Half Dome – Yosemite Musings
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I’d like to announce my affiliation with Big Escapes in the development and production of applications (Apps) for the iPhone and other web enabled “smart” devices. We are building content for a Half Dome App that will include Preparation tips as well as GPS triggers to Points of Interest along the hike. We’ll have narration, video, olde tyme photos and text. We’ll emphasize vignettes of relevant information to make the hike more than just “The Bataan Death March.” I’ll keep you posted as things move along.
Big Escapes has just released an App called Yosemite Falls. You can find it at the Apple App store for $4.99. Click <HERE>. It is an immersive, entertaining, and educational walk around the forests and oak woodlands to a close up view of Lower Yosemite Fall. Along the way NPS Rangers Bob Roney and Vicki Mates highlight the history, natural forces, and wildlife that shaped Yosemite Valley. The App includes 45 minutes of video, audio, images, and text which complement the breathtaking vistas. Visitors will experience rock falls, bears, owls, fires, floods, and visit the location of John Muir’s cabin and saw mill. This adventure through the Yosemite of today and yesterday takes place over 2 miles of paved handicap accessible trails with 22 points of interest. Visitors will experience the hidden stories all around them. Parents will find this App is “edu-taining” for their children and includes some Yosemite Cartoons from well known comic strip author Phil Frank of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Visitors can access content by touching the menu lists or touching the numbered icons on the interactive map. Visitors with an iPhone (it also runs on an iPOD Touch) get the bonus of having GPS show their location on the map. When nearing one of the 22 tour stops the iPhone automatically vibrates notifying you of your arrival at a story spot. In addition to the story spots, the App has GPS coordinates for the nearest restrooms, visitor center, museum, and shuttle bus stops making finding your way around a breeze. The stories are best enjoyed while walking to Yosemite Falls, however the entire experience can also be shared with friends and family at your hotel, campsite, or when you are at home. The App was produced by Big Escapes in partnership with both the National Park Service and the Yosemite Association. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase goes to the newly named Yosemite Conversancy.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Winds are advertisements of all they touch . . . telling their wanderings even by their scents alone.” – John Muir, 1878
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com