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August 5 – Half Dome at Sunrise

Above Half Dome Junction, up Half Dome, and out to Yosemite Valley 9 miles My face hurts from smiling all day. It was that good! As I started up the trail by headlamp to Half Dome, it occurred to me, crap I am going to be climbing the cables in the dark. Half Dome’s famous 400 feet of cable system up the rock face is … Continue reading August 5 – Half Dome at Sunrise

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August 4 – Clouds Rest

Tuolumne Meadows to 1/2 mile north of junction to Half Dome 23.1 miles This trek through the Sierras has spurred a personal transformation of sorts. I like to think of myself as a person that lives just outside the box. Although I often stay inside for too long and a long challenging backpack is like a reboot to my soul. Pretty fantastic. BUT this trip … Continue reading August 4 – Clouds Rest

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August 3 – Zero in Tuolumne

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. ~Dr. Seuss One of the dreams I have to end this trip proper is to climb Clouds Rest and Half Dome on the way down to Yosemite Valley. I needed a special permit from the park to climb Half Dome. A couple of years ago the park service began a quota system that limits the … Continue reading August 3 – Zero in Tuolumne

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August 2 – Yosemite!

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream…” ~C.S. Lewis High Trail above Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows 22.5 miles Ansel Adams Wilderness is a land of running water, beautiful lakes, dramatic mountains, and gentle terrain. With each step toward Tuolumne Meadows there is something new to discover and stand amazed. I decided to hike the remaining miles … Continue reading August 2 – Yosemite!

August 1 – The Perfect View

When your heart speaks, take good notes. ~Judith Campbell Duck Pass Trail Junction to High Trail above Shadow Lake 15.7 walking miles 8 bus miles I don’t even know how to begin about today… I cruised the 10 miles into Red Meadow to enjoy a very lengthy lunch (3 hours). On the way I ran into Conner who is hiking the JMT with his dad … Continue reading August 1 – The Perfect View

July 31 – Up and Down I Go

Keep your head up, keep your heart strong, keep your mind-set in your way, keep your heart strong. -from Keep Your Head Up by Ben Howard VVR trail junction to Duck’s Lake junction 17 miles If you were to ask me to describe the trail of the JMT, I would have to say STEEP. You are either going straight up or down. Depending on how … Continue reading July 31 – Up and Down I Go

July 30 – Nero at VVR

Bright as a Full Moon -Eat, Sleep, Hike blog This morning I had breakfast with 2 cool young gentleman, Scott and Aedhan. Cool partly because they let me eat with them, but mostly because they have just graduated from high school, live back east, and are doing the JMT. That is impressive. It takes a lot of planning and direction to pull it off. They … Continue reading July 30 – Nero at VVR

July 29 – Service and VVR

A man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9 Blayney Hot Springs to Vermillion Valley Resort 23.5 miles The photos today are from my iPhone because my battery in my camera died and my spare battery is an off brand and kept turning off. Lesson learned, do not buy off brand batteries if you are really going to need them. For … Continue reading July 29 – Service and VVR