Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
What a gorgeous fall day at Yosemite. Clear skys and about 75 degrees. I snagged a $40 tent cabin. Usually this time of year it’s cold at night, but the high pressure ridge will keep things in the low 50’s. The crowds are down and parking is a breeze. The gate had a sign saying all campgrounds were full. The trail crew got a little behind and the support poles and 2×4’s are all off the rock today.
My plan is to get up at the usual time (5:30) and hit the dirt up the Mist Trail. The goal is to get to the Diving Board. The real Diving Board on the west side of Half Dome where Ansel Adams took his famous face shots. I’ve found some info on the net and have printed out a guide route. Go to Little Yosemite Valley, and hang a left when the hills on the left peter out. Swing between Lost Lake and Mt Broderick then descend and stay in the woods and go up. I have my GPS and will give it the college try. There is some scrambling and fighting thru Manzanita but I have my full fingered gloves, long pants and gaters. I’ll use my poles as far as I can then stuff them into my backpack. I’ll get water at the Merced. I have a 2 liter camelback and a 1 liter Nalgene. Tons of beef Jerky and trail mix. Sunrise is not until 6:30 so I’ll use my headlamp. If I don’t blog tomorrow night, send the dogs. The wifi at Curry is acting up so I hope to get a blog out. I’ll give a summary Thursday night if I’m not famished. The hike is about 10 hours RT.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com