Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
In the Half Dome bible … er, my book, I talk about how to get thru the Mist Trail semi-dry. Here’s a visual to help explain things. That’s my bro modeling the outfit. What we have is a $.99 cent Surplus store flimsy cheapie Taiwan issue rain poncho. They pack real small – like as thick as 8 index cards. Next are the “produce bag” gaiters. Go to your local grocery store and get 2 of their FREE produce bags. Take them and jam into your poncho wrapper along with 2 rubber bands. During May and June (and some years early July) the Mist Trailwill be spraying a shower of water on the trail. About half-way up the lower Mist Trail above the Vernal Fall bridge, you need to reassess if you will need this outfit. Some days the winds cooperate and you are OK without protection. But some days you will get drenched. Wrap the produce bag gaiters around the tops of your boots and secure with the rubber band. This will keep water from running into your boots. The poncho will keep you mostly dry. Another trick is to bring a jumbo paper clip to affix the poncho hood to the bill of your hat. When yo get to the top, you can often give your outfit to a hiker coming down.Or smash it allup and stick it back in your bag in case of an afternoon thunderstorm.
Related thought worth quoting: “Here we come. Walking down the street. We get the funniest looks from everyone we meet. Hey, hey we’re the Monkees and people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing, to put anybody down.” – The Monkees theme song.
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com
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