Sentinel Bridge Part 2

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Today I wanted to share why the Sentinel Bridge is so neat. Actually, it’s not the bridge itself but WHERE it is. An hour before sunset each night you will see a ton of photographers on the Sentinel Bridge with tripods. They are waiting to see the “alpenglow” on the face of Half Dome. This is the orange/gold sheen the setting sun puts on it. Good old smog in the Central Valley helps give an eerie light as the Solar orb descends. (Yeah, the earth is actually rotating away, but let’s not get picky.) It’s well worth doing one day to get your own never-before-taken photo for your collection. This is one you want to take at high resolution so you can crop out unneeded distractions. Here’s mine:

 

 Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here. Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it’s all right.” – The Beatles

 *Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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7 Responses to Sentinel Bridge Part 2

  1. Tom says:

    Rick – the packs are EVENLY divided at the trail head. The guides are NOT Sherpas. The lead guide has a scale. Each pack averages 30 pounds. And you are right, the guides are first rate. REI associates itself with good people, such as yourself.

  2. mrhalfdome says:

    That way sounds good. Most do LYV as the overnight. How do they divide who carries what? Or do they schlep all that for you? My pack can easily creep upwards of 40 pounds if I’m not careful. I’ve done the Machu Picchu Inca trail hike with REI and they are first rate.

  3. Tom says:

    Rick, I’m all over the “Stay in the Curry tent cabin the night before, get up at 4:30 ish, and do the 17 mile hike in one day”, just like yourself. Good times. The REI Weekend trip does NOT stay in busy Little Yosemite at all. The REI trip starts in Tuolumne Meadows, hikes past Cathedral Peak, over Clouds Rest, up Half Dome and then down to the valley. The trip includes tents, food, pots, permits and excellent guides.

  4. mrhalfdome says:

    No, the true formation called the Diving Board is NOT the Visor of which I think you are confused. The Diving Board is on the right side of the face of Half Dome…where Ansel Adams took his picture. From the Visor you would be too far east to have the glow land on anything of note.

    A great shot is of HD from Washburn Point. Tons of head on glow.

  5. Tom says:

    Hey Rick, did you see/get your REI divident statement yesterday? Half Dome on the cover! And in small print, “Yosemite Half Dome Backpacking, an REI Adventures Weekend Getaway trip.”. Nice! -Tom

    • mrhalfdome says:

      No check yet. But FYI, I did approach REI HQ about giving guided Half Dome hikes … no, they use their own guides, and do it in 2 days for a hunk of money. I don’t think most people need to spend the dough to get up. With Education, Preparation and Motivation, most anyone can do it. 2 days involves hauling your stuff up 2,000 ft to Little Yosemite Valley, and you need a permit, and the bears are very active there. I like the one day and I’m done method.

      For those who do feel they want the guided trip, REI, yExplore and Southern Yosemite Guides all offer good programs.

  6. John Lauer says:

    Is Alpenglow time a great time to take a picture from the Diving Board?

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