The Half Dome “Final Solution”

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

I’m glad to see the interest being shown by blog readers in the Half Dome Stewardship Plan. Thanks to our UK and German friends for their inputs.

Let’s put some serious thought into our comments. We have until late June, so compose, review and improve your response. Rather then knee-jerk rants, the most useful comments will be listened to. I do not plan to influence you. If you love Half Dome, the hike, the history and your ability to stand on the top, express your sincere feelings. To be best responsive, the NPS has hinted that comments that address the following will get their attention. The most useful types of scoping comments consider the following:

1. Give them alternative approaches and ideas

2. Give them a range of environmental and socioeconomic issues that need to be considered

3. Consider other projects that might be affected

4. Suggest other research that should be done and why

5. Tell them how you use the park and how the Half Dome project might affect that use

Also answer these specific questions in your response: 1. What are your expectations of a Wilderness experience? 2. What are your expectations of a Half Dome experience? 2. How can NPS stewardship of the Half Dome Trail be better aligned with the Wilderness Act?

Call to Action: Read The Wilderness Act of 1964. That’s the source document. It’s 9 pages and you can google for it. Maybe it’s time to say that the Half Dome trail should be removed from being under the umbrella of the Act. e.g. – Does it still “generally appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable?” Think of this as a class project. Read the supporting documents. Spend the time to read the questions and answer them.  Think them out – take your time. Let’s score high.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you can just get your mind together, then come on across to me. We’ll hold hand and then we’ll watch the sunrise from the bottom of the sea. But first – are you experienced?” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


4 Responses to “The Half Dome “Final Solution””

  1. andy Says:

    How can I comment without “knee-jerk rants” ? I’ll try.

    Everyone should read Dean’s post in Mr. HD’s May 16th blog.

  2. andy Says:

    Here’s the link to 1964 Wilderness Act. Enjoy

  3. andy Says:

    After a quick look at the Wilderness Act all I can say is we’re toast.
    If they are going to use that act as a guide there are only two choices.

    1) Remove Half Dome and the trails that approach it from “wilderness” designation. (Yeah, like that’s going to happen)

    2) Remove cables, steps, railings, restrooms, campsites in ANY wilderness areas. Doh!

    In defining wilderness the law specifically includes the statement “without permanent improvements”.
    Permanent improvements define the Half Dome hike. The only hope I see is for the cables to be grandfathered in. Again not likely.

    Let’s look at the positive, my copy of Rick’s book will become a collectors item and a historians look at how much fun they had in the old days.

  4. mrhalfdome Says:

    Good comments guys. Yeah, if anyone wants to do a Guest Blog…just send me an email with the text. The pay is great…er, no there is no pay.

    And I’m not ready to retire the book….but it IS a good idea to buy many copies now before the Smithsonian gets them all!!!

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