St. Joseph’s hill is a 2-hour trek out of downtown Los Gatos, CA. Four of us headed out at 9:01 am and trekked next to Hwy 17 out towards the Lexington Reservoir. We looked down at jammed traffic going to Santa Cruz. Taaco lives in Hollister; Kendall in San Mateo. They are hiking Half Dome in late August and will be staying in Little Yosemite Valley. To get in shape they loaded their packs with about 30-pounds to get in shape. The foursome was rounded out by Buster of Almaden – an HD veteran.
It was interesting as people passed us asking what they were training for. We took our time with plenty of rest breaks. It was pretty warm (what else is new this summer?). Up top at about 1500 feet, the distant view was obscured by a layer of…well…smog. We could see the Moffett hangers and the Shoreline Amphitheater. On a clear day, you can see the smaller city to our north – Sandy Cisco. Not today.
One fellow we met up top told us of the time in 1999 when a large slab fell off Glacier Point. It was a loud crack. VERY LOUD. A football field sized hunk fell off and hit 200 mph as it fell the 3,000 ft. The impact broke trees in half. Hearing the noise, he quickly reacted and got the kids he brought into their RV and rolled the windows up. He had them all put facecloths over their mouths to await the tsunami of dust to hit them. It soon did – and went on and on. He agreed to write up a story for the blog. Maybe a photo or two.
Neat Stay tuned.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.” ― John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com