Season recap

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
Get or Give Half Dome permits<HERE>
     With just a few hiking days left at Half Dome it’s time to bundle things up for another season. But don’t go away. I continue to write this blog every day. Well, except when I am camping or on a cruise ship. So keep us bookmarked and continue your passion for Half Dome. If you are curious, you are among about 250 daily readers of this missive. The GET OR GIVE PERMITS thread had over 350 hits. Neat. I also do a FACEBOOK page. Just search for Mr. Half Dome. I’m not into FB as the younger generation, but try to put blips on occasionally. Sorry, I don’t tweet. We’ve sold close to 8,000 “One Best Hike: Yosemite Half Dome” books. But I am not getting rich of royalties. Authors don’t. But it’s great that so many people are now at least educated on the hike. Thanks to those who have sent me personal emails with good comments. We are going to wait for the second edition (with a whole lot more stories and info) until after the Permit situation is settled. So target is a spring 2012 release. If you have ideas, let me know. I just got one saying I need to emphasize that upper body strength is key to getting up the cables. Done. Also some folks had trouble finding the top of Sub Dome and didn’t know which way to go once the steps ended. Done.
    Also you can help feed Yosey (as in Yosemite), our 5 lb Yorkie, by getting a TShirt to celebrate your achievement. Just go to my website under STORE. Ditto on the 1 hour presentation via Mindbites. Also thru the website. And I also can give private hiking presentations to your group as well as Motivational talks. For this go to my speaking website at
    It looks like 2010 sailed thru without any Half Dome falls. Whew. Be sure to book your accommodations reservations NOW for 2011. And stay tuned in for info on the plan for 2011 permits. As I find out I will let you know. Cables for 2011 should be up by mind-May – snowfall depending. Plan on them every day.  Don’t forget George Anderson Day, Oct 12. I fly back to the Homeland outta Monte Carlo tomorrow and will catch up with you Americans and friends of the USA soon. Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.” – O.A. Battista

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


One Response to “Season recap”

  1. john Says:

    Hmmm, which way to go once on top of sublime. Not backwards and down. Go right, you fall. Go left, you fall. How about strait ahead?! Just kidding, I know you have to mosey on ahead before you can see the cable route. The railed overlook next to where upper Yosemite Fall spills off the cliff is also a trick to find. All the other hikers were telling me it did not exist, and that the park service would never build such a thing. You have sold 8000 books total over all the years? Do a Facebook tiein for the 2012 edition, it will sell like wildfire. “One best LIKED hike for Facebook Fans” Include a cover shot of you drinking a Bud Light at the top, and the book is good as gold. Then write your autobiography, call it “SH*T MR Halfdome Says”

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