Archive for December, 2010

The “Standard Mill” lives on

December 30, 2010

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Babbling

December 27, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Hello America. I write you today from 13 degrees, 6 minutes 27 seconds north latitude and 59 degrees, 37 minutes, 78 degrees west longitude. If you look it up I’m at Barbados is in the Lesser Antilles. Not to rub it in, but I did a catamaran / snorkel trip yesterday and got fried – front and back. 86 degrees F here. Ahhhh. 

     I’ve been able to find a cheap internet café from where I write now. Rates of 45 cents a minute at dial-up speeds inhibit frequent internet connections on board the good ship lollipop. Thanks for checking in.

     I hope you all got the consumer goods you wished for during the annual gift exchange. My nephew and nice are getting to old to give dolls and model airplanes to. Yeah I guess late teenagers just want currency. Nothing beats a Red Ryder double action carbine BB gun with a wood stock and a thing which tells time. 

I’ve finally been to poke around the Yosemite sites and it seems everything is dead over the holidays. Since I  have bandwidth today I’ve added a couple pix for your Half Dome fix. Click to enlarge. <<I’m back home the 4th>>

Inside the rock "cave" on the Visor

 

2,000 feet straight down

Unrelated thought worth quoting:“How many times is it appropriate to say “Pardon me?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?” – A wise old man 

 *MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

Where’s Waldo?

December 24, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Hello America! I’m now patrolling the Caribbean off the coast of Antigua. As you may know I lecture occasionally on cruise ships. I’m on Silversea now – a high end small ship. It only has suites and balconies. I gave them an hour of hiking info, then a talk on bicycling and in 3 days I’ll lecture on Yosemite. There are several folks here wanting to make the trip and I will give them the 4-1-1.

We are spending Christmas in 75 degree temps. Sorry to all readers who are in a deluge or blizzard. About 100 guests did not make their flights out of England for this cruise. I got in 2 scuba dives at Grand Turk and did a kayak/snorkel trip today near St Johns. These islands are neat but they get slammed every 10 years or so with a Hurricane.

I’m working with REI to set up the spring Half Dome presentation schedule. I’ll post them to the website once we bottom out. They will begin in March. I just heard that REI is going to build a store in Dublin, CA – near Pleasanton. My next one coming up is Jan 15 in Sonora. I’ll give 2 talks: 1. Someday Never Comes and 2. Half Dome in a day – Anyone can do it.  If you are nearby, come to St at Patrick’s church. More details as we get close.

Internet on board is 45 cents a minute so I am not keeping up with too much at home or at Yosemite. If any big news comes out feel free to write up a guest blog on it and I’ll post it.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: The Americans never walk.  In winter it’s too cold and in summer it’s too hot.” – J.B. Yeats

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

Merry Christmas to all

December 24, 2010

From off the coast of Grand Turk.  Enjoy the holiday and I’ll blog at length soon.

–The management and staff of Carpe Diem Experience, LLC

Yosemite Quiz

December 22, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Heck the weekend is over and back to work. Today I have a guest blog from Norman S. of the Great California Central Valley. In the south it’s called the San Joaquin Valley and up north it’s the Sacramento Valley. I have no idea where the line of demarcation is. Anyway, Norm is offering a quiz for all Domers and wanna-be Domers. So here you go. A perfect score will win you the admiration of your friends and neighbors. Grade you own papers – Honor system and no looking at other’s work. 2 hours in detention if I catch you.  (Harangue Norm if you don’t agree with his answers – see the bottom.) 

1. In 1875, when George Anderson first climbed Half Dome, what was the more common name for the mountain? 

2. What are 3 other names once used for Half Dome? 

3. On the trail to Half Dome, how many major waterfalls and cascades can be seen in the Spring? 

4. What is the only place in Yosemite from which five major waterfalls can be seen?  

5. What are the falls? 

6. In what canyon would you find Lost Valley, Airplane Gully, Inner Gorge, Lower Gorge and Ahwiyah Point? 

7. It’s really a spring, some people consider it the smallest waterfall in Yosemite.  What is it’s name?  

8. What is an older name for the Cathedral Rocks? 

9. What is the closest waterfall to Yosemite Falls?  Hint:  It’s located inside Indian Canyon – to the right of Yosemite Point. It’s hard to see because it’s in the shadows and seasonal. 

