maureen L says:

      hi, Rick,

      Your participation in National Trails Day in any way is welcome!

      Trail work events is the way I learned about National Trails Day, so it’s what I think the day is about, but just getting people out there is a great way to celebrate it.

      These trail events get planned way in advance, so start thinking about next year.

      Unlike most Yosemite Trails, where the trail work involves rock work, in the SF Bay Area we move a lot of dirt around. It’s much easier in the spring than in mid to late summer.

      Last year, National Trails Day events in the Bay Area got postponed to massive rains on the first weekend of June.

      • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

        I’m talking to REI Fremont about possible involvement…and the Ohlone Deli for discounted grub after the hike.

  2. Maureen L says:

    National Trails Day

    Hiking on the first Saturday in June is great; giving back on National Trails Day is even better, IMO.

    I hope that many of you are considering turning out for National Trails Day trail maintenance and improvement events in your favorite local hiking locations.

    Often, there’s free lunch and little give-aways (I have way too many REI “carabiner” key rings), and raffles, thanks to sponsors. At events sponsored by REI, one gets an REI volunteer “shirt of the year,” which they distribute at a range of trail and clean-up events. And a 20% off one REI item coupon.

    After a few years of “get dirty” for the environment REI shirts, and shirts featuring the planet, last year’s had the slogan “I love being part of the solution.”

    As Morris Older of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the folks from the East Bay Regional Parks district Ivan Dickson Trail Maintenance Program say, “You’ll never look at a trail the same way again” after helping build one or repair one. You get to know Pulaski and McLeod, and a great workout is guaranteed.

    Plus the gals and guys who come out for these things, from teens to octagenarians, are usually pretty neat, and often have great info about new hikes!

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