The PSAR group – full name Preventative Search and Rescue – monitors the Half Dome Trail to seek ways to make it safer for us all. Data Collection is a big part of that. Knowing how long it takes visitors to proceed along the trails is important to gauge the loading on the trails plus the impact on the cables. This sign greets you as you ascent the Lower Mist Trail. If you click to enlarge it, you can read that it asks you to write down your time. Then higher up you will deposit your time into a box. Neat idea. But there is no paper or pen at the first unit to do any recording. Hmmm, I guess they expect us to have writing material with us. John Muir carried his journal. Good idea but me thinks it wasn’t tested.
I want to make sure new readers know about my FREE Half Dome app. It runs on Android, iPhone and even your computer. See the link to the right. There have been nearly 1500 downloads. Try it and give me some feedback. I did it through Everytrail, a Trip Advisor company.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.” – Leo Buscaglia
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com