Today we feature a guest blog by Andy P. also of San Jose-by-the-sea. Andy’s a regular blog reader, advisor, commenter and a Half Dome lover. I think it’s fun for readers to experience the hike through another’s eyes. He did it June 27 with 2 others and enjoyed a stellar day.
“We were on the trail by 6:15 am. We grunted up the Mist Trail and enjoyed Vernal Fall without having to poncho up. It still looks amazing even running at a lower rate. A quick stop at Vernal Fall and then pretty much humped it all the way to the Little Spring to pump water and eat a little.
The check point was next and my friend proudly displayed his rare and precious permit. We were off up the Sub Dome. When we arrived at 10:15 there were only about 4 people on the cables. After taking a short break at the base of the cables we headed on up. Once on top we just hung out for a couple hours and watched people come on up. My friend set up his ham radio set up to make contact with alien beings I guess. It was pretty entertaining watching people trying to figure out what this guy was doing.
By the time we headed down the cables were a little more crowded. I think it took longer to get down than go up. After making a stop at the Little Spring again we made our way back via the Mist Trail. It was a beautiful day with perfect weather. It just never gets old.
A few observations:
1) The restrooms at the Happy Isle trailhead were embarrassingly dirty. C’mon Park Service, the world comes to this trailhead. It’s not that hard.
2) The Rangers at Checkpoint Charlie were “questioning” hikers who were coming down the Sub Dome early. Someone said they were issuing tickets if people didn’t have a permit. I’m not sure how they can do that since they have no proof they went up via the Sub Dome.
3) Pizza and beer at the Yosemite View Lodge is the only way to go after this hike.”
Editor notes: 1. The only way to get up and down Sub Dome is by passing the Ranger. True, you could dangerously scramble around, but if caught you will get no breaks. Remember, they are sworn law enforcement officers….with guns! 2. I can’t imagine why Marty would haul up his heavy antenna and radio gear. Seems you could have just driven to Glacier Point and walked up Sentinel Dome. 3. No aliens were contacted nor hurt during this hike, but keep watching the skies.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Is There Anybody Out There?” – Pink Floyd
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com