KDOM back at full power

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Station K-D-O-M is back at Carpe Diem Experience corporate headquarters in San Jose, CA broadcasting at full authorized power.

     A bit jet lagged from the flight from Athens but alert and ready to hit the keyboard. The first thing I notice is the crummy weather. Gee, I go away for a while and you still haven’t gotten the snow to stop??  I hear that Squaw Valley will be open this weekend for skiing.  The Yosemite weather report is stuck for the weekend at: Rain and snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Snow level 5000 feet. The Park Conditions link tells me:  The Half Dome cables will not be in place over the May 28-31 permit period. With no hint as to when – but they really don’t know. Then I open my stack of mail and find a gob of Half Dome cables passes – but they are useless due to the snow. The sad part is I gave them away at my talks to folks who now won’t be able to go.  The only bright side is that a minor heat wave will arrive next week. I never plan an HD trip before June … let’s remember the spring of ’10 for next year’s planning. Despite the “NO Half Dome” state of affairs, the park will still be jammed. If you go, do some of the other neat hikes. And bring tire chains!!
     A week ago a climber on El Capitan fell 65 feet, sustained head and chest injuries, and was unconscious. It happened on a prominent feature on the route known as the El Cap Spire, located about 1,600 feet above Yosemite Valley. He was helicoptered to Doctors Medical Center of Modesto.
     Product alert – My favorite hiking boots are the Vasque Breeze GTX. Awesome shoes.. Mel Cotton’s of San Jose is selling them for $99 this weekend. Usually $140!!! 
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’m back in the saddle again. Out where a friend is a friend, where the longhorn cattle feed on the lowly gypsum weed, I’m back in the saddle again,” Gene Autrey
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


8 Responses to “KDOM back at full power”

  1. andy Says:

    Welcome back. Now in full training for June 9th HD trip. This will be the second time for me and my son. This trip my 25 year old daughter is making the trek along with a friend of mine and his daughter. A real family affair.
    Just need lots of sun and the cables up!

  2. mrhalfdome Says:


    Best of luck. I’d try to meet you but I will be on a Harley from Jun 4-14 thru Utah.

    Thanks for your support!!

  3. David Says:

    Hi Rick,

    Welcome back. Assuming the cables are up by mid-June, do you have any thoughts on what the quality of hiking conditions might be like at that time. Given all the snow and rain, I am thinking things might be quite slushy/muddy and that the mist around the falls very dense? Will it even be worth doing the hike in mid-June?


  4. John Says:

    Not only nasty mist, some trail areas are streams and shoWers come from above too

  5. Dean Says:

    I see a couple of meetings have been announced regarding the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan…


    Is that normal Rick…2 meetings for the whole of California to discuss arguably the most important hiking trail in the world? Doesn’t seem like many to me…maybe there will be more?

    Wish I could go…

    Hope the weather over there improves for you guys…that’s something I never thought I’d say to Californians ;o)

  6. mrhalfdome Says:

    For the Merced River Plan they had 14 meeting sites. But the average turnout was about 10 people. Apathy abounds. The scoping ends June 25, so I bet this is it.

    I’ve asked for a video/telecon/carrier pigeon conference hook-up to get more involvement…oh well.

    I will be at the Berkeley one. Anyone else give a squat??? Be there in huge numbers – or watch TV that night.

  7. andy Says:

    Hope this isn’t just a dog and pony show showing that they “care”.

    See a portion of the agenda below. Notice that what we care about, the cables, is WAY down the list. When they start talking salamanders, the debate has been moved way past crowded cables. Looks like the Berkeley meeting is the only one I have a chance to go to.

    “Vegetation damage and soil loss on and near the trail corridor, including many sections that are very wide and deeply eroded.
    Habituation of wildlife along the trail corridor, and particularly at the summit and Subdome, from improper food storage and feeding.
    Threats to a population of the Mt. Lyell Salamander, a California Species of Special Concern.
    Severe crowding on the Subdome, summit and cables, including long lines to use the cables.
    High volume of visitors utilizing the trail and cables.”

  8. John Says:

    FYI, I just got the automated call that the cables will not be up for the June 4th-6th weekend.

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