Mini Rockfall off Glacier

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
     While hiking at Yosemite in mid-February, we went up the John Muir Trail to Clark Point. We were in snow above 5000 feet. As we were returning down the many switchbacks, and near a southwestern cliff, we heard a very heavy, deep staccato noise.  A sharp, crack/thud  sound  from the cliff area. We looked left and saw some blowing snow and concluded it was a rockfall. Perhaps only a small one as we did not hear or see anything further. This is the cliff area.

     It is not too far from the Glacier Point area where major rock falls occurred in 1996 and 1999. We had to continue down and passed the cliff near where we heard the crack sound. Kinda unnerving to say the least. Hardhats may be required in the future.
     In follow-up to the blog of March 12, about the Peregrine Falcons, word now is that the nest atop San Jose City Hall has four eggs. Momma Clara is doing her duty keeping them heated and secure. Hatching are expected by Easter. Follow the action (like watching paint dry) <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Aside from the money profit one would rather herd wolves than sheep.” – John Muir, 1869
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


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