Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Yosemite is a mess – heavy snow and downed trees. The hamsters are spinning in their cages to run the generators. Not a good time to go. Read a Muir book instead.
First my tale of woe. I spoke at REI Brentwood last night. An hour and a quarter drive in heavy rain, overturned truck on 680 and huge puddles. Fine. This is the newest Bay Area REI and they have a sweet Community Room. Many of my talks are given in back warehouse areas. Had a nice group of anxious hikers. (20% off sale now.) The10 pm ride home was easy but I got a low tire pressure light. Crud. Had a screw in one tire but was able to pull into a Valero and change it using the tinker toy Honda kit under full lights. Whew – I could have gone flat on the freeway.
Each spring the Yosemite Trail Crew gets the green light from management to erect the pipes and 2×4 boards up the cable route. This is targeted for just before Memorial Day weekend. The HD trail needs to be clear enough for them to retrieve the 136 pipes and 68 2×4’s from their hidden storage area that they were placed in when the poles come down each October. They will not tell me where they are hidden. They do not want people messing with them.
They have to haul the material up to the saddle and then begin the assembly process. The pipes are put into the 4 -nch deep holes that were drilled in 1919. The top of the pipe has a screw-off lid.
That is removed and then the cable is lifted and inserted into the slot that was cut back when the world was in black and white. The lid is then screwed back on top. They need to be careful not to drop anything down, down, down. You can imagine how hard this must be. There are 68 pole sets that need to be placed. Then the 2 x 4 boards are strapped to the pipes.
I’ve wanted to film this, but the timing just hasn’t worked out. This blog is spurring me on to meet the trail crew and get more info. I need to put this into the Book’s second edition – now targeted for Spring 2012. We have to let the cables permit process settle.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Rainy day, dream away. Let the sun take a holiday. Flowers bathe and see the children play. Lay back and groove on a rainy day.” – Jimi Hendrix Experience
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com