Backpacker Magazine

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     There are a few good magazines that every hiker should subscribe to. Outside is one and until recently the National Geographic Adventure magazine was another. They stopped publication of that one and have been sending out National Geographics instead. Too bad – I like the Adventure magazine. Backpacker is pretty good. I mentioned recently that you get it free with a membership to the American Hiking Society.   

An earlier issue had this cover

     The November Backpacker cover features almost the same shot with an idiot standing on the rock that juts out from Glacier Point with Half Dome in the background. This rock has seen dancing girls and even an olde tyme car on it. One breeze and over you go. The same issue (pg 24) listed Half Dome as the 6th most covered peak they have covered (Mt Washington was #1). Then 4 pages later, they highlight the John Muir Trail as their #1 Best trip ever, calling it America’s Most Beautiful trail. Guide companies charge about $4500 to take you along.

     The most recent issue, January 2011, had a nice photo of a marmot on the Half Dome summit with a guy in the background on what they called the “Diving Board.” – Get it right folks; it’s the VISOR, THE VISOR. Then on pg 55, they highlight Half Dome as having All-Star Geology. Even though they flubbed and said it was “glacier formed” – any 3rd grader knows it was above the glaciers.  Then they tell folks that backcountry permits are available 4 months in advance.   Actually it’s 24 weeks. And they say the top is 8,836 feet. I often see this, but the USGS maps say 8,842. It could be that a 6 ft man held his GPS at head level to take the reading, not at ground level!  Yes, I wrote a letter to the editor to correct these.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “13, 35, 22, 9, 42 28” – My fortune at Chef Li’s tonight.

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


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