Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Today’s tale of mystery and imagination is about a friend of mine. We’ll call him Al of Burbank. (Although his real name is Jerry of Pleasanton.) On a glorious late June day, Al began his first hike up Half Dome. An early start of 4:30 was to ensure that everyone made it to the top before the mob. All went well up the Mist Trail then up the switchbacks. When we arrived at the Sub Dome, Jerry … er, I mean Al, was amazed at how high it was. He shot out ahead of us with his excitement fueling his body. When I arrived at the top of Sub Dome I found a perplexed Al hunched over his boots. Both of his soles had come almost 40% off his boots. They just said, “the warranty is up – I’m quitting.” There he sat with soles that were flapping in the wind. BOTH blew out at about the same time. Now that’s weird. He quickly confessed that he should have gotten new boots as these were well over 10 years old. Now what to do? He wrapped them with some adhesive tape (a good idea to pack some). What a hoot.
Well, there was no way he was going to trust them going up the cables. So he sat and waited for the rest of us to head to the top and return over an hour later. The message is that boots can die. I figure maybe 300-400 miles or 5 years of use is max. The rubber molecules and glue just won’t last on a trip to Mars. Even if your boots look good, the innards might be going. Invest in a good pair of boots – the best your budget can afford. Of all the things to have go wrong – your boots need to be good. You can go one with a broken backpack strap or a torn pair of shorts, but refresh your footwear periodically.
Oh, Al told me he is going to have his boots mounted on his office wall.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com