Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
If you are not living in California you are probably getting tired of us rejoicing in our winter weather. Record highs were set this weekend and we had a tough decision – wash the car, go to the beach or go hiking. I did the latter with 4 of my Hiking 101 students. We did the 5 mile hike up Fremont’s Mission Peak in about 4 hours round trip. We got about 2,000 ft vertical in. The only bummer was the high winds up top. Even our hiking poles were blown off course. It was so clear we could easily make out San Francisco – why I believe we could even see Russia!
Stan is one fellow who is working out early to get in shape for his second Half Dome summit trip. His first was in 1990 – same as my first. He tells me he is convinced that using poles really help out both on the uphills and especially downhill. So I ask you – what are you doing to get/keep in shape for Half Dome in 2011? Hear me now and listen to me later: Get your accommodations NOW. That’s the hardest part of the hike. We’re 3 weeks away from the March 1 on-line scramble for Half Dome permits. Mark your day-timer NOW so you don’t miss it. I’ll be back as we get closer with tips on how to secure a ticket.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The longer we look the greater the scenes appear.” Professor O.S. Fowler, Boston MA, 1875
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com