Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
It’s referred to as YOSAR – that stands for Yosemite Search and Rescue. These are the men and women who’s workday is devoted to rescuing us flat-landers. The park has some of the Dept of Interior’s best crews…after all this is the home of Big Wall Climbers. Some of which get stuck part of the way up. When you can get cell phone service, that is your life line to a rescue. In fact most rescues are initiated by 911 calls. Gee, what did we do before mobile phones? Yell? My ATT account has trouble in most of the park, but on top of Half Dome it’s clear. Many rescues take place along the Half Dome trail. The park has access to 3 helicopters and there is actually a small landing pad and maintenance yard on a dirt road off Hwy 120 overlooking the Big Meadow. I haven’t heard if it got impacted by the fire. Funny thing is that there is a fire lookout right there! In 2009 so far – there have been 223 rescues by YOSAR. You can follow their exploits and see some neat photos on their website <here>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In Napoli where love is king, when boy meets girl here’s what they say: ‘When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie; That’s amore.’ “- Dean Martin
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com