PSAR helps

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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On Monday last, I encountered the PSAR (Preventative Search and Rescue) folks just before the Happy Isles trailhead to Half Dome. They are there every permit day, early in the morning. Very useful. They have a few rangers and a large table with Half Dome info. They ask folks if they are hiking up to Half Dome and make suggestions as to gear, water, stamina, etc. They are trying to nip problems in the bud. Too many go up without a clue what they are in for. A tip of the hat to Joy Marschall and the PSAR team.




Unrelated thought worth quoting: “No fire can be hotter than the heavenly fire of faith and hope that burns in every healthy boy’s heart.” – John Muir 1913

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


3 Responses to “PSAR helps”

  1. Jonathan H. Says:

    Rick, thanks for the book! It was a big help. I organized a half-dome hike with four others and we went up on Friday the 9th.
    – Bringing a water filter was a great tip. We almost packed enough water not to need it but also gave away about three liters to other hikers who were empty on the way back. They were thankful.
    – Two groups in front of us had some extra people on the hike and not enough permits. We had some extra and I gave them out at the sub-dome. I didn’t realize you could cancel them on the website, which I guess I should have done. The rest of the extra i gave to the rangers at the sub-dome. We started the hike at 6:30AM and I didn’t see the PSAR folks you just posted about, but if there were people or a box down there to stick the extra in I would have rather done that.
    – I realized that I should have drank more water BEFORE starting the hike. I started guzzling on the mist trail but think that drinking some after waking up would have been beneficial.

    • mrhalfdome Says:


      Thanks for the comment. Glad to be of help. Yes, it’s good to “pre-hydrate.” The night before dinner I have about 6 cranberry juices at the Curry Buffet. You just have to deal with making your “bladder gladder” in the middle of the night. Remember, drink before you’re thirsty! Page 52 in BOLD print in the HD bible.

    • mrhalfdome Says:


      Good report….yes water is key.And too many don’t have a clue. The park can’t formalize a return process and a box would get pilfered. They are trying to keep the mob scene down between 10 and 2. If you get there way early you can probably be OK.There are no resources to staff Checkpint Charlie all hours.

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