We are now winding down to the last month that the cables will be up on Half Dome. Sad but true. Yosemite’s Plan is for the cables to be removed from the stations and the boards collected on Oct 9. The number of permits available through the 2-day advance mini-lottery is very encouraging. If you go to recreation.gov you can see literally hundreds that will be on the block in September and October.
Back in March during the main lottery, few wanted late summer dates. So if you missed out, go up now! The weather is still great with daytime temps in the 80’s.
Be brisk on your hike as daylight is shrinking. Sunset is coming about 7:30 pm, so you still can do a comfortable 12-hour hike if you start early. I plan to be going up Saturday with seven blog readers. I’m taking my larger MountainSmith fanny pack so I can fit in my Katadyne Vario filter, headlamp, and Patagonia Houdini jacket. This time of year it may get chilly and breezy up top and there is always the chance of rain moving in. Oh, the Vario can pump at twice the rate of the Hiker Pro. It can fill a quart Nalgene bottle in 30 seconds. It pumps on both strokes. While on filters, I did a goof. My last Half Dome hike was August 22 and we drove to Yellowstone the next day. As a result, I did not clean my filter. After 2 weeks, it grew mold. So now I have to use bleach and remove the critters. Lesson: At least dry out anything that held water lest bacteria grow.
If this is your first hike, I need to tell you that the Little Spring has changed appearance from the photo I put in the book. I alerted readers over a month ago, but to repeat, a big tree fell across the trail this winter and landed right on the spring. Trail crews cut up wedges to free it. The photo below shows what to look for. It’s on the left, 5.9 miles into the hike. The GPS markers are correct.
Errata: There are two typos in my second edition: Pg 171 Last line, change 1871 to 1796. Pg 186 Last line, change August to July.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Everybody needs beauty … places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com