2007.07.29 23:46

Yosemite National Park


After the Tahoe Conference, I went to Yosemite National Park with my old friend and outdoors buddy Kahye and we hiked Half Dome together. We got up at 5am and started walking around 7-7:30am - it took us long because we couldn't stay in Yosemite Village. From the times of the photos taken, we arrived at

Vernal Falls bridge at 8am
the top of Nevada Falls bridge at 9:30am
Quarter Dome stairs at 11:30am
Half Dome cables at 12:15pm - no traffic!
and finally at the top of Half Dome at 12:45pm

We took a long break at the top, and the way back did not take any shorter. In total it took 11 hours for the round trip. As written in the guide book, it was a very strenuous hike, but it was a lot of fun and energizing in some way. For future trips, this my summary/evaluation.

Good Calls
Preparing a good meal: salty sausages, buns, cucumbers and carrots, dried fruits and fruit bars, peanut butter crunch bars, small packs of fruit juice
Getting up early
Packing everything from the campsite and checking in in a hotel on the second day: it was dark and our campsite was too far. In any case, I think packing everything was a good idea, because it gave us more flexibility.
Vibram sole boots, gloves and wide brim hat
and of course, being in shape!

Bad Calls
Not having enough water and water treating tools
Not putting enough sunscreen later in the day: I got sunburn.
Not having topomap
Cotton tank top: I knew it wasn't a good idea but couldn't get everything for this trip

Lastly, I want to thank Kahye for being a wonderful travel buddy from San Juan Mountains to Californian deserts and high Sierras. I look forward to our next trip. :)

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Aerial view of Half Dome. The thin white strip on the front side of the picture is the "cables route". You can also see the famous "diving board".

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