My weekend at Yosemite


Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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   Welcome back. The Internet at Curry Village has been down for 4 days, making it hard to publish the blog. The word at the park is WATER. Everywhere. Forget the cables for a long time. Sub Dome and its approach are covered – deeply. The Merced alongside the roads is at the banks but not rising higher through the valley. Outside the park along 140 towards Mariposa it is a full-tilt boogie.  

     Blog reader and Half Dome aficionado, Norm S. joined me for a spirited hike up Yosemite Falls. I got some really nice photos.  I even snapped a few at 12 megapixels. Parts of that trail are covered in water, so hiking poles were valuable. The downhill was pretty well mandatory for poles. The tent cabin complex was interspersed with large puddles. Mud was right up to some cabin doors. Fun.

    Behind Curry, as you look up towards the right side of Glacier Point, “Stairstep” Falls was running. It is thin and is seasonal – it is flowing now. Although the temps are in the solid 50+’s, clear skies yield to clouds by the early afternoon so the sun is not melting the snow up high. 7,000 feet or so is the line.

    I’ll be back on line tomorrow with more info on the permits. Things are not like the media is reporting. And a tip of the hat to McDonald’s and Starbucks for offering FREE wifi.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –

13 Responses to “My weekend at Yosemite”

  1. Janet Says:

    Very nice photo.

  2. Jami Lam Says:

    Should we bring our snowshoes to hike to the Sub dome?

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Hard to tell if you are joking…but since you can;t go up the cabels, you could snowshoe up..pretty darn steep up sub dme, though. .. take your skis and shwoosh down.

      Mr HD

      • Jami Lam Says:

        Not joking.. I’ve never been to Yosemite. Should we not even try to climb the Sub dome if we can’t continue up Half Dome? Or should we just focus on another cool hike?

      • mrhalfdome Says:

        You will NOT be permitted to go up Sub Dome w/o a permit. once the cables get up. Before then you can do it….but Sub Dome is very steep.

        Don;t do about the deaths in 2006.

        Do Cloud’s Rest or Panorama trail to Glacier Point..or see the guidebooks.

      • Roberto Hernandez Says:

        You can ALWAYS go UP the cables. They are always there.

      • Roberto Hernandez Says:

        I have seen lots of people hike to the top of subdome in shorts t-shirt, and tennis shoes when the whole shebang is full of snow. It just is not all that difficult. You have to be careful, though, obviously. Remember, even very few of the reckless idiots get injured.

      • Jami Lam Says:

        I do have permits for June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

      • mrhalfdome Says:


  3. Norman S Says:

    Muir wrote that Yosemite Falls has the most powerful voice of all the falls in Yosemite.

    Up close, the sound created when the Upper Yosemite Fall hits the first ledge is a thunderclap. From that sound, the water comets are born. ‘Nevada Fall’ white, the lightening that follows the thunder. And unlike the view from below which gives the impression that they move gracefully, from the trail there is nothing leisurely about their speed. Other than Sentinel dome, this is the only place where all of Yosemite Falls can be seen – but not at the same time. It’s revealed in pieces.

  4. Sönke Says:

    Sounds like you had a good time! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  5. Norman S Says:

    Not to turn the blog into a spelling bee, but the waterfall behind Curry is Staircase Falls.
    Stairstep is a workout program designed to simulate climbing.
    Stairstep is also the name of a waterfall in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Marin Co.

    I’m submitting the comment under an alias – ‘Sonke’ (without the rock dots.) Give him detention.

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