Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Most people like to brave the 16 mile round trip up Half Dome on their own or more likely in a group. I have found that some folks only plan to do this hike once and are very apprehensive about the whole ordeal. They want to go up in a guided fashion. Different strokes for different folks. There are many fine guide services that can arrange all the details. I am working with one of the best – Lasting Adventures, Inc.. They have been taking people all over Yosemite for over 15 years. As a Yosemite-approved guide company they hold all the required permits to lead trips. They employ several top notch outdoors men and women to lead guides through the back country as well as our favorite – up Half Dome. They carry the required First Aid pack, extra water, radio, etc. I often come along and provide color and play-by–play. I know a lot of the history and also talk about the geology we experience.
We did a trip with 6 women on Sept 11 last year. All did fine and we finished in 14 hours. If you’d like to come on a trip in 2011, see LastingAdventures.com They are a non-profit and offer trips at very competitive rates. I hope to join them on several trips this summer. We meet at the Curry Village buffet the night before the hike then set out at 5:30 am. We handle all the water treatment and provide encouragement, humor and a safe trip. When you sign up you’ll get a free copy of my Half Dome guide book, “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome.” Lasting Adventures has a great check list (NO tennis shoes) and they encourage trekking poles. We know the trail by heart. No worries – you get to summit and check off one from your “bucket list.” So review the website, pick a date, get a Curry Village tent cabin or campsite and get your permits. We will also be online March 1. Lasting Adventures will limit the size of the group to provide personal attention and a safe guide/hiker ratio.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The ultimate camping trip was the Lewis and Clark expedition.” – Dave Barry
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com