Snowboard down Half Dome

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 –

4 Responses to “Snowboard down Half Dome”

  1. John Lauer Says:

    Is this the highest resolution available? There is not enough detail to make out human form.

  2. John Lauer Says:

    Anyone see the STORY on the EL CAPITAN QUARTER for 2010? The monolithic rock face of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan will grace a new quarter to be released this summer by the U.S. Mint.

    Designs unveiled Wednesday in Washington, D.C., show the 3,000-foot rock formation towering over the Merced River on one side of the 25-cent coin. George Washington will keep his place on the heads side.

    The Yosemite coin, which will first be circulated in June, is one of five new designs announced to kick off the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

    Over the next 12 years, the U.S. Mint will issue 56 new quarters depicting national parks, forests and wildlife refuges in the order in which the sites were established.

    Other honorees include Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas and Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest.

    Congress set aside the land that would become Yosemite National Park in 1890, and since then, El Capitan, a favorite among climbers, has become an icon of California’s wilderness.

    The design was one of several candidates made in consultation with representatives of Yosemite National Park, according to the U.S. Mint.

    — Tony Barboza

    Photo: An artist rendering shows Yosemite National Park as one of five new commemorative quarters. Credit: U.S. Mint

  3. mrhalfdome Says:

    Yes, the Mint is making up games to sell more product. I write stories for the Yosemite Gazette. I discussed the 2005 Quarter in the Oct-Dec 2009 issue as well as a mention in my book. For next issue I discuss the follow-on program you mention. You can subscribe to the Gazette through their website.

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