Yosemite / Half Dome Santa List Part 1

Today, I start a series of suggestions for your Christmas list. You may want to tell your elves what you really want in 2012. No more Fruitcakes!  No, this year you want to get ready for your 2013 Summer. Let’s start at the bottom.

Boots. You need a decent pair of ankle high boots to trek up the many trails at Yosemite and all the way to the top of Half Dome. I really don’t like “trail shoes” or tennies for this hike. I love the support I get when teetering on loose granite. No sprains for me. There are many good brands in the $110 – $170 range. As I have said here before, I love the Vasque Breeze GTX with Gortex. The name “Breeze” is true to form. They are very lightweight with nil break-in required. You can get a pair of the current model for $110 at Campmore.

Vasque Breeze

The Breeze 2.0 is $160 and is rolling out. It was supposed to be released in January, but I see REI has it listed. Way nicer shoe – but the original is great and has been the market leader for years.

Vasque Breeze 2.0

You been naughty or nice??

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you.” – Nancy Sinatra 

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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4 Responses to Yosemite / Half Dome Santa List Part 1

  1. James says:

    Andy, great to hear about the cycling. That, too, is a great way to excipeenre God’s creation.Also, it is interesting to hear about your bits collecting. I like to do similar things with my daughter. We like to check out leaves, flowers, and trees looking, smelling, feeling. We are all different and connect to things differently. But I feel it is important that we each find these ways in which we can connect with and appreciate creation.

  2. Maureen L says:

    see the next day’s post about socks, so that you have your socks in hand when you try on boots.

    and be generous, size up, so that your toes and toenails stay intact coming down!

  3. Dean says:

    These look like good shoes.

    My opinion is that the Half Dome trail isn’t “rough” enough to warrant an ankle high boot. The trail is a mix of steps, rock, sand and dirt with a relatively low risk of going over on your ankle. I used high quality hiking shoes on both my Half Dome hikes and my hike from Happy Isles to Clouds Rest without ever worrying about ankle support.

    Personal preference of course and ankle support probably a good idea for less experienced hikers.

    • Thanks for the comment, Dean.

      Agree – personal preference. I find the trail “iffy” with a lot pf potential for ankle issues. I wear my high tops on all hikes, regardless. Even local ones – part of my “uniform.”

      I came down the cables 2-yrs ago and up top I stepped on a pipe stub that stuck up about 3 inches and crunched the ankle….had to limp down on one foot to get off. It swelled up – no fun getting to the car – stayed at Little Yosemite Valley that time and had a 40 pound pack. Ouch – Hiking poles saved me there. Had I NOT had the high tops on, I could possibly have broken the ankle. Maybe it’s just my clumsiness, but the trail down has many loose rocks sticking up and the boots have saved me when slipping.

      Oh yeah, watch out for those sawed off pipe stubs on the cable route…some on Sub Dome as well.

      Good boots also have a strong shank with torsional stiffness. You should not be able to bend the toe back to the laces….and get them big enough so your toes don’t hit the ends. Training Hikes will reveal how well they fit.

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