March 4, 2011

Yosemite's Half Dome

One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome
As everyone hopefully knows, you need a permit to hike the Half Dome cables regardless of the day. On March 1st permits went on sale for May and June. As I understand it all dates for those months sold out in less then 15 minutes. So if you tried hopefully you got yours. If you're going to try for dates later in the summer you need to try right at 7am on the day they go on sale. Now if you're going to be hiking Half Dome please be prepared for it. It is almost a 16 mile round trip trek from the valley. If you have never done it before, make sure you know what you're in for. If you want all the details on the hike then I recommend you turn to Rick Deutsch - Mr. Half Dome. He has done the hike at least 28 times and is the author of the book One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. The book is 100+ pages completely dedicated to conquering the epic hike. It gives you detailed info on every part of the hike and is full of great tips. Another way to learn is to go to one of Rick's presentations where you can meet him in person and listen to his advice on hiking Half Dome. I went to one of his presentations back in 2007 and found it very informative and entertaining. He has several presentations coming up in the area, so check one out.

Rick's Upcoming Presentations
3/8   REI Fremont
3/16 REI San Francisco
3/22 REI Marina
3/24 REI Brentwood
3/30 REI San Carlos
4/5   REI Stockton
4/9   Bass Pro Outdoor World- Manteca

Rick's Website - Hike Half Dome
Rick's Book - One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome