Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I have found my Half Dome Poster Girls. 3 South Bay women found a passion – getting to the top of Half Dome. Janet S. a community service officer, Linette A. an administrative assistant and Shari T. a respiratory therapist have hiked together almost every weekend for the past year and half. It’s a great fitness routine and gets them together to share the intimate details of life in Silicon Valle. Last winter the City of Campbell encouraged their employees to set goals and many decided to do a summer trip to Yosemite to hike Half Dome. The women all felt this would be a massive adventure and one that they would cherish. In February I gave at talk to the Campbell folks at the Trailsloggers store in downtown in Campbell. It was through my slides and presentation that the women realized exactly what they signed up for! It looked very imposing. They later commented that the video clip I show of people going up the cables made the greatest impact on them. They bought my book (One Best Hike, Yosemite’s Half Dome) and virtually memorized it. They bought trekking poles, good hiking boots, a water filter pump and all the recommended gear. They hit the local hiking trails almost every weekend for long uphill hikes. I ran into them on one of my Mission Peak hikes and gave some tips on how to use the poles. I encouraged them to keep at it and the rewards would be worth it. Their big day finally arrived on September 18. I am happy to report that they made it to the top in prime form. To quote Shari, “The hike itself was so strenuous both physically and mentally but all three of agree that it was so entirely fabulous and worthwhile, especially when we finally MADE IT TO THE TOP!”
To complete the story, last week I gave a Yosemite talk at the same Trailsloggers store. They arrived all dressed in YOSEMITE T-Shirts. By their insistence, I performed the initiation ceremony for first time “Domers” that I wrote about in Chapter 5. They drank from the sacred goblet of Chief Tenaya.
I later gave them Certificates of Accomplishment. If there were ever “Poster Girls” for Half Dome – I nominate these 3. Real enthusiasm and motivation allowed them to reach their goal. I now need to convince them to do it every year! Carpe Diem!
I’m still looking for comments on the Ken Burns National Parks show on PBS. I have my own, but want you guys to go first.
Check the weather – snow coming to the Sierra – be careful!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You’re pushin’ too hard, pushin’ on me. You’re pushin’ too hard, what you want me to be. You’re pushin’ too hard about the things you say, you’re pushin’ too hard every night and day. You’re pushin’ too hard – pushin’ too hard on me.” – The Seeds
*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com