If you need a change of scenery from Yosemite, can I suggest the Utah parks. Zion is my favorite. Angels’s Landing is a trek kinda similar – but shorter – than Half Dome. Maybe 5 hours RT. It’s pretty scary trundling your way to the top.
Another fun day at Zion is hiking down to the slot canyons. There are dozens to try. But be careful. You need to don a wetsuit to walk down the river with water waist high on short folks. Flash floods are a major concern.
You can get in some big trouble if you decide to extend yourself and go Canyoneering. But “stuff” happens.
Back in early April, the park had to rescue a man who got in big trouble. It took 5 hours to save his bacon. Seems a guy broke his ankle in Pine Creek Canyon. Pine Creek is Zion’s most popular technical canyon for visitors.
His group had tried to rappel up a slot but was unable to get out. The rescue team of 15 SAR personnel used a high line with a system called a “reeve.” This is a rope that is strung across the canyon. Then another is lowered down with the support ranger poised above. Then the victim is pulled up.
The rescue ranger and the injured were then lifted to the high line and moved back across the span to the Canyon Overlook Trail. He’s now recovering at Dixie Regional Medical Center inSt George Utah. St George is a common kick-off location for trips to Zion, Bryce and the other parks. Vegas is not too far south. A rental car is the easy way to go.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?” – Pink Floyd
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com