Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
The best way to prepare for your Half Dome hike is to hike! The Stairmaster is great for your uphill muscles – but does nothing for the downhill. Biking, running, roller blading, etc. are all good workouts, but you should think of the Half Dome hike as a marathon of hiking. 16-miles RT and with close to 10,000 feet up and down. Today I joined a few friends for a 5-hour hike through a drizzly Big Basin State Park, home of giant Redwoods. It’s in the Santa Cruz mountains near Boulder Creek. It’s through training hikes like these that you get to know your water/food requirements and start to build up those legs. Our trip was led by Jayah Faye Paley, the Trekking Pole Guru. She has 2 nice instructional DVDs and conducts training classes on how to get the most out of your poles. They save your knees on the Half Dome (and other) hikes. See her website <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Most people are born into the world remain babies all their lives, their development being arrested like sun-dried seeds.” – John Muir, 1873
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com