Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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The next few weeks should continue see heavy spray at the Mist Trail. On my July 4th Expedition, it was one of the worst this writer has ever seen. After you pass through the granite arch about half way, it gets even worse. Heavy winds will soak you. Hear me now and listen to me later. If you take no precautions you will get wet to your jockey shorts. Here’s what savvy hikers do to say dry (kinda).
1. Get a cheapo poncho from a local surplus store, drug store or outfitter. I’m talking spending no more than $1.29 for a thin Taiwan crafted cover.
2. When you put it over your head, attach the hood to your cap with at binder clip. Ditto on the lower sides to or pants. This will keep the wind from billowing the poncho over your head.
3. Bring 2 produce bags and 2 rubber bands. WRAP them around the tops of your boots and secure. This will keep water from running inside your boots.
Bingo. It will work for the 20 minutes you are in the spray. When you get to the top, shake it all out and jam it into your pack. Keep it if there is a threat of rain later. If not you can offer the rig to others who are coming down after their sunrise hike.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I need to laugh and when the sun is out, I’ve got something I can laugh about. I feel good – In a special way, I’m in love and it’s a sunny day.
Good day sunshine. Good day sunshine.” – The Beatles
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com