Yosemite Spring Forum recap

Glad yall liked the April Fool stunt. Our readership doubled, so you must have sent your friends to the blog. Laffing is good for the soul.

Now back to business. The Yosemite Conservancy Spring Forum was great. Nice to see many of you there.

A special shout out to Maureen L., a frequent commenter to the blog. Superintendent Don Neubacher gave a kick off talk as well as a park update.

The programs were great, including a cool John Muir – Teddy Roosevelt mini-play recreating their meeting on El Cap.

I enjoyed Greg Stock’s Rockslide talk and the bear ranger. Ranger Jack Hoeflick gave a superb YOSAR talk with video and many photos of rescues and recoveries.

Recovery effort - note victim's hands


I did a short video interview (as did dozens of other members) with Steve Baumgardner. He produces the Nature Notes series. I talked up Half Dome but didn’t do any plugs – I  might make the cut. I dunno when this video will air. Plan on the Fall Forum Sept 29 at Wawona, then the next Spring Forum on March 23, 2013. I’ll dribble out more stuff from the Forum in future blogs to keep this short.  Don’t be a “poser” – join the Yosemite Conservancy.

I left thepark at 4 pm Saturday. Just as the rain was changing to heavy snow….34 degrees By the time I got to El Cap on Northsicde Dr I was getting worried I’d have to chain up. Hwy 120 and 41 were chains already – but I made it down the lower Hwy 140. By El Portal it was just a drizzle. I wonder if folks got stranded at the park.

Oh, I almost freaked out Friday night. I stayed at the Yosemite Bug in Midpines – in the “co-ed” dorm – 12 beds. Wow, I am an old fart….this was weird. As I was shaving at 6 am Saturday morning, a woman walked into the co-ed bathroom, closed the stall door and proceeded to, well, er, “toilet.”  Yikes.

Reminder: The Planning Group is hosting a Merced River Plan workshop on April 4 in San Fran. If you can get to this one, it’s 5:30-8 p.m. at Fort Mason Center’s Golden  Gate Room. Also, consider joining a 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 11 webinar—register at  yose.webex.com. I’ve been on the first webinar and saw the MRP preso at the Forum so I’m not going. I even got a nice hard copy of the Workbook – much easier to read than the PDF on screen. You can pick one up at any of the in-person workshops. I’ve blogged a lot about the many, many changes that could occur. Speak up and get your comments in by April 20 or some special interest group, 7 states away may decide the fate of the park.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I will follow my instincts, and be myself for good or ill.” – John Muir 

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

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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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3 Responses to Yosemite Spring Forum recap

  1. Phil Stevens says:

    “Speak up … or some special interest group, 7 states away …” Ah, that’s why it’s designated as Yosemite National Park and not Yosemite State Park. For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People!

  2. Maureen L says:

    hi, Rick,

    it was great to see you at the Spring Forum.

    I’ve enjoyed many a stay in the women’s dorm at the Bug.

    I’m not quite adventurous enough, or not quite European enough, to go for the coed dorm! Or maybe it’s that I only have sisters; no brothers.

    The Superintendent’s session was very informative about the growth in numbers of visitors and crowding in the park. He took several questions in addition to updates on the Merced River Plan and some glorious photos of Yosemite’s “sister parks.” They plan to have a sister park with similar terrain on every continent.

    One thing I learned was that 25% of the Park’s summer visitors are international. That’s even higher than I thought, and I am always awed that folks would come to visit our sacred places.

    The Conservancy really does value supporters at any level, so I encourage anyone who loves the Park to check them out. Plus you get a number of discount coupons on lodging, meals, gift shops, and always a 15% discount in the park Visitor Center stores that the Conservancy runs, and their online site.

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