Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Word coming back from advanced scouts indicates that there is about 4 feet of snow covering Sub Dome and 7 feet on the last mile to it. This is a fresh report. As we sit in our air-conditioned cars thinking it MUST be melting – we think why aren’t the cables UP?? Look at this photo. Our low orbiting satellite has picked up this image during pass 478Bravo as it screamed over Yosemite in its polar orbit at 140 miles above.
The MrHalfDome Geospatial Analysis Group (MGAG) has superimposed the route up Sub Dome for public release. I cannot reveal any more information without White House approval. Suffice to say it will be well into June before the cables are up for civilian access. If you have permits that will not be usable, I suggest a thin spread of crunchy peanut butter and a dab of honey before you eat them.
The Tioga Road got another foot of snow so if you plan to come to the park from the east before Hwy 120 gets plowed over the pass (end of June?), you may have to go the LONG way and up Hwy 99 and in.
I got an odd email from DNC, the Yosemite park operator, whose full name is Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts Special Places. Hmmm, the Special Places is a new one. The email promoted their Australian properties. I didn’t know I agreed to get ads from them when I reserved a tent cabin. If you care, they now run these Aussie resorts: Lizard Island, Wilson Island and Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef; King’s Canyon in the Red Center of Australia; and El Questro in the East Kimberley region in Australia’s North. I stayed at the Heron Island one decades ago. It’s a focused dive and reef walk site. At low tide you can walk out a mile! Last century they dynamited deep holes to allow decent diving.
I will be back in San Jose-by-the-sea on Saturday, then I head up to Yo Semite that afternoon. If you are ordering a nifty “I made it to the top” T-Shirt, let me know soon and I’ll get it in the mail en route to the park. To get the details, go <HERE>. I am running low on some sizes, so go quick like a bunny. PayPal works.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.” – J.K. Rowling
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com