I often call the Half Dome hike “Our Mt Everest.” 99.99% of us will never think of climbing the Big Boy. 29,000 feet. Shasta, yes. Whitney, yes…but that’s about it. Maybe Rainier if you are real gutsy.
Did you know that at 19,000 ft your brain will suffer permanent damage? The peak of Half Dome is a hair less than 9,000. Mt Whitney in CA is the highest we have in the lower 48…it’s 14.5K ft. Acceptable for most folks.
Related blog: More on Mt Whitney
I’m not saying Half Dome is on par with Everest….just that it takes the same kind of dedication, training and motivation to do HD.
I love to follow the Everest climbers each May. That’s when the weather breaks enough for summits. This year over 300 were in a long line to get up. Really. More than the number of hikers allowed at Half Dome. Really.
Now we hear that Nepal is prohibiting solo climbers. Seems there have been too many deaths of solitary climbers. 2017 was a record for the number of climbers. Overall, since 1920, 200 people have died on the climb.
This year an 85 year old man died while trying to set the record for the oldest person on top.
In related news, a 43-yr old man climbed alone to a height of 24,000 ft before being found hiding in a cave by officials who took his passport because he did not have a permit to climb Everest. It costs $11,000 just for the permit.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There’s a party goin’ on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your good times and your laughter too…We’re gonna celebrate your party with you– Kool & the Gang
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