Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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I am happy to announce my relationship with Everytrail (part of the TripAdvisor family) for the creation of a Half Dome Hike Guide that will run on smart devices. EveryTrail offers a large number of trail guides around the world. The free Half Dome Guide by Mr. Half Dome runs on iPhone and Android systems. The guide is a companion piece to the bestselling book: “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome.” The goal was to make the best Half Dome tool available – and we succeeded.
Include are a good trail map and 19 detailed Points of Interest (POI). They contain text and narration of the key spots on the hike, along with vintage and current photos to help interpret the history of the signature landmark of Yosemite. The theme is to provide you with vignettes about the interesting things you will see on your trek up to the top of Half Dome. Even if you are not doing the hike, you will learn quite a bit about it. I have included a series of videos that should be watched while you are preparing for your hike. I discuss and show you the essentials of boot/foot care, water treatment and the use of hiking poles.
You’ll also be able to view several informative short segments before your hike. We show my ascent of the cables wearing a head-mounted camera so you can see exactly what to expect. You’ll enjoy the interview of Royal Robbins, the first person to climb the 2,000 ft vertical face of Half Dome in 1957. Inspirational narratives by Half Dome veterans and other clips will help motivate you.
To download the new Half Dome Hike Guide (not trip and not the $1.99 one)): 1. Search for “EveryTrail” in the Apple App Store or Android Market as appropriate. Click on the FREE> slider. (The PRO version provides enhanced map features for a fee.) 2. Create an account within the EveryTrail app on your device. 3. Then search for the “Half Dome Hike ” GUIDE in the app and click download.
Note 1: iPOD Touch and iPAD devices are not currently supported by EveryTrail for this guide, but they will load and operate in a limited fashion. Videos, narration and image quality may suffer or not work. Go to the “I” icon (top right) and click it – then Use “Offline Data” and DOWNLOAD for better functionality.
Note 2: During your hike, you do NOT need to be connected to the internet to use the basic features of the guide. However, since the videos are via YouTube, internet connection is required and they should be cached on your device in advance. If your device/ mart phone has GPS, you will be able to see your position as you follow the track on the map.
Note 3: RELOAD the guide periodically to get the latest news, info and enhancements.
Note 4: Testing has shown about 70% cell coverage on the hike, depending on service. The antenna is behind the Valley Visitor Center and does not reach in the south shadow of Half Dome. To preserve battery life, turnoff GPS, watch videos while not on the hike and bring a power extender.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.” – Abe Lincoln
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com