Half Dome training

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     If you are not living in California you are probably getting tired of us rejoicing in our winter weather. Record highs were set this weekend and we had a tough decision – wash the car, go to the beach or go hiking. I did the latter with 4 of my Hiking 101 students. We did the 5 mile hike up Fremont’s Mission Peak in about 4 hours round trip.  We got about 2,000 ft vertical in. The only bummer was the high winds up top. Even our hiking poles were blown off course. It was so clear we could easily make out San Francisco – why I believe we could even see Russia! 

Pat J, Steve, Pat S, Stan, Mr HD, Farley


At the tippy top 2500'

   Stan is one fellow who is working out early to get in shape for his second Half Dome summit trip. His first was in 1990 – same as my first. He tells me he is convinced that using poles really help out both on the uphills and especially downhill. So I ask you – what are you doing to get/keep in shape for Half Dome in 2011?  Hear me now and listen to me later: Get your accommodations NOW.  That’s the hardest part of the hike. We’re 3 weeks away from the March 1 on-line scramble for Half Dome permits. Mark your day-timer NOW so you don’t miss it. I’ll be back as we get closer with tips on how to secure a ticket.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The longer we look the greater the scenes appear.” Professor O.S. Fowler, Boston MA, 1875

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


7 Responses to “Half Dome training”

  1. alison s Says:

    I’m hoping to climb Half Dome on a weekday in early June – I have March 1st marked in my calendar and can’t wait to hear your tips on getting a pass. I’ll be speed-dialing and mad-clicking refresh in hope of getting 2!

    • mrhalfdome Says:


      I’ll be “spilling the beans” next week to give folks a good shot at tricks of getting permits. For now set up an account on http://www.recreation.gov….profile, email etc. Then go on the site and poke around. Half Dome will not even apear until next week but the gates open at 7 am CA March 1. Buy a good alarm clock. Stock up on cookies and milk and limber up your phalanges.

  2. Cori Says:

    I managed to snag permits for July 10 (YAY)…but we don’t have accomodations yet (I KNOW…:( ). Do you have any recommendations since everywhere is booked? Somewhere just outside Yosemite? Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Keep calling for Curry Village cancellations….remember people need to cancel 7 days before, so something may open up
      If not, I suggest El Portal, the Cedar Lodge. About 45 mins to trailhead. Not too expensive. If you want cheap but a bit
      further try the Yosemite Bug in MidPInes…Hwy 140 also. They even have a hostel area.

      • Cori Says:

        Thank you! That was helpful. I think I’ll make a reservation at the Cedar Lodge, just to have it taken care of.

        How is parking at the Happy Isles lot? If we get there early, we should be OK, yes? And do they let people start hiking before 7:00? (thank you SO much for the info…very useful!!)

      • mrhalfdome Says:

        You can do the hike at any hour. I suggest being on the trail at 5:30 am. You must beat the crowd up to the cables…be there before 11 am and you wil lnot have to wait.

        The is no parking lot at Happy Isles per se. You can park in Curry Village or down a little further towards the cliffs and park in the backpacker lot. You need to get a map/book to orient yourself. Suggest my book, “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome”

      • Cori Says:

        Awesome. Thanks so much for your help! 🙂

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