Half Dome and 1/2

Lord, I love this hike. Lord, I hate the cable route. It's not because of the climb, the exposure or physical effort required; it's due to the many other hikers excited to be there. The key to a successful RT ascent in one day is to start at 4:00 AM … [Read more...]

How big is Half Dome in Yosemite? This big!

We walked just 50 feet from where we parked at Glacier Point when I saw Half Dome for the first time. Tater, my 5 year old fearless adventurer, had already begun the boulder problem that would become his focus for the next 20 minutes. He climbed the … [Read more...]

Yosemite Valley on foot

Yosemite Valley offers two distinct types of experiences for visitors exploring the Park on foot. There are countless hikes in the moderate to strenuous category that make for an unbelievable trip for experienced hikers and backpackers. But we … [Read more...]

Toast on Half Dome

My friends and I had wanted to go see Yosemite National Park for most of our lives. We "trained" for 6 months and thought we were in pretty good shape, but were still not prepared for the ~16 mile hike and 4800 foot elevation gain to get to the top … [Read more...]

Tunnel View in Yosemite

I've seen this tunnel view in Yosemite a million times online. I would think about how impressive it looked. But I never realized until I approached the pony wall in person that not a single picture I had seen really does this view justice. From the … [Read more...]

Yosemite and Fire

I’m intrigued by our national park and national forest fire management policies for several reasons. First, we’ve had a somewhat controlled and semi-discreet area for the policies to play out (the national parks and forests). Second, we’ve had a time … [Read more...]

Finding the Flowers In Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is all about grandeur, and soaring granite cliffs are around every bend in the trail.  It's a natural reaction to be drawn to the inspiring face of Half Dome and the other jagged peaks that line the horizon, looking like … [Read more...]

Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest

Of all the National Parks I've explored, Yosemite was my first, and remains my favorite. There are so many outdoor icons in Yosemite -- El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, The Mist Trail, Glacier Point. But none of these begins … [Read more...]

The Cables of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park

If you have ever been to Yosemite National Park, then you have no doubt marveled at the massive granite rock that sticks out in the distance known as Half Dome. For many people marveling is all that they do and honestly that is good enough; but if … [Read more...]