What’s it like now at Half Dome?

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    NEWS:  Two hikers died after falling into the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on Wednesday morning. They were in a group of 5 at the end of their multi-day trip. They were crossing a bridge that was filled with water from rain and snow runoff.

     Blog reader and Domer Andy P. sent in this report about his Half Dome hike 2 days ago. It’s fun to read about what it’s actually like. The Mist Trail is a hurricane of wind and spray. Even with ponchos, people are getting doused. Part of the fun. Don’t be a wimp by going up the dry JMT instead. 

Threatening clouds looked like they were going to roll in all day but they never did. You could see the rain far off in the distance. It was pretty windy on top and a little cool. We arrived on top about 1:30.  The wind was howling over the saddle, it felt like a wind tunnel.

When we past the checkpoint the Ranger said only about 130 people had checked in. As expected the water flows were huge. I was most impressed with the flow over Nevada Fall. It was truly awesome.


Ron & Andy on the Visor



Unrelated thought worth quoting: Oh yes, I’m the great pretender. Pretending I’m doing well. My need is such, I pretend too much. I’m lonely but no one can tell.” – The Platters 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


8 Responses to “What’s it like now at Half Dome?”

  1. Roberto Hernandez Says:

    Rick, I have no explanation for email “bounce”. Did you get my email?

  2. Dean Says:

    Hi Rick,

    I’m sure you’ve mentioned this before but can you remind me what the procedure for cancelled permits is once you are in the valley?

    I’m thinking about somebody who arrives in the valley with printed out permits but doesn’t need them…how do they turn them in and how do those without permits get their hands on them?


    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      Dean, he answered this in the post just below. Take them to the Valley Wilderness Center. Prospective hikers also go there to get them. Now, if I could only get my $6 back from my voided permits. All the info on here led me to believe they were refundable

  3. Maureen L Says:

    They closed the bridge at Wapama Falls after the two backpackers were swept away.

  4. Maureen L Says:

    News on public radio KQED this evening said one of the backpackers who died was trying to help the other who was swept off his feet (?).

  5. Sönke Says:

    For those of you coming up from 395 North:

    Refuel in Bishop. Lone Pine is plus 10 cents, Independence and Big Pine are plus 20 cents. Tioga Gas Mart in Lee Vining is close to plus US$1 per gallon compared to Bishop.

    Also bring lots of bug juice. Lots of mosquitos in the valley. I got bitten real bad within 5 minutes while unloading my car.

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