There are 300 hikers allowed each day on Yosemite’s Half Dome. Another 100 with wilderness permits. So if you think 300 is too many on our 8,842 ft peak – imagine about the same number on 29,000 ft Mt. Everest. No kidding. The big guy is only “safe” enough to climb in May and a few weeks either side. The winds and cold are out of bounds otherwise. So up they go. In this photo it’s estimated that about 300 are in line to make the summit. These aren’t ants on your screen – people. “Everest – take a number, please!!”
Hello? Is this not crazy? This still does not show the whole zoo. Watch the whole video. Credit Outside magazine. It takes a while to load.
It’s estimated that 250 summitted in a 48 hour period, including 6 who died on the way down. Most ran out of oxygen. There ain’t much O2 at those altitudes. It’s said that $60,000 is needed to get you to the top. And many push on when they should turn back due the huge investment in time and money. Let’s hope Half Dome hikers are a bit more intelligent. The rock will be there. I know some went up on the 25th before the weather really turned bad. Not rocket science to decide to skip it.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Go, tell it on the mountain. Over the hills and everywhere. Go, tell it on the mountain, the Half Dome cables are up.” – With apologies to Mahalia Jackson
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com