Yosemite Multimedia Day

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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     Today I want to depart from my usual babbling and share some stuff for your eyes and ears. First is a superb panorama photo taken on Sentinel Dome.  Click to enlarge for full impact.

     The photographer is Half Dome veteran Sonke K. of Germany. This guy hauls about 30 pounds of cameras, lenses, tripods and associated paraphernalia over the pond to capture some great shots of the park.  (My credit card Casio is good enough for me.) He and his lovely wife, Esther, visited our little country earlier this month. I really am impressed with the view of Yosemite Falls. This photo was software stitched together in the dark temperature/humidity controlled basement of the Carpe Diem Experience lab in Hamburg.

     Next, I want to hype my FREE Half Dome Hike app. Many of you have downloaded it. We’ve had about 400 to date. It is totally free and I get nada from you. I can use any comments to improve it. It resides on my laptop and I update it regularly – and add NEWS inthe tips section as significant things happen. So RELOAD often.  I wnt to hear back form anyone who has used it on the trail. It’s in the cloud for iPhone and Android under the Everytrail brand. Everytrail.com has hundreds of guides and trips posted. They alo did most of the California State Parks. They are part of TripAdvisor, so you know they are good. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can see the whole app on your PC and/or download it at http://www.everytrail.com/guide/half-dome-hike

      And for those who don’t want to download the app, I just posted my video on YouTube of going up the cables with my head-mounted GoPro camera. Totally unbroken video non-stop so you can see what it’s like. Go Pro is sold at REI and many outlets. Go <HERE>.  Iused iMovie ona MacBook and LOVE the ease of Apple.The folks at the Apple store were great.

     Finally, thanks to all who are buying my custom Half Dome TShirts. The inventory is shrinking so get your orders in now. I am in LA Fri-Wed for the National Speakers Association annual convention, so I will not be able to ship. Here’s what is in inventory in the Bldg 4 warehouse: 9 Smalls with Laffing Mr Bones and 11 XL without. I haven’t decided if I will make another run. Depends on you. Go the STORE to order.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: One of these mornings proud and fair – Get on my wings, I’m gonna fly the air. I said it looks like everybody in this whole round world, Lord, they’re down on me.Janis Joplin, Big Brother & the Holding Company R.I.P. Amy Winehouse, also 27 (like Hendrix, Morrison, Janis). 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


8 Responses to “Yosemite Multimedia Day”

  1. Matt Says:

    While I haven’t used the app on the Half Dome hike, yet 🙂 I can speak to the quality of Rick’s content and the app in general. Its freakin great! You can also use it to track your hikes and create your personal guides/trips.

  2. Dean Says:

    Fantastic panorama…is that Mount Starr King on the right hand side? Looks like an interesting ridge 🙂

    I’m planning a “rest day” hike up Sentinel Dome and over to Taft Point, the day after I tackle Clouds Rest…I’ll see what I can get out of my 17-40 while I’m there 😉

    Then it’s either North Dome or maybe a Ranger guided hike if they are going somewhere interesting…looks like there might be a Glen Aulin hike during our stay.

    • Maureen L Says:

      If you’re planning on Glen Aulin, give yourself a full day so you can go down past it to the amazing series of falls, culminating with Waterwheel.

      About 16 miles round trip and about 2000 feet elevation loss.

    • Sönke Says:

      Thanks, Dean! 🙂

      Yes, it’s Mount Starr King on the right hand side. I heard it’s a very good hike but requires some technical climbing. Maybe I’ll tackle it one day.

      A “rest day” to Sentinel Dome and over to Taft Point sounds good. Lots of photo opportunities and the 17-40 is a fantastic lens. You’ll be very happy. Don’t forget to bring a polarizer.

      For the panorama I made 20 single shots @ 16mm f/11 setting with my 11-16mm/2.8 lens and stitched them together. When I got some time I’ll do some photoshopping for better results. 😉 The original panorama is more than 30,000 pixels wide and has pretty good details.

      I really like the Glen Aulin hike and as Maureen already pointed out the series of waterfalls and scenery is amazing.

      However I greatly enjoyed hiking to North Dome and the North Face just looks spectacular plus you’ll see features on it I never noticed before. This is from October 2010:

  3. Maureen L Says:

    North Dome going in from the Porcupine Creek trailhead on Tioga Road is a pretty easy hike, as lonn as you have good Yosemite sketchy trail finding skills and don’t go cross country. Something like 8 to 9 miles.

    Take the little side excursion to the natural arch.

    There’s one place where the trail heads down to the left at a huge Jeffrey pine, and then the final approach down to the summit of the dome is also a trail that takes a sharp left down alongside a rock wall.

    It’s hugely rewarding.

    You can also come to North Dome on longer hikes along the Valley rim.

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