Yosemite Project Management Division

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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The Yosemite Yosemite Project Management Division is pretty darn busy this year. Take a look at the projects they are managing. There are 147 of them.

The Merced River Plan is a key one for all of us. It will impact how life goes on in the future in the park. The Merced flows right down the valley and by law it needs to be protected. We are talking canyon wall-to-wall. So things may change radically. Transportation, recreation and a variety of issues must be resolved. There will be a series of public workshops to present  the options they have identified which will form the basis for feasible alternatives. Sessions will be held October 27, 28 and 29 and November 7 and 9. They will be held at different locales including one in San Francisco. The presentations will be available online via webinar.  For more information about the Merced River Plan dial in  www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/mrp.htm.

A tip of the hat to the Environmental Planning & Compliance Branch of the Project Management Division, the Wilderness Branch of the Visitor and Resource Protection Division and the Visitor Use and Social Science Branch of the Resources Management and Science Division.

While we’re talking about Planning … did you know that all those little signs that were put up to remind us to have our Half Dome permits were managed by a project called the Half Dome Trail Interim Permit System Trailhead Signs.

Here’s the guiding words:

The interim safety measure to require day-use permits on the Half Dome Trail requires that temporary signs be installed to inform hikers of the need for a permit to access Half Dome. Signs would be installed in the following locations:

1) Happy Isles – John Muir Trail Trailhead (developed)

2) Happy Isles – Stock Trail Trailhead at water tank (developed)

3) Glacier Point – Panorama Trailhead (developed)

4) Sub dome along the Half Dome Trail – 1.5 miles from the intersection with the John Muir Trail and 0.5 miles from the summit of Half Dome (wilderness)

5) Sunrise Trailhead (developed)

6) Curry Village Campground Office Trailhead (developed)

7) Wilderness Parking Lot Trailhead (developed)

Existing signposts would be used wherever possible. Any new signposts would be made of wood or weathering steel. The 12″×9″ signs would read: “Hiking to Half Dome? Don’t forget your permit! Permits needed Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.” The signs would have a simple graphic with a brown or green background and would include the NPS arrowhead on a black banner.

Here’s an unrelated observation. I went to San Jose’s Valley Fair Mall today. Man, what an experience. It’s been a while since my last trip. I hate shopping. The center aisles are now filled with kiosks of “junk.” All kinds of cell phone, scarf, steamers, calendars, perfume and whatever jammed in taking over most of the walking space. The oddest one was a small area that catered to eyebrow primping. There was a young man sitting on what looked like a barber’s chair getting his eyebrows “fixed” by a woman in a white lab coat – as if we think she’s medically trained. Then the QUOTE Sales people UNQUOTE jump out at you to hawk things. Gee, how do I live without a remote controlled toy helicopter? At least the Xmas stuff wasn’t up yet.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.”  – JohnMuir 

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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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