I was at Yosemite Saturday to hike my 36th Half Dome. It was VERY cold overnight (40F) and I decided not to leave at my usual 5:30 am. I stayed in the warm sleeping bag 2 more hours and started the 16-mile RT hike at 7:30.
It remained cold until about 9 and had to shed my fleece jacket. I hid it under a boulder near Register Rock, just off the bottom of the Mist Trail. (It was there when I returned). There was only a wisp of Vernal Fall mist and a poncho was not required. This is very odd for May. The falls will be dry by early July, if they last that long.
I did not get a permit in the March lottery nor the 2-day mini-lottery, so I practice what I preach – do the hike and ask if anyone had an open slop in their permit. It only took about 10 minutes to hit the jackpot. 5 guys from the Bay area were nice enough to let me go up after one of their party got sick. YES!
The cables were moderate. Skies were clear and sunny, but a chill wind prevailed. I will blog more on the information I picked up. Lots of neat pix once I get them downloaded. A few surprises from DNC this year.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Dalai Lama
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com