Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
When I give talks I love to offer my suggestions for stuff to bring on the Half Dome hike. After 28 times I have bottomed out on the optimum. I try to make it clear that I only can give my recommendations – you decide what works for you. For example, I really don’t like backpacks for this hike. My back gets too sweaty and any weight will cause my lower back to ache later in the day. I love fanny packs….they keep the weight at my center of gravity and my upper torso free as a bird. So here ya go: Here’s the RangerRick (not really a Ranger) Half Dome kit. Click to make HUGE.
And it all fits into my fanny pack. From grub, to water filter pump to my flashlight. And I have an expanded checklist that I print out and go thru both at home and before I begin the hike.
Snows may hit sea level in Silicon Valley. If 2500 ft Mission Peak is white Friday am I may drive up with my winter garb and try to get some pix. Brrrrr-i-to. Anyone else game? Come on, it’s Friday and I’ll write you a note!
FLASH – The Park will be having Spring workshops on the Merced River Plan and . . . are you sitting?) they will be using a WEBINAR for us flatlanders to participate. More on that tomorrow!!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountain-top it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make – leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents or piled stone – we all dwell in a house of one room – the world with the firmament for its roof – and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track.” – John Muir
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com