10. His name sounds like the French word for wall.  He was one of the first 10 people to summit Half Dome? 

Answers 

1. South Dome 

2. Tis-sa-ack, Rock of Ages, Frances’ Peak  

3. Yosemite Falls, Staircase Falls, llilouette Fall, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Pywiack Cascade, Snow Creek Fall 

4. Sierra Point   

5. Yosemite Falls (Upper and Lower,) Illilouette, Vernal and Nevada

6.Tenaya 

7. Fern Spring.  It’s located just past the Pohono Bridge as you enter Yosemite. 

8. What is an older name for the Cathedral Rocks? 

9. Lehamite Fall 

10. John Muir 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.” – A wise old man 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com 

Winter Solstice

December 21, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

It’s almost time to dance around your backyard Stonehenge. December 21 has been a time of gala festivities for millennia. Some think that the goings on were a precursor to our current Christmas time. What it means to me is the dawning of spring. I know we still have a few months to go, but now the days are no longer getting darker with each revolution. On the 22nd we will gain seconds more of daylight until we no longer have to use our headlights at 4:30 pm. Personally, I can’t stand winter. It’s too easy to veg out after dinner – while during the summer I love being active right up to bedtime. The lack of light is a major contributor to SAD – Seasonal Adjusted Disorder. Aka depression. Many people use artificial light tuned to a certain frequency to bathe in to get their serotonin levels up. Speaking of light – why do people still go to tanning booths? The intense UV-A and UV-B will give you leather skin and melanoma. They’ve proven it as certain as they have proven cigarettes can cause lung cancer. Yet tanning booths are still in business. It is because of the lack of Vitamin D we have been reading about lately? I have mine checked ast week just ot see. 32.5 on the scale. 32 to 99 is viewed as healthy with the lower extreme the better. One less thing to worry about.

 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Festivus – the Holiday for the rest of us.” – George Costanza

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

 

Yosemite Quiz

December 19, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Heck, the weekend is over and back to work. Today I have a guest blog from Norman S. of the Great California Central Valley. In the south it’s called the San Joaquin Valley and up north it’s the Sacramento Valley. I have no idea where the line of demarcation is. Anyway, Norm is offering a quiz for all Domers and wanna-be Domers. So here you go. A perfect score will win you the admiration of your friends and neighbors. Grade you own papers – Honor system and no looking at other’s work. 2 hours in detention if I catch you.  (Harangue Norm if you don’t agree with his answers – see the bottom.)

 1. In 1875, when George Anderson first climbed Half Dome, what was the more common name for the mountain?

 2. What are 3 other names once used for Half Dome?

 3. On the trail to Half Dome, how many major waterfalls and cascades can be seen in the Spring?

 4. What is the only place in Yosemite from which five major waterfalls can be seen? 

 5. What are the falls?

 6. In what canyon would you find Lost Valley, Airplane Gully, Inner Gorge, Lower Gorge and Ahwiyah Point?

 7. It’s really a spring, some people consider it the smallest waterfall in Yosemite.  What is it’s name? 

 8. What is an older name for the Cathedral Rocks?

 9. What is the closest waterfall to Yosemite Falls?  Hint:  It’s located inside Indian Canyon – to the right of Yosemite Point. It’s hard to see because it’s in the shadows and seasonal.

 10. His name sounds like the French word for wall.  He was one of the first 10 people to summit Half Dome?

Answers

 1. South Dome

 2. Tis-sa-ack, Rock of Ages, Frances’ Peak 

 3. Yosemite Falls, Staircase Falls, llilouette Fall, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Pywiack Cascade, Snow Creek Fall

 4. Sierra Point  

 5. Yosemite Falls (Upper and Lower,) Illilouette, Vernal and Nevada

 6.Tenaya

 7. Fern Spring.  It’s located just past the Pohono Bridge as you enter Yosemite.

 8. What is an older name for the Cathedral Rocks?

 9. Lehamite Fall

10. John Muir

 Unrelated thought worth quoting: Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.” – A wise old man 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

