Stash your pack?



Free food!
Free food!

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
You’ve just hauled up your pack, water and hiking poles some 7 miles to the saddle of Half Dome. Now you have another 425 feet to reach the top of the cables. Dang, it is getting heavy. So  what if I just stash my pack and unneeded food at the bottom and only go up with a snack and some water? Good idea? Maybe not. If you totally trust the hiking public not to walk off with your $129 Leki Makalu poles, then leave them at the bottom. Maybe put a note: “Please don’t take.”  And of course your pack. But let’s assume people that day are basically h0nest. So you leave your pack and stuff at the bottom before you begin your cable pull. As you can see by the photos, the squirrels and marmots may have not got the memo about leaving your food alone. They will get into your pack. I think they can now actually undo zippers to get to your booty. You can clearly see a critter pulling out a bag of Beef Jerky. And later digging into this pack. Yes, that brown furry thing is a squirrel. After I shot these pix, I put everything back in and zipped it up. I hope these folks got the message. Bottom line – haul up your stuff. And don’t take so much next tie!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Well, they’ll stone ya when you’re trying to be so good. They’ll stone ya just a-like they said they would. They’ll stone ya when you’re tryin’ to go home. Then they’ll stone ya when you’re there all alone. But I would not feel so all alone, Everybody must get stoned.” – Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35, Bob Dylan
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –

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Rick D

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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8 Responses to Stash your pack?

  1. Kathy says:

    Dean, Awesome choice!!! I forgot all about Oakhurst since I usually come in the Big Oak Flat entrance. Did Oakhurst one Thanksgiving when we had reservations at the Wawona. Again, good choice. Enjoy your trip -S.F, Santa Cruz and Yosemite, et al.

  2. Dean says:

    Rick will think I’m spamming!

    Staying in Oakhurst at the “fanciful” Hounds Tooth Inn…looking forward to it.

  3. Dean says:

    Oops my geography stinks…Groveland is the Big Oak Flat Route…and there are some very nice looking places there too.

    Never mind…I think the shiny new Holiday Inn Express in Merced beckons.

  4. Dean says:

    Kathy, thanks a lot for taking the time to write all that!

    We drove to Yosemite via Big Oak Flat the last time and so want to come in the Mariposa route this time for a change.

    I think we’ll take a look at Groveland for places with “personality”.


  5. Kathy says:

    A couple of questions for you? Are you going in through Big Oak Flat (through San Jose/Oakdale/Groveland) or El Portel (Merced/Mariposa) entrance? How do you want to break it up? Half way, or get closer to the park and have a shorter distance to go into the park? If you want to divide the drive in half – I’d check motels in Tracy, Modesto or Oakdale. None of them are real exciting but would have a range of motels. Modesto has a nice Bass Pro Shop if you are taking a break and Oakdale at least feels like you have finally reached the foothills. This is if you are going in Big Oak Flat. If you go through Merced, I would look into Merced. Now, if you are wanting to get closer to the park, but quite into the Park, I’d look into Groveland, for some places with personality, or Rick stayed at a place just beyond Groveland, Yosemite Westgate. These would get you within an hour/hour 1/2 of the park. If you go in the Merced way, I’d check out Mariposa or El Portal. These are right before you enter the park. Finally, if you are wanting someplace where you’d spend a little time before you go on to the park, I’d check Sonora. It is a bit out of your way – just beyond the turn off to Yosemite and you are about 2 hours to the valley floor going in through Big Oak Flat. There are a few motels downtown and a few just out of the downtown area. How is this for an answer with too much info? Kathy

  6. mrhalfdome says:


    This is a pretty broad question.

    There’s a good 250 miles between Santa Cruz and Yosemite!! You can hit a Motel 6 if you are on a budget … tons of motels along I-580 or Hwy 120 en route to the park.

    Hit Google for motels along your travel direction.

    Rick D

  7. Dean says:

    Shiny new blog…

    Just 8 weeks until we make the trip over the pond. We are just about all set and will be living the high life in San Francisco and Santa Cruz before heading for a week in Yosemite.

    Can anyone recommend a nice place to stay in between Santa Cruz and Yosemite…just for 1 night?

    Training hike up Schiehallion on Sunday…

  8. andy says:

    Are you going to have a permanent link on your website for the blog?
    Or do I need two bookmarks, one for the blog and one for the website?

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