The Ankle

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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     The Ankle  – No I’m not talking about the name of a climbing route up Half Dome. I am bemoaning my sprained ankle suffered on my last Half Dome hike. I am glad I had on my high top boots or it would have really been worse. All you low-cut trail shoe wearers take heed. So I’m at the top of the cables Monday ready to head down and I step on one of those 2-inch high sawed off pipes. My foot bends outward and I hear a crunch. Crud!! 

     Now I have to hobble down the cables with only one strong side to brake. The center of the cables is so worn that I basically slide down between poles. I sure don’t understand folks who wear soft shoes (?) After sneaking past several hikers with home-made “deathtrap” harnesses, I got to the bottom and limped off. Then the 400 foot trek down Sub Dome. Again, thankful for my trekking poles. Funny that although the foot swelled up I felt no real pain and could put some weight on it. I actually could walk pretty normally. Of course I managed to get off balance twice and ping the ankle again. I was really glad then that we were staying in Little Yosemite Valley. Going the next 2,000 feet that day would have been really hard. A couple of Tylenol and 9 hours sleep got me to Tuesday morning. But then I had to get down to my car with a 43 pound pack on. Again, it did not hurt, but it was turning blue on the edges and was tender. If I took it slow and deliberate and used my poles to balance and brake I did fine. Only 2 hours down the JMT to the car. When I got home to our adobe in San Jose-by-the-sea, I saw my doctor who confirmed it was not broken but was told to stay off of it for 6 weeks. So, massive hikes are out for awhile A good cross training routine if you have this type of injury is water aerobics. Running in water is very easy on your joints and you can actually sweat in the pool.  So pick out the lessons from my tale for yourself. Poles, high top boots, Advil and luck!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The forests of America, however slighted by man, must have been a sweet delight to God; for they were the best He ever planted.” – John Muir, 1897
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


6 Responses to “The Ankle”

  1. Dean Says:

    Nasty bruise…I have one of my own in exactly the same place, compressed my ankle last week playing soccer.

    Need to take it easy as my wife and I along with our springer Sam are off on the West Highland Way in 2 weeks, a 100 mile trek from Glasgow to Fort William.

    Get well soon.

  2. John Lauer Says:

    *** So pick out the lessons from my tale for yourself. Poles, high top boots, Advil and luck! *** And… DO NOT STEP ON SAWED-OFF POSTS

  3. Stalin Says:

    Scary! Glad you were able to make it home safe.

  4. kathy Says:

    Sorry about your ankle, Rick.

    Has anyone done Half Dome as a two day from Glacier Point? I hear an option is Glacier Point on the Panorama to Little Yosemite Valley to Half Dome and then back down the John Muir. Anyone done this? How was it? Is it a better two day option that up from the Valley Floor?

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Not me…but you have to DRIVE up to Glacier Point early…or get a buddy to haul you…then it’s downhill a lot but exposed to the rising sun. A LONG hike to Nevada Fall. I consider it cheating. Kinda like taking the tram at the Great Wall! :>)

  5. AL Says:

    We were planning a twofer hike of Cloud’s Rest and Half Dome … We underestimated Cloud’s Rest if starting from the valley. It is tougher than HD that way and it was too much for my son. I cant wait to do it again who is strong enough to join me.


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