Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Sub Dome is that often overlooked hunk of granite right before the Half Dome cables. I’m one of the few professors who even talk about it. MANY hikers feel it is harder than the cables. Devil’s Staircase or the Knee Grinder are common slang names for it – with good reason. Going down is pretty scary. Nothing to hang on to, no railing and a 2-way route down narrow man-carved steps for 400 vertical feet. Me thinks if a person were going to fall, there would be a high probability of it on the descent down Sub Dome. As you can see in this photo, these women are using hiking poles to assist. CLICK TO ENLARGE
You become a 4-legged mountain goat and are able to keep your knees from exploding and your ligaments inside your skin. Get a pair for Christmas!!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com