Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
To answer a couple of email inquires … here is a photo of the shock corded carabineer set you need to attach to your mountaineering harness.
A straight strip of nylon cording could snap when your body weight pulls abruptly upon a fall. Climbers use shock cords that gradually applies the force on the nylon. All this means you just down walk into the Big Box sport-a-rama and pull some stuff off the shelf. Seek out a true mountaineering store or outfitters that employ seasoned climbers. A part-time high school kid will not be the most reliable clerk in most cases. You need to talk to sales people who have actually worn the gear you are seeking.
I will be at Yosemite Fri-Sat and unknown if I will be able to write a blog. I need to stay in El Portal at the Cedar Lodge and their wifi / internet capability is Spartan. Have fun and carpe diem – until that time. If you are at the park. I’ll be giving a talk at the Le Conte Memorial Lodge (across from Housekeeping) Saturday at 8 pm.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A man in his books may be said to walk the world long after he is in his grave.” – John Muir 1873
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com