Yosemite Conservancy Fall Gathering

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MSNBC – The art of Pandering 

     Here’s the headline:  What’s behind all the deaths at Yosemite? When you are drawn to the article you think they might have turned over a stone of infinite insight….but nay, just a teaesr to get you to the website and read some ads. Pandering. Poor.

Fall Gathering

     The Yosemite Conservancy (YC) has announced the date for the next Fall Gathering. It’s Saturday, October 1 in Wawona. Wawona Hotel  reservations must be made by Monday, August 29. The event registration deadline is Friday, September 23. The event costs $50 per person. The agenda and more info is at the YC website. Contact is Adriana Pannick at apannick@yosemiteconservancy.org or call her at 415-434-8446 x329. 

     In other news, the Tioga Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA) is out. The EA is now available for public review and the park is accepting comments from August 8 through September 8. The EA addresses the rehabilitation of approximately 41 miles of the Tioga Road. It addresses aging and deteriorated pavement and drainage features, as well as existing public safety concerns and natural resource impacts. You can hear about the plan on Wednesday, August 31 at the park’s Open House at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Auditorium from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Printed and CD copies of the plan will be available at the Open House. There is no mention of a Webex connection.

New Vistor Center on Hwy 120

The Tuolumne County Visitor’s Bureau will soon be operating a Visitor’s Center out of the Chinese Camp Volunteer Fire Station. It will be open year round. The old site at the  Hwy 120/108 junction is being torn down.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”  – John Muir

*MrHalfDome(tm) – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

5 Responses to “Yosemite Conservancy Fall Gathering”

  1. Sönke Says:

    Off topic but one of the Vernal Fall casualties has been found:


  2. Maureen L Says:

    the weekend of Oct 1 is too early for the best of fall colors in Yosemite.

    around the middle of October, the big leaf maples are blazing gold (nice ones on the JMT between Vernal Fall and Clark Point) and the dogwoods are standouts — vibrant dark pink (nice along the road from the Big Oak Flat entrance down to the Valley).

    the aspens in the Eastern Sierra, trails like Virginia Lakes off 395 north of Lee Vining, are also a good bet mid-October, as are migrating birds at Mono Lake.

    if you do plan to attend the fall gathering, Curry Village, or camping at Wawona or in the Valle, with additional driving are less expensive options. last year, it was warm enough not to need a heated tent cabin at CV, but I think they were available. based on last year, the food options at Curry Village are all still open.

    I attended a ranger star talk at Glacier Point on my trip up for the fall gathering last year. (you can check out the Yosemite Guide for a year ago on the park website for an idea of what’s available. most of the stuff that’s available in the summer is pretty much in full swing until the weekend of the “Columbus” day holiday.)

    the fall gathering last year featured early morning bird watch hike, photography and plant walks, and a stunning presentation by two young women from UC Merced whose lives had been changed by summer programs in the park.

    it rained some Friday afternoon. Saturday morning was clear and wonderful. it rained, no, it poured, late Saturday afternoon and was raining steadily on Sunday morning. fantastic thunder displays near Glacier Point. I bailed out on the mid afternoon hike I’d planned but went down to Tuolumne Grove anyway. I had planned to go up to the Tioga Road high country on Sunday and down to Mono Lake, but there was a good chance of snow, and I’m too darned responsible about my job to have gotten trapped on the far side of Tioga Pass.

  3. Kris K Says:

    Just finished my first Half Dome hike on Thursday the 4th with my 11 year old son. Amazing! Absolutely amazing!

    Our adventure started 7 years ago while on a plane to San Diego from Sacramento. From the plane window we could see Half Dome which I have been wanting to climb since I first saw it when I was a boy of 10 in 1973. I pointed it out to my son and said, “Someday you and I will climb that.” Well, that day happened and it was an incredible experience.

    Thanks to your lecture which we attended last year at the REI in Concord and your book, we were very prepared for this hike. Quite frankly we both felt it was a lot easier than we expected. I am not saying it is an easy hike by any means but being properly prepared made it pretty easy for us.

    Thank you for helping us to so easily conquer this beautiful mountain. Now I just have to figure out what’s next.

    • mrhalfdome Says:


      That is super!! Congrats. Next?? Clouds Rest, 4-mile trail, Yosemite Falls – then Half Dome EVERY year. Keep reading the blog!! And join the fight to keep the cables up! There is a risk that environmentals will push to get them out of the “Wilderness.”


      • Kris K Says:

        My son and I did Yosemite Falls last year which got us very excited to try Half Dome this year. Clouds Rest may be next. Also hope to do Half Dome again when my 9 year old daughter is ready. Would also like to try backpacking the Grand Canyon of the Tuolomne. So many possibilities!

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