My childhood friend Flip who lives in Texas (he grew up down the street from me off of San Ysidro Rd in Montecito) has embarked upon a pilgrimage to Sequoia and Yosemite with his family and I plan to join them for 10 days, starting tomorrow. With luck we’ll hike to Half Dome on June 10th and I’ll try to post a photo directly to this blog while at the top. Below is a picture of other friends taken at the very top of Half Dome a few years ago. I’m the happy hiker on the far right, one step away from a shortcut to the valley floor.

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4 Responses to C U SOON

  1. Paul says:

    In high school I hiked Half Dome with my friend Dustin. We set our packs down on top and explored. When we came back to eat lunch a squirrel had eaten his sandwich. For the next hour Dustin sat still on the edge with a piece of leftover sandwich on his shoe waiting for that squirrel. As inhumane as it seems to me now, it still bemuses to me imagine the look on the face of a rock climber 2000′ feet down, as a flying squirrel whizzes by.

  2. Chaz says:

    I stood at the same position as you, John, in October 2009. What a spectacular, knee-knocking view!

    For you trivia buffs: John is standing at the point on Half Dome known as “The Visor.” Many folks mistakenly call it the “Diving Board,” when the diving board is actually that flattish piece of land seen on the right side of the dome about a third of the way down. The diving board is also the place from which Ansel Adams took his famous photograph, “Monolith – the Face of Half Dome.”

    If your taste runs to the off-beat, have a look at the book titled “Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite.”

    It was written by two rangers who chronicled all deaths in the park by category, i.e., shooting over waterfalls, rock climbing accidents, falling from Half Dome cables, etc. Makes for crowd-pleasing reading around the campfire or in The Ahwahnee great room after a day of hiking.

  3. K says:

    Hell of a photo

  4. Chaz says:

    P.S. – John’s position on Half Dome is 8,842′ above sea level. Yosemite Valley below is at 4,000′ above sea level so a slip of the foot gives you a deathly descent of nearly one mile! Yowza!!

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