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...]

Meadow Magic

One of my favorite things while camping at Yosemite National Park is to wake up early in the morning and pause for reflection as the sun rises over the meadows. The same is true at the "golden hour" before sunset. The meadows are truly magical and … [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...]

El Capitan is much bigger than you think

We arrived at Yosemite National Park in late afternoon. As we made our way into the heart of the Park by way of the Southside Drive we caught our first glimpse of El Capitan. It's huge! I thought I had a clear idea of its size in my mind before we … [Read more...]

Yosemite Lodge: A fire to end an epic day of adventure

It was the end of our second day in Yosemite National Park when my wife turned to me and said "We need a fire and a drink!".  She was right. Mountain air, particularly that crisp air that tells you fall is in full effect, signals to us that it's … [Read more...]

Mossy Giants in Yosemite

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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...]

National Parks vs Mother Nature

Our National Parks are constantly changing so how do we handle that? As the wildfire crossed into Yosemite National Park proper, I found myself conflicted by the classic battle between an innate desire to protect the National Park yet still respect … [Read more...]