Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
On the eastern summit of Half Dome there is a cluster of large slab rocks. This point is called the Visor. Since Half Dome has been proven to have been above the glaciers, it puzzles me just how these rocks got there. I guess over time the dome continued to “stretch” and expand as it ever so slowly cooled from its magma state far underground. The exfoliation that sheared off the face must have also acted horizontally and created the slabs. At the tip they are jumbled together to form a small “cave.”
This cave was made famous in 1985 when 5 men hid in it to try and escape the lighting that night. It didn’t work – they got hit and 2 died. The story is described in “Shattered Air.” Folks stand on top of this slab to get the mandatory photo. But it is possible to climb inside. It’s a bit hairy and scary getting in. Once inside it is rather neat. You can see how 5 would fit easily. I like to scoot inside, gel and munch a power bar while getting out of the sun. There are “windows” at either end to look out.
Once, while at the far inside end, I saw a photograph of a man glued to the backside of a rock. It was put there by his relatives as a memorial. The next time I was there it was gone. No memorials are allowed in National Parks.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com