Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Today I want to depart from my usual babbling and share some stuff for your eyes and ears. First is a superb panorama photo taken on Sentinel Dome. Click to enlarge for full impact.
The photographer is Half Dome veteran Sonke K. of Germany. This guy hauls about 30 pounds of cameras, lenses, tripods and associated paraphernalia over the pond to capture some great shots of the park. (My credit card Casio is good enough for me.) He and his lovely wife, Esther, visited our little country earlier this month. I really am impressed with the view of Yosemite Falls. This photo was software stitched together in the dark temperature/humidity controlled basement of the Carpe Diem Experience lab in Hamburg.
Next, I want to hype my FREE Half Dome Hike app. Many of you have downloaded it. We’ve had about 400 to date. It is totally free and I get nada from you. I can use any comments to improve it. It resides on my laptop and I update it regularly – and add NEWS inthe tips section as significant things happen. So RELOAD often. I wnt to hear back form anyone who has used it on the trail. It’s in the cloud for iPhone and Android under the Everytrail brand. Everytrail.com has hundreds of guides and trips posted. They alo did most of the California State Parks. They are part of TripAdvisor, so you know they are good. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can see the whole app on your PC and/or download it at http://www.everytrail.com/guide/half-dome-hike
And for those who don’t want to download the app, I just posted my video on YouTube of going up the cables with my head-mounted GoPro camera. Totally unbroken video non-stop so you can see what it’s like. Go Pro is sold at REI and many outlets. Go <HERE>. Iused iMovie ona MacBook and LOVE the ease of Apple.The folks at the Apple store were great.
Finally, thanks to all who are buying my custom Half Dome TShirts. The inventory is shrinking so get your orders in now. I am in LA Fri-Wed for the National Speakers Association annual convention, so I will not be able to ship. Here’s what is in inventory in the Bldg 4 warehouse: 9 Smalls with Laffing Mr Bones and 11 XL without. I haven’t decided if I will make another run. Depends on you. Go the STORE to order.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “One of these mornings proud and fair – Get on my wings, I’m gonna fly the air. I said it looks like everybody in this whole round world, Lord, they’re down on me.” – Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Company R.I.P. Amy Winehouse, also 27 (like Hendrix, Morrison, Janis).
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com