Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
What? Are you crazy? I hope I’m not (maybe a little off balance) but you may call Jim Zellers such. It was 10 years ago to the month (March 13, 2000), that he did the above – actually rode his snowboard down the backside of Half Dome. He was 34 then. OK, if no photo then he didn’t do it. Here you go:
This shot taken by Richard Leversee shows Zellers heading down just to the right of the cables. He rode the thin layer of snow over 800 feet to the saddle. Cuting tight hairpin traverses all the way down. Then he climbed up and did it again. Zeller is no novice. He was the first to scoot down Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft), Nepal’s Pumori (23,494 ft), New Zealand’s Mt. Cook (12,316 ft) and Africa’s Mt. Kenya (17,058 ft). Whew.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Crazy, I’m crazy for feeling so lonely. I’m crazy, crazy for feeling so blue. I knew you’d love me as long as you wanted and then someday you’d leave me for somebody new.” – Patsy Cline
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com