Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

It’s been under the radar for months, but the park is continuing the effort on the Merced River Plan. It goes beyond the ¼ mile boundary of the river and will include mitigation plans for the valley – wall to wall. This also covers the parking situation. Oh yes.  Years ago there were ideas to have everyone park outside and take busses into the park. That did not fly. Then they thought about building a parking garage at the west end. Nix on that one too. But pay attention when the drafts begin to come out. This MRP is in response to the lawsuit that hands were shook on to satisfy the plaintiffs.

I’ll be at Yosemite Wed – Fri and may attempt to get up to the Diving Board. No cables so I gotta find something challenging to do.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish.” – Charles Dickens


*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. kathy says:

    I also like the Vasque Breeze. I don’t have Gortex, but would consider it next time. Best womens shoe for small size feet, which is why I went with Vasque. But, Dean, I am with you regarding shoes, go with the brand and shoe that is comfortable for your feet! What works for one person may not for another.

    • Sönke says:

      I think you made the right choice as Goretex only makes sense when you plan to get your feet wet (e.g. fording a lot of streams/rivers, hiking in wet/rainy territory). Although Goretex is the best material out there and “breathable” it always will add some extra sweat to your feet. I have several pairs of the same shoes – with and without Goretex. 95+% of the time I’ll go with the non-Goretex shoes.

      For serious and long hiking in steep/rocky terrain my preferred choice is still the good old leather boot and there’s no better brand than Hanwag. Be prepared to shell out US$300+ bucks though. Unfortunately afaik they are not available in the US.

  2. Dean says:

    I’m a slave to Merrel…comfiest shoes I’ve ever worn, hardly need breaking in…

    In 2006 I bought a pair in San Francisco (cheaper than UK and 2$ to 1£ at the time) and hiked HD in them a couple days later, no blisters.

  3. mrhalfdome says:

    Vasque Breeze with Gortex…20% off at REI during sale.

  4. Dean says:

    I’ll be interested to hear how the Diving Board hike goes…it looks like a steep climb.

    Off topic and the hiking shoes that got me safely up Half Dome last year have gone to the big shoe store in the sky…I’m not sure why but I do feel a bit sad throwing away old shoes, there are a lot of memories associated with them.

    I often hang on to them longer than is good for my feet!

    Still it means I get to go get a shiny new pair this weekend.

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