Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Dinner at Yosemite
After your massive Half Dome hike you will be famished when you finally get back to Curry Village. After a quick shower, crawl over to the village to eat dinner. But where? And when do they close? Clip and save this blog. The buffet serves dinner until 8 pm. Just behind the bar is the kinda secret grill that is open until 9 pm. You can snag a decent burger in about 10 minutes. The favorite of many is the Pizza Deck. They close at 10 pm so for you s l o w hikers this one is your last hope. The lines are very long but the pizza is very good. If you get back real early you can dress up for the Ahwahnee dining room. It closes at 9 pm – with “appropriate” attire. If you have a ton of time take the free shuttle bus to the Yosemite Lodge complex. The Mountain Room is first class and closes at 9 pm. They do take reservations at 209-372-1274. Degnan’s Loft is open until 9 also for quick pizza. Oh, on your way back towards Curry, the Happy Isles Snack Stand is open unitl 7. Beyond that you might be dining on Power Bars and trail mix!
Bear bites man at the other Y park
A solo hiker at Yellowstone was bitten by a female grizzly bear on Friday. Although he was carrying bear spray, he was unable to get it out before the bear attacked. Duh. He sustained bites to his leg and arm before the bear grabbed his foot, shook him, released him, and left the area. He later found help. The record at our Y park is still intact. No one has ever been killed by a bear at Yosemite. A word of advice to your backpackers.There have been bear incidents well near sub dome as bears get into packs that are “hidden” by people.
Call for ideas
I am now writing the second edition of “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome.” Release target is spring of 2012. I have amassed a ton of additional info but if there is anything you want me to include, holler. I have had requests for more emphasis on upper body training and tips on how to find the top of sub dome once the steps run out. I plan to put the GPS coordinates for the Points of Interest.
Half Dome incline
On my last hike I used a friend’s iPhone with a clinometer app to measure the incline of Half Dome’ under the cables. I put it on the rock just above the pipes at many places. The glare was too much to deal with so I only got about 5 readings. Then my digital recorder died, so I have no real record of the numbers. But I was surprised to see reading of well over 53 degrees. I will bring my mechanical device when I go up August 25. And I bought a new recorder.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Hello? Hello? Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home?” – Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com