Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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NEWS: Two hikers died after falling into the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on Wednesday morning. They were in a group of 5 at the end of their multi-day trip. They were crossing a bridge that was filled with water from rain and snow runoff.
Blog reader and Domer Andy P. sent in this report about his Half Dome hike 2 days ago. It’s fun to read about what it’s actually like. The Mist Trail is a hurricane of wind and spray. Even with ponchos, people are getting doused. Part of the fun. Don’t be a wimp by going up the dry JMT instead.
Threatening clouds looked like they were going to roll in all day but they never did. You could see the rain far off in the distance. It was pretty windy on top and a little cool. We arrived on top about 1:30. The wind was howling over the saddle, it felt like a wind tunnel.
When we past the checkpoint the Ranger said only about 130 people had checked in. As expected the water flows were huge. I was most impressed with the flow over Nevada Fall. It was truly awesome.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Oh yes, I’m the great pretender. Pretending I’m doing well. My need is such, I pretend too much. I’m lonely but no one can tell.” – The Platters
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com