Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Station K-D-O-M is back at Carpe Diem Experience corporate headquarters in San Jose, CA broadcasting at full authorized power.
A bit jet lagged from the flight from Athens but alert and ready to hit the keyboard. The first thing I notice is the crummy weather. Gee, I go away for a while and you still haven’t gotten the snow to stop?? I hear that Squaw Valley will be open this weekend for skiing. The Yosemite weather report is stuck for the weekend at: Rain and snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Snow level 5000 feet. The Park Conditions link tells me: The Half Dome cables will not be in place over the May 28-31 permit period. With no hint as to when – but they really don’t know. Then I open my stack of mail and find a gob of Half Dome cables passes – but they are useless due to the snow. The sad part is I gave them away at my talks to folks who now won’t be able to go. The only bright side is that a minor heat wave will arrive next week. I never plan an HD trip before June … let’s remember the spring of ’10 for next year’s planning. Despite the “NO Half Dome” state of affairs, the park will still be jammed. If you go, do some of the other neat hikes. And bring tire chains!!
A week ago a climber on El Capitan fell 65 feet, sustained head and chest injuries, and was unconscious. It happened on a prominent feature on the route known as the El Cap Spire, located about 1,600 feet above Yosemite Valley. He was helicoptered to Doctors Medical Center of Modesto.
Product alert – My favorite hiking boots are the Vasque Breeze GTX. Awesome shoes.. Mel Cotton’s of San Jose is selling them for $99 this weekend. Usually $140!!!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’m back in the saddle again. Out where a friend is a friend, where the longhorn cattle feed on the lowly gypsum weed, I’m back in the saddle again,” Gene Autrey
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com