Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I know we are a good 6 months away from Half Dome hiking season, so the risk is that yall might forget some of these sage words. This one is a safety issue. On my July 5 hike, I started down the cables at the very top where is it pretty putzy. Look at this photo.
There are several cut off pipes that stick up only about 2 inches from the rock. My guess is these were used in previous incantations of the cable system. The cables erected in 1919 have been replaced in 1934 and 1984. The multi-stranded steel cable has been replaced twice and I bet they decided to replace some of the poles and had trouble yanking them out, so they just cut them off. Be careful. I stepped on this one and when I put my weight on it my right foot wobbled and twisted my ankle big time. I thought I heard a soft crunch. Even with high-top boots, it got sprained. If I had low cuts it could have been much worse. I blogged about it around July 7 so you can page back if you want to see a swelled up black and blue appendage. Anyway, make a mental note – watch out for the stubs!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Real happiness comes from inside. Nobody can give it to you.” – Sharon Stone
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com