Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Your opinion – Who has the right of way the uphill or downhill hiker?? The Mist Trail steps and sub dome are prime tests. They can be pretty narrow and only one person can pass.
What think ye? There are rational positions for either. I vote for the downhill hiker having the right of way since they can see down easier and have momentum going with them. The uphill hiker is more tired and would appreciate the rest. The Calif vehicle code ways that when driving on a narrow hill or grade with insufficient space to pass, the driver of the vehicle ascending the hill has the right-of-way. If necessary, the driver descending the hill must back up to permit the vehicle going up to pass safely. Does this apply to hiking? Some feel that walking uphill is tougher and having to periodically stop (when you don’t want to) throws off your rhythm, so they should have the right of way. On the other hand sometimes uphill hikers will prefer to stop and let you pass coming down so they can get a short break. The uphill hiker should get to make the call. Your 2 cents??
The entire staff of Carpe Diem Experience, LLC, is heading up to hike Half Dome Saturday. I’ll push out a blog Friday night to update you any happenings at the park, but we’ll take Saturday night off since after the hike, the process will be: shower, slam down dinner and crash.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” – Jacqueline Schiff
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com