Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I am a big fan of the Curry VillageTent Cabins. They are my base camp for my Half Dome hikes. They’re cheap, clean and as close to the John Muir Trailhead as you can get. Yes, they do resemble a Refuge Camp with 2-foot spacing between them. You share common toilets and showers, but will enjoy a lot of camaraderie among the hikers. The rules are QUIET time at 10 pm, but I hit the sack at 9 the night before my expeditions. With earplugs you will get a good night’s sleep. Ever wonder what happens to the Tent Cabins during the snows of winter? I was told they take the canvas off and l just leave the wood frames. Not true. Apparently that’s what they did years ago. As you can see this photo I took recently, they are cordoned off and left intact.
This strikes me as odd with the canvas allowed to get the brunt of the elements. Sure is easier to just leave them covered, but what is the life of canvas?
Permit Update – The park told me they will be sending out emails to everyone who bought permits for the Half Dome cables in a week or so. They will explain what to do with the paper permits. Basically, you only need to copy the portion that relates to the hike – your name and the number/date, not the entire 4 pages of stuff. They will also clear up the confusion on the recreation.gov website before the April 1 next-cycle program and add more FAQ’s. If you are making copies for your hiking partners you need to make sure they are not compromised or lost. Do NOT give extra ones to strangers who might abuse the Xerox machine. When the rangers “check off” the proper number of people per permit, no more will be allowed. Speaking of that, my REI Half Dome talks begin Thursday in Brentwood. I plan to offer extra permits I have to the audience in a drawing for certain weekend dates. I will record the winner’s vitae in case fraud comes back to bite me. I hope to do this at as many REI talks as I can. Go to <HERE> to see my speaking schedule in a town near you. More are being added. Carpe Diem.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Come in here, dear boy, have a cigar. You’re gonna go far, you’re gonna fly high. You’re never gonna die, you’re gonna make it if you try; they’re gonna love you.” – Pink Floyd
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com