Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Get or Give permits<HERE>
You have a rare opportunity to come on a guided hike with Mr. Half Dome himself – me! As I blogged recently I am working with Lasting Adventures and we have a few slots left for our next guided one-day hike up Half Dome on August 7. I have in my hand 8 permits for that Saturday and am offering you blog readers a shot. Many of you have no companion to go with or you just want the confidence of going along with seasoned hikers. We are not Sherpa’s nor are we psychologists, but we know Half Dome. We will get you to the top if you arrive in shape and have done your education, preparation and are motivated. $125 is the fare – a real steal if you have been comparing. We will rendezvous in Curry Village for dinner on Aug 6 and meet near the Happy Isles trailhead. The hardest part will be getting accommodations. Sign up now so we can advise you. We also have camping reservations if it comes to that. Go to the Lasting Adventures website <HERE> for details. Send me an email if interested. MrHalfDome@gmail.com When we are full we cannot take any more to allow the best guide/participant ratio. Call Scott at Lasting Adventures at (800) 513-8651 to book.
In other news, weekdays on the cables are degenerating to what the weekends used to be like before permits. Upwards of 600 people on the cables is no fun. I implore you to leave early – on the trial NLT 5:30 am. Really. Here’s a view of the crowd if you arrive late: Ugh.
I just sent Neil R. of Newark, CA 4 permit tickets for July 24. He won them at one of my REI talks…. it pays to attend. Next up is Marina (Monterey) on Jul 20 7 pm, no permits now but I will give out a bottle of Carpe Diem wine ($26 at BevMo).
We are getting into the thunderstorm season. In late July and into August when the Central Valley is near or over 100 degrees, the hot air mass meets the cooler flows off the Pacific Ocean and cumulo-nimbus clouds are formed over the park. All heck can break loose in the afternoon. Do NOT be near Half Dome if any threat of lightning is present. Hike early and hike often.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There be no need for lasting sorrow for the death of any of nature’s creations, because for every death there is always born a corresponding life.” – John Muir, 1873
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com