Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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First off, sorry for the delayed broadcast. The Curry Village internet is flakey and the ATT man is trying to fix it. I’m at the park now until Tuesday. Hiked up to Glacier Point yesterday. With no Half Dome open, it’s a good 18 miles RT hike. The trail is fine. Just a bit of a brief drip-shower at the ice cut on the JMT near Nevada Fall, but no biggie. Illilouette Fall is roaring.
Some snow at the top but go for it until the Half Dome cables get up.
It’s Saturday morning and the park just does not feel jammed to me. A lot of parking spaces at Curry. Bears are out and about. As of mid-May, there were 27 bear incidents at the park, which cost folks over $9K total in damage/loss.
Yesterday a rockfall occurred off of Hal Dome near Mirror Lake. No further details.
Thanks to SK of our International Bureau for this info from the NPS website:
The Half Dome Cables are not expected to be put up during the week of June 6 because there is a substantial snowfield on the Sub Dome. This steep snowfield can make access to the Half Dome cables hazardous for both trail crews and the general public. Slipping or losing one’s footing on this snow could result in a long fall with the potential for serious injuries. A trail crew will be stationed in the area starting June 6 and will be able to make frequent assessments of the trail and put the cables in place for the season as soon as conditions allow. The NPS will continue to provide weekly updates on the Half Dome Trail conditions and provide an expected date for placement of the cables, when known.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Your body is built for walking.” – Gary Yanker
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com