Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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We talked about Hans Florine and his presentation at the Pleasanton Library yesterday. He said something that made an impression. He has gone up many of the peaks at the park and of course, Half Dome. He kinda jokingly said to make sure kids don’t throw rocks off of the face. But this is serious. I’ve inched over the edge and looked down at climbers coming up. Some send an advance man to put a cardboard sign there, but most just rely on your common sense. Actually this real metal sign is right near the top of the cables. I wonder people how many don’t even see it.
I know none of the readers of this blog would do such, but it’s easy to shuffle your feet near the edge and let a pebble go over…I don’t know what the terminal velocity of a pebble traveling down 2,000 feet is, but I think I’d want to be in a Sherman Tank and not just wearing a plastic helmet. Courtesy and caution.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ooh, ooh that smell. Can’t you smell that smell? Ooh, ooh that smell. The smell of death surrounds you.” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com