Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Despite onlookers yelling at them to get out, the 3 victims of the July 19 accident remained near the fast flowing water behind the protective railing. The stone is smooth from 10,000 years of polishing – add a little water and it’s like a slip-and-slide. They were members of the St. George Assyrian Christian Church in Ceres, CA a Central Valley farm town. With 10 over the rail there could have been more. I cannot believe they were actually standing on a “rock” island out there. I sure saw none 3 days earlier. There could have easily been even more slip in.
The park does NOT plan to add more warning signs. The 3-foot high pipe railings are adequate for an adult to understand not to go over into Class V rapids 25 feet from a 317 foot drop. There is even chicken wire down low to keep small folk safe. Here’s some shots I took on the 4th and 16th. I blew up the WARNING sign to show you that it is HUGE and hard to miss – as if you need one.
All Vernal photos (c) Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
We all feel sorry for the family and offer condolences. Lessons to be learned here. Enjoy nature, but don’t put your hand into the lion cage.
If you live the in the SF Bay area, come on over to the Town Center Book Store in Pleasanton (“P-Town”) this Saturday at 11. I’ll be giving a Half Dome hiking talk and casual Q & A session. We can rap about Yosemite, Half Dome and other great hikes. Be there or be rectangular.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the lion sleeps tonight. Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight.” – The Tokens
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com