Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Our North Bay bureau is at Yosemite now and phoned in this report from the top of Half Dome. Today is the last non-permit day of the week and sure enough, the cables were crowded before noon. An estimated 20 people in line at the base awaiting their turn. As is becoming routine, home-made harness wearers are slowing things down. We’ve talked about why these are very unsafe, but if it brings you peace of mind, go ahead. Just recognize that the single cable wrapped around your gut connected to a cord with a carabineer might actually garrote you (noose) as you bounce off the granite. If you want to use a harness, go to the Curry Mountaineering Store and buy a real one. It should be around both thighs and your waist with 2 shock cords. (A strip of nylon could snap when you instantly put about 150 pounds on it.). And you need 2 carabineers so you are protected while you move along the 68 poles sets. Since the fatal fall last year I have seen a spike in people with home-made harnesses and only a couple with the real McCoy. In my 20 years of Doming, this is a new phenomenon.
The waterfalls are hanging in there. The huge snowmelt is still pumping H2O over the edge. Skies are clear and nice at the park. Today finds Mr. HD down near Monterey. There is an Ansel Adams exhibit going on at the Monterey Museum of Art until October 1. Catch it if you are slumming around Carmel or Big Sur. Talk about micro climates! I left San Jose at 95 degrees – it’s in the mid 60’s here.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If your friends jumped off a cliff would you? Now eat your dinner.” – My mom
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com