Continuing John Muir’s Journey

December 18, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

    Announcing a coming attraction!  The Oakland Museum is putting on a first class exhibition on John Muir. It’s called: “A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey.” I’ve been working with the curator, Dorris Welch, on the Half Dome perspective. We filmed a day at the cables in High Definition last June. I’ve seen the footage and it’s is very cool. The museum will have a large area and will  examine John Muir’s life and we see how he continues to influence our relationship with the natural world. A feature is the theme of “Modern Day Muirs.” These are individuals who continue his energy. Also on display will be several journals, manuscripts, and original drawings.  Block out the dates and put it on your 2011 calendar NOW.  August 6, 2011 – January 22, 2012
 

     If your company, group or association needs a shot of adrenaline at your next gathering, consider a motivation talk from yours truly. I have several topics and I tie in Half Dome as a metaphor for life. It’s not a hiking talk , but will give you a new perspective on goal setting and overcoming obstacles along the way. Take a look at my speaking website <HERE> and have your programs person contact me. I’m booking out my 2011 schedule now and would appreciate a chance to meet your group.  Thanks in advance.

     PS – I’ll be lecturing on the SilverSea Cruise ship in the Caribbean until Jan 4 and will try to feed the blog – check in for the continuing saga of Carpe Diem Experience.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.” – A wise old man

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

Hiking will save your brain

December 17, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Now what were we talking about? Oh yeah, Alzheimer’s. A 20-year study just out sheds light on the value of exercise in slowing the effects of this terrible disease. My late mother suffered the early stages of dementia before she died. It sucks. I’m sure you all know someone with this bugger. With 72 million baby boomers heading to the sunset, medical science has go to solve this. The good thing is the doctors need to fix it for them too. 

    The study followed 426 older adults to see what effects walking had on their brain volume.  The pool included folks in all stages of mental capacity. The result: the more people moved their booty the higher their brain volume – an indicator for cognitive health. Participants who walked 6 miles a week preserved their brain volume noticeably over those who vegged out. Good news for us. So keep it up. A mile day keeps the cobwebs away!  Rust never sleeps. Hiking is just walking with scenery!   

     I am off Sunday morning for 2 weeks in the Caribbean. I don’t get a discount on the Internet so the blogs may wane a bit. I’ll continue to try and post every day, but bear with me. If anyone would like to have a hand at this writing stuff, I welcome guest blogs on topics about Half Dome, Yosemite, gear etc – Like I always do. Just send me a couple paragraphs and I’ll make you a star to hundreds of daily readers.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Don’t let people drive you crazy when you know it’s in walking distance.” – A wise old man. 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

El Cap rescue

December 16, 2010

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Kudos again to YOSAR. Three twenties-ish rock climbers were rescued this week off  the wall of El Cap. This one took 2 days. Sarah Land of Oakhurst was at the wrong end of a hunk of rock that flaked off the wall.  She initially underestimated the effects of the collision and the trio continued their hike until Land called for help about 2:30 pm. Being winter as it is, there wasn’t enough light to get a helicopter on scene.  Fog, cold and approaching snow complicated things. The 3 spent what had to be a very long night strapped to the wall.

     On Monday morning, the Army National Guard sent a Chinook helicopter to the top
of El Capitan, where Rangers Matt Stark and Chris Bellino were lowered to the injured climbers.  The group was then lowered to the base.  A CHP helicopter short-hauled Land to El Capitan Meadow where she was transported out of Yosemite Valley. She should be OK. Over 30 Yosemite National Park Rangers, Yosemite Search and Rescue Team Members and others assisted in this complex technical rescue, putting their lives at risk to rescue the climbers. A tip of the hat to all involved.

      Commercial Message – If anyone wants a Half Dome TShirt for Christmas I MUST have your order by Saturday morning. I’m heading out on another cruise for 2 weeks, so this is your last shot…sale prices still in effect.  Email me first to make sure I have your size and style. See the website <HERE>.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: You can hike for three hours and not even realize you’re working out.  And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.” – Jamie Luner

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com