Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Feedback from early hikers up the Half Dome cables is that the Mist Trail is a raining deluge. The snowpack is now melting and all that water is coming down. Vernal Fall faces a narrow canyon and winds blow the spray onto the trail as a you hike the 700 steps up. About halfway you will need to put some protection on or get drenched. I have worn a water resistant jacket and got soaked. I recommend putting on a cheap vinyl poncho. The kind you get them for a buck at a surplus store. Bring 3 binder clips to hold the hood to your cap bill and the sides of your pants – otherwise the wind will blow it al lover the place.
Next you need gaiters to stop water from getting into your boots. GORTEX boots are recommended. The easiest thing is to get free produce bags from your market and wrap them around the tops of your boots and secure with a rubber band.
You can also wear real gaiters for the duration of the hike. Use hiking poles to help you navigate the mess. There will be water running down the steps with some deep holes that you need to avoid. Bring dry socks to put on once your boots dry out. Have fun!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Let’s go surfing now, everybody’s learning how – Come on a safari with me.” – Surfin Safari”, The Beach Boys
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com