Poster Girls

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
I have found my Half Dome Poster Girls. 3 South Bay women found a passion – getting to the top of Half Dome. Janet S. a community service officer, Linette A. an administrative assistant and Shari T. a respiratory therapist  have hiked together almost every weekend for the past year and half. It’s a great fitness routine and gets them together to share the intimate details of life in Silicon Valle.  Last winter the City of Campbell encouraged their employees to set goals and many decided to do a summer trip to Yosemite to hike Half Dome.  The women all felt this would be a massive adventure and one that they would cherish. In February I gave at talk to the Campbell folks at the Trailsloggers store in downtown in Campbell.  It was through my slides and presentation that the women realized exactly what they signed up for! It looked very imposing. They later commented that the video clip I show of people going up the cables made the greatest impact on them. They bought my book (One Best Hike, Yosemite’s Half Dome) and virtually memorized it. They bought trekking poles, good hiking boots, a water filter pump  and all the recommended gear. They hit the local hiking trails almost every weekend for long uphill hikes. I ran into them on one of my Mission Peak hikes and gave some tips on how to use the poles. I encouraged them to keep at it and the rewards would be worth it. Their big day finally arrived on September 18. I am happy to report that they made it to the top in prime form. To quote Shari, “The hike itself was so strenuous both physically and mentally but all three of agree that it was so entirely fabulous and worthwhile, especially when we finally MADE IT TO THE TOP!” 

Janet, Shari & Linette on top

Janet, Shari & Linette on top

To complete the story, last week I gave a Yosemite talk at the same Trailsloggers store. They arrived all dressed in YOSEMITE T-Shirts. By their insistence, I performed the initiation ceremony for first time “Domers” that I wrote about in Chapter 5. They drank from the sacred goblet of Chief  Tenaya. 

Solemn Domer initiation ceremony

Solemn Domer initiation ceremony

 I later gave them Certificates of Accomplishment. If there were ever “Poster Girls” for Half Dome – I nominate these 3. Real enthusiasm and motivation allowed them to reach their goal. I now need to convince them to do it every year! Carpe Diem!


I’m still looking for comments on the Ken Burns National Parks show on PBS. I have my own, but want you guys to go first.


Check the weather – snow coming to the Sierra – be careful!


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You’re pushin’ too hard, pushin’ on me. You’re pushin’ too hard, what you want me to be. You’re pushin’ too hard about the things you say, you’re pushin’ too hard every night and day. You’re pushin’ too hard – pushin’ too hard on me.”  – The Seeds

*Mr. Half Dome -Rick Deutsch –


6 Responses to “Poster Girls”

  1. Justin L Says:

    I missed the show, and now hope there is a repeat. If not you need to let me know if its worth the 100 bucks to buy it. I am waiting to hear from you.

  2. Laurie Says:

    I did catch a portion of the Ken Burns National Parks movie. Unfortunately I turned it on in the middle of the Yosemite section. I thought it was really interesting and I learned a lot about Yellowstone inlcuding the misfortunes of the gentleman who was lost for 37 days in Yellowstone. The scenary was beautfiul and I had fun identifying the voices of the people doing the narration. Picked out Alan Thicke and Tom Boudet (Motel 6 – We’ll leave the light on”. I wouldn’t mind seeing it all the way through.

  3. Bryant Berk Says:

    You can watch what you missed, on the PBS website, for a little while anyway.

  4. JimmyBean Says:

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, 🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  5. Susie Says:

    Where can I buy a poster of these beautiful goal-oriented ladies?! They are so inspiring. I am heading to Yosemite this weekend and I will keep their achievement on my mind as an inspiration to climb my own mountains!

  6. Linette Says:

    Go Susie, Go! Climb your mountains!
    Mr. Half Dome gave us the information we needed to be successful as first time “Domers”, and we are grateful. What an awesome experience!

    Carpe Diem!
    ‘Poster Girl’ Linette 🙂

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