If you’re a recent reader, you may not be up to speed on the Half Dome cables situation. The Group “Wilderness Watch” submitted a position during the open comment period for the Half Dome Stewardship Plan. Here is a synopsis of their perspective. Tomorrow I will post the entire letter they sent to the Superintendent.
“In our scoping comments, Wilderness Watch urged the NPS to restore the area’s wilderness character by removing the cable system. We let the Park Service know we appreciate its efforts to address issues created by the cable system, including its incompatibility within designated Wilderness. We noted that the cable system is unnecessary to preserve the area as Wilderness and it conflicts with the Wilderness Act’s prohibition on structures and installations. We added that the cable system diminishes the area’s wilderness character by altering its natural, undeveloped condition and greatly decreasing opportunities for solitude. We encouraged the NPS to remove the cable system using non-motorized/mechanized tools and transport, and to determine an appropriate use level to preserve the area’s wilderness character. This is a good example of how a different perspective, one that accepts Wilderness on its own terms, is required to protect Wilderness. “
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control No dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teachers leave them kids alone. Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!” – Pink Floyd
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com