Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Get or Give permits<HERE>
Here are a few reports from blog readers who have recently done the Half Dome hike. Fun to learn from them.
1. My son and I had a great climb. The best advice in your book was to leave early. We left Curry Village by headlamp at about 3 am. It was nice and cool hiking before sunrise. Nevada Fall by moon light was spectacular. We were at the cables at about 8:30 am and there were only a few people there. We stayed on top about an hour and it was already starting to get crowded on the way down the cables at about 10:15 am. We climbed on a Wednesday so we didn’t need a permit. I was surprised by the large number of people going up late as we were coming down; many of them with little water; jeans; sneakers etc.
2. The permit system must be doing what they want…There was no line at the bottom of the cables at noon as we were coming down. Maybe ten people at most coming up. I figured we’d pass at least a hundred coming up the trail to the sub-dome; but it was more like fifty. We were just done setting up our tent 20 minutes or so at the Little Yosemite Valley campground when we heard a great commotion two sites over with three guys yelling very loudly and chasing a bear that weighed maybe 300 LBS. What was crazy was that we expected many more over the next two days and only saw the next bear that weighed maybe 500 LBS. moving through the campground about 30 minutes before we heading back down on Sunday morning around 8:30. A ranger with a shotgun ran past me and jumped over a log and chased the bear out of the campground. We heard a gunshot about three minutes later and figure he gave it the “beanbag” treatment.
3. And this report relayed frm our Hamburg office.
Today I like to report that my good neighbor Frank G. and his son Hendrik (12 years) successfully made it to the top of Half Dome the end of July, As a “warm up” the whole family of four hiked the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point to Curry Village the day before. Frank and his wife Andrea made their first summit 17 years ago – then with considerable less crowds at the cables. Frank is also reporting that the Fish Tacos at the Whoa Nellie Deli are still very tasty – so make sure to try one of chef Matt Toomey’s dishes when your way leads you across the Tioga Pass to Lee Vining. I’ve never had better food at a gas station. On a personal note: I like to give a big “thank you” to Frank and his family for the constant flow of “field reports” and pictures as they know how much we miss the US. – SK Hamburg
Did anyone watch the Perseid’s Meteor shower? Peak will be going for a tad longer. Wear a helmet; they gotta land somewhere!
Accident Report – On August 5, at Bridalveil Fall, a 16-year-old boy fell 40 feet and was unconscious in one of th pools below the fall . A helicopter had to hover in the spray and medic Keith Lober, dangling from a 150-foot short-haul line, down to the site. The boy was flown out to the trauma center at Memorial Hospital in Modesto, where he was treated for his life-threatening injuries.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Solvitur ambulando: To solve a problem, walk around.” – St. Jerome
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com