BULLETIN – Royal Robbins died today – the first man up the face of Half Dome

Royal Robbins in his climbing days

Royal Robbins died today at 82. He was the first man up the face of Half Dome. A super guy – the Babe Ruth of Climbing… and approachable. I filmed an interview at his home in Modesto for a Half Dome app I made. He wrote the forward to my Half Dome book. RIP.

I’ll be at his funeral…as will hundreds of other Yosemite lovers. The world needs more Royals.   Condolences to his wife, Liz.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
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Name change battle at Yosemite continues; no resolution in sight.

 Delaware North Company’s move to take the iconic names used at Yosemite for over a century is coming upon the one-year anniversary. The park had to stop using the names on March 16, 2016. This is when the DNC concessionaire contract ended and Aramark took over.

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Judge gives positive ruling to DNC on trademark case.

The names in dispute are: Curry Village, Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and Badger Pass Ski Resort. Additionally, DNC trademarked any retail item that says “Yosemite National Park.” Really.  TShirts etc. might now say “Yosemite – California” or “Yosemite – home of big trees.” Sheesh.

READ the background to this story.

Both sides sued each other. Now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in DC is involved. DNC tossed a legal maneuver onto the floor. They are saying that the way they came up with the $51M  valuation of the trademarks is their  intellectual property. The park is offering $3M.  Did you know it only costs $300.00 to file for a trademark?

They said if their methodology were made public, then they would suffer in future bids to manage other parks. A trade secret.

Bad news …. the judge, Patricia Campbell-Smith, agreed. She said that Uniform Trade Secrets Act governed here and DNC was within their rights to withhold certain information.


Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Go real slow. You like it more and more . Take it as it comes. Specialize in havin’ fun.” – The Doors
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Winter in full force at Yosemite | Hwy 120 closed inside the Park

The storms just keep rolling in at Yosemite. This week was a damaging one. Highway 120 – aka the Big Oak Flat road is closed below Crane Flat to the Big Meadow view area at the Foresta turnoff.  The crews will be fixing damaged to the roadway.

It will be closed until Feb 17, from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am. You can still get in, but it will be tough going. Follow the road crew’s instructions.  Keep tuned as to the actual opening date. The work may be extensive and go beyond the 17th.

Other roads may be closed as more damage is detected. This weekend will be bad…so call 209-372-0200 for road conditions. You wanted snowpack? – You go it!

Men hiking in snow

Winter trekking at Yosemite

Winter is a great time there.  The Horsetail Fall light show is in full force. It was been seen already, so after the storms and the sun gets thru, it might be visible again. Or not.

Read: Don’t hike Half Dome in winter

In other news, there are three items that have not been in the news:

  1. The status of hiring a new superintendent.
  2. The progress of the Wilderness Plan.
  3. The status of the trademark lawsuit.

For your calendar:  The Half Dome lottery is during the whole month of March. See the Permits tab for more info.  Apply anytime during march – no rush to get in March 1.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand. Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy. The Eagles
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