Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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The park is opening slowly with limited facilities – stay home. Another storm is hitting. Read a book – Lafayette Bunnell’s “The Yosemite ” is the bible. It has cowboys, Indians and even bears! Oh My!
I like to say that hiking up Half Dome is a marathon of hiking. I’ve run 1 marathon and we built up the miles gradually until we were running 19-20 miles non-stop. Wow. My longest to that point was the Bay to Breakers at 7 miles. If you are going to ride a century bike ride – that’s 100 miles. Years ago, I decided to do it and after getting my miles up I set out one day with my trip computer running. I got 50 miles from home – almost to Hollister from San Jose and turned around. Took about 6 hours to see 100 on the display as I pulled into my driveway. My first hike up Half Dome I didn’t train – 20 years ago. And I had to walk backwards the next day because my quads hurt so bad. Repetitive motion on untrained muscles adds up.
So use this springtime to get in condition. 2-3 months is plenty. If you wait, you risk spraining an ankle or other injury that you cannot recover from in time. Reality hiking is better than machines, but do what you can during the rains. You MUST get your upper body strong. The cables are 600+ feet long – 2 football fields at a 45 degree angle. You want to use your legs, but it’s a PULL up. Heck 40,000 people a year do it – so can you!! And remember to have fun!
Tune in tomorrow – we’ll talk about how they install the cables each spring.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The crowd had rushed together, tryin’ to keep warm. Still the rain kept pourin’. Fallin’ on my ears. And I wonder, still I wonder- Who’ll stop the rain.” – Credence Clearwater Revival
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com