Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Today’s lesson in your Half Dome 101 class will focus on the early days of the cable system. As you all know from your studies, George Anderson put up a rope system to get to the summit in 1875. The rope came and went with the snows until Hall McAlister ponied up the dough to have the Sierra Club build the cable system in 1919. In honor of the accomplishment, a small wooden arch was erected at the base of Sub Dome.
You can still see the remnants of the base of the arch. It is right where the rangers check for permits. A few blocks stacked up is all that remains. Being made of wood it didn’t last long in the harsh winters of the Sierra. To remember Anderson, the following plaque was erected at the arch. It’s gone also.
There was a 2003 project by the NPS to consider building an interpretive piece to hark back to those days. Nothing has been done. Next time up there, imagine what it must have looked like in person. It may be time to honor George Anderson. Class dismissed. Don’t forget your papers are due Friday.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I hate to wake you up to say goodbye. But the dawn is breaking, it’s early morn. The taxi’s waiting, he’s blowing his horn, Already I’m so lonesome I could cry.” – “Leaving On A Jet Plane”, Peter, Paul and Mary
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com