One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome [NOOK Book]

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This is the only guide for hiking to the top of Half Dome - the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park, CA. It provides a history of the original Indian inhabitants of the area. The unique geological formations are explained. The focus of the book is to provide information on safe hiking practices to complete this extremely strenuous hike of 16-miles round trip that is climaxed by a harrowing 400 foot vertical ascent to the top of the 8,842 foot high granite monolith with the aid of a pair or steel cable ...
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One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome

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Overview


This is the only guide for hiking to the top of Half Dome - the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park, CA. It provides a history of the original Indian inhabitants of the area. The unique geological formations are explained. The focus of the book is to provide information on safe hiking practices to complete this extremely strenuous hike of 16-miles round trip that is climaxed by a harrowing 400 foot vertical ascent to the top of the 8,842 foot high granite monolith with the aid of a pair or steel cable banisters set at 45 degrees incline. Included is an extensive trail description with photos and narration of 16 points of interest.

The author has completed this hike over 30 times and is a recognized expert source of information about the hike. This is not a topographic map intensive guide; rather it tells historical vignettes to interpret the hike so readers identify with events of the mid 1800’s. He relates the story of the interaction of the Miwok and Mono Paiute Indians with the hordes of white invaders during California’s Gold Rush. The reader is aware of how Yosemite developed after the white man’s “discovery.” The explanation of how odd geologic formations arose from ancient magma flows provides the reader with an understanding of what happened to the “missing part” of Half Dome.

The full day hike up to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular in the country. It is not easy. The book prepares the reader for the adventure with an extensive discussion of the equipment required, the training needed and a detailed “walk through” of the entire trail. Photographs and descriptions of salient features take the apprehension out of doing the hike. Sections with descriptions of 16-Points of Interest – waterfalls, historical areas, flora and fauna, drinking water sources and the actual cables provide readers with the “real deal” information to safely prepare for and complete this “bucket list” Adventure. Readers are given specific information on the gear needed. This includes a boots/foot care, use of hiking poles and a summary of water filter usage clothing selection and food suggestions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899976969
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Series: One Best Hike
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 827,854
  • File size: 21 MB
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Meet the Author


Rick Deutsch has lived the Carpe Diem lifestyle, enjoying adventure travel worldwide. He's hiked in many rewarding places including the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, Mt. Fuji and the Pyramids.  Some of  Rick's other "personal bests" include summiting California's Mount Whitney, hiking Mount Shasta, rafting through the Grand Canyon, bicycling the 500-mile Iowa cross-state bike tour, mountain biking in Utah, dog sledding in Alaska, and over 250 scuba dives in such exotic locales as the Caribbean, Papua New Guinea, Palau and Truk Lagoon.

His proudest achievement is his 30 hikes up to the top Half Dome, the granite monolith symbol of Yosemite National Park. He's written the best selling book, 1st edition of One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome.   

Rick gives motivational speeches and lectures on hiking at museums, libraries, colleges, outfitters, cruise ships and to civic groups
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Table of Contents


Yosemite Locator Map     vi
Preface     ix
Introduction     1
The History of Yosemite and Half Dome     5
The First Ascent of Half Dome     9
An Overview of the Half Dome Hike     13
Leave No Trace     16
Precautions     17
Intensity     17
Weather     18
Altitude Sickness     20
Mosquitoes     21
Ticks     21
Waterborne Critters     22
The Falls     23
Falling     25
Bears and Mountain Lions     27
Preparations     31
Getting There     31
Highway 120 Westbound     32
Highway 41     32
Highway 140     33
Highway 120 Eastbound     33
Accommodations     40
Curry Village     40
Tent Cabins     42
Wood Cabins     43
Tent Camping     43
Housekeeping Camp     43
In-Park Motels/Hotels     44
Outside-the-Park Accommodations     44
Entrance to the Park     45
Conditioning     45
What toBring     48
Water     48
Water Bottles     53
Food     53
Clothes     55
Shoes     55
Socks     57
Shorts     57
Shirt     58
Hat     58
Other essentials     59
Blister Pack     59
Facecloth     59
Sunglasses     59
Trekking Poles/Gloves     59
Fanny Pack/Daypack     61
Rain Gear     61
Cell Phones     62
Emergency Supplies     63
Checklist     65
Youth Involvement     65
When to Go     67
Hiking Half Dome     69
Starting at Curry Village     73
Half Dome Trail Map     70
Elevation Profile     71
Mileage marker sign     75
Vernal Fall Bridge     77
Top of Vernal Fall     81
Silver Apron Bridge     81
Little Yosemite Valley     83
Half Dome-John Muir Trail Split     85
The Little Spring     85
View of Half Dome and Sub Dome     87
Base of the cables      90
Apex of Half Dome     94
The Little Spring: again     98
Little Yosemite Valley: again     98
Junction of Mist and John Muir Trails     99
Nevada Fall Bridge     100
Vernal Fall Bridge: