Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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You may be doing your first hike of Half Dome soon. Or maybe your 2nd or 32nd. You’ve done your training, read the book and plotted a strategy to get your buns on top before noon. Now it’s the night before and you are digesting your dinner as you lay in bed. Now what? Images of the cables and Sub Dome are planted in your brain. Will you be able to make it up? What if it rains? Will I see a bear? There are rattlesnakes on the trail – what if I get bit? Will I get down before sunset? Did I pack enough food? What did I forget to pack? Where did I put my permit? Lots to worry about.
Take it easy, Barney, you will be OK. Here’s some ideas. The night before your hike is not that important…it’s how you slept 2 nights before that really matters. Use earplugs to seal all but your pulse out of your ears.
To reduce stress, WRITE a comprehensive checklist of ALL the stuff you will need for the hike. Se the one I my book or make a bigger one just for your stuff. Check off everything as you see it and put it into your pack. Before you go to bed…lay it ALL out on the floor so you get dressed at 5 am like a fireman. Everything on the floor either gets put on or gets put into your pack. Done. Now go to sleep. Use a very loud alarm clock set for 5 am. When lying awake the night before, just tell yourself that your body is quiet and regenerating itself.
Any day now the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Half Dome Stewardship plan should be released. This will have the alternatives the park is proposing for the cables. One will be to take the cables down. Puleeze pay attention – read it and send in a comment.
Survivor starts this Wednesday on CBS. It’s the only show I watch and am proud to say I actually applied for Survivor 13 – China. Me and 30,000 others.
As I teased you yesterday…. I have sent a letter to the Yosemite Superintendent and Interpretation Office requesting a proclamation that Oct 12 be deemed George Anderson Day. He was the man who first made it to the top of Half Dome at 3 pm Oct 12, 1875. Wow. He also built the trail we use from Happy Isles to just before the Vernal Fall Footbridge. It’s about time he was recognized. The man died of pneumonia in 1883 and is buried under a small granite stone in the park cemetery. No mention of him in the Visitor Center or Museum. Poor. It’s MY park and I want him honored.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Let’s do the Time Warp again. It’s just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right. With your hands on your hip you bring your knees in tight. But it’s the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane. Let’s do the Time Warp again.” – Rocky Horror Picture
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com