2017 – Plenty of water; Yosemite waterfalls to be gushing


Sierra snow pack

Pick your place in California – you’ll have plenty of water.

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Don’t print out your permit to Half Dome ….yet.

Got your permit and are letting it cure before you get serious about going? Good.  Let it stay until you are really really sure you are going. You can cancel up to 2-days in advance. Since only the leader and alternate have to be named, you can substitute the others as the summer wears on.

If you login to Recreation.gov and print your permit you will be unable to cancel it, make any changes, or receive a refund.

Things happen. If some in your party bails out, you can get their $8 back…but only if you have not printed the permit out.  I can understand why.  If a “bad person” prints it out, they could give copies to others.  The odds of both getting by the ranger are low, but if the ranger is not there and he/she later meets you on the trail and asks for your permit…..he/she is not going to crank up the iPad to confirm…..they will ask to see your permit.  If two parties have the same number – wham.  Up to $5,000 fine.

May is here…time to begin your training. Hills. Hills. Then do them again.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger – your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home. And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’. Your prison is walking through this world all alone.” – The Eagles
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome




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Watch this great cartoon describing the history of the Half Dome hike up the cables.

This is a great carton summary of Half Dome.   I do not know the creator, Aaron Robbins, but would love to meet him. Anyone know him?  He is not related to the famous Royal Robbins.

One error – he shows the cleft of Half Dome (vertical wall) existing whilst stillgranite.  Nope, it wa above the surface when it exfoliated off.

Here’s a shot of the road at Virginia Lake – just north of Lee Vining on the eastern side of Yosemite. Wow. The HD trail won’t open for a while.

Plowing road

Snow level in Sierra

Hike TODAY to get back in shape.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Don’t look back, a new day is breakin’. It’s been too long since I felt this way. I don’t mind where I get taken. the road is callin’. Today is the day. – Boston
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome



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