Pack light for Half Dome

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     When I do the 16-mile hike up to the top of Half Dome, I try to pack light. Nothing excessive that will weigh me down. So check out this troubadour who hauled up this git-box to the top. I dunno, I guess, yeah,  I would consider this excessive.


I asked him to play some Hendrix, but he could not.   What are YOU carrying that you could do without? 


Unrelated thought worth quoting: He’s free as the breeze, he’s always at ease. He lives in the jungle and hangs by his knees as he swings through the trees without a trapeze, in his B.V.D.’s. Gitarzan, he’s a guitar man. He’s all you can stand. Give him a hand, Gitarzan. ” – Ray Stevens 

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –


13 Responses to “Pack light for Half Dome”

  1. Iggy Samuel-Smith Says:

    Last year, as I was descending the sub dome, a young couple passed me on their way up to the cables. The husband was carrying their 1 year old daughter on his back, in almost a cage kind of child carrier. I though he was mad. Still do in fact.

    Also saw a couple with 3-4 year child, in similar carrier, hike the Narrows in Zion.

    Both too risky in my mind.

    Water, power bars, nuts, water proof clothing is all I’ll be carrying in 4 weeks time.

  2. Mr. Diving Board Says:

    Yes, I would say those sunglasses are excessive too. Did he know “Climb Every Mountain” from Sound of Music? Freebird. Freebird.

  3. Iggy Samuel-Smith Says:

    That is a fair point Rick. And I am hoping for fair weather. Fingers-crossed, and all that. Iggy

  4. Chris Says:

    Water was my biggest item. I carried 4 1-liter bottles in a backpack. My neck and shoulders were causing this rookie more trouble than my legs. Any tips for better H20 storage?

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Don’t carry it. See my book for the discussion…Use a water filter pump – 2 sources along the trail…I drink 7 quarts. Your 4 liters weighs 8 pounds…no need to carry any extra weight.


  5. Maureen L Says:

    weather forecasts are about major systems that are tracked on radar, not local, ephemeral afternoon thunderstorms.

    so, the forecast can say clear and sunny for the day, but those afternoon T storms can still happen!

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Good insight Maureen. We indeed have some seasoned hikers on the blog.

      The Wilderness office has a pretty good handle on Valley weather. They can pretty well forecast the seaonal August T-storms when the valley is over 100 and the hot air meets the cold pacific air…But you are right….it;s the mountains and anything can happen. Lightning can travel about 10 miles from its source, so turn around if needed. Hiking poles will help you get down slippery trails.

  6. Roberto Hernandez Says:

    To each his own. If his agenda was to relax and play guitar on the summit he needed the guitar. Nice to see a GENUINE FINE INSTRUMENT! Peace out!

  7. Roberto Hernandez Says:

    I think I will bring my Scottish bagpipes next hike.

  8. Maureen L Says:

    I encountered 3 groups of hikers who were playing recorded music as they trekked along.

    I don’t understand those who hike with earbuds or earphones,
    but they don’t affect my experience.

    these folks, however, were not only listening themselves, they were broadcasting.

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      In the “old days” I used a Sony Walkman TAPE player when I did the hike alone. I agree the broadcasters bug me…as do the 2-way GMRS radio idiots.

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