Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Documentation from the late 1800’s is really hit and miss. Seems most of our facts are kludged together from several 3rd person accounts of things that occurred years after they actually happened. Andersond id not keep a diary so we really don’t know the exact when and where things took place. So it depends on what source one uses. But he’s the man. He’s Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus, Orville Wright, Henry Ford. An older park person involved in the cable maintenance, annual up and down, and repair over the years thinks any adoration of Anderson is shallow and neglects the hundreds of heroic acts that others carried out to keep the cables up there and to replace them in 1934 and 1984. No, George got up first. Judging from the great blog comments on this, I think there needs to be more recognition of this singular feat. You can also call him a father of modern big wall climbing since he was one of the first to use aids (his spikes) to get up.
If you walk through the superb dioramas in the Visitor Center, you don’t learn about George. You hear about Tissayak and a bevy of other pioneers. I assume with limited space and so many people they could profile, they had to draw a line. This blog attracts over 200 daily readers. I know you’re there and thank you for spending your morning coffee with me. Anyone else want to express an opinion of support for Anderson recognition? Be nice to go forward with more than 4 interested citizens.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “What I like about camping is you can get really dirty. Either you’re all by yourself, so no one else sees you; or everyone you’re with is just as dirty as you are, so nobody cares.” A former Boy Scout.
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com