Half Dome Cables

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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...]

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...]

Mossy Giants in Yosemite

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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...]

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...]

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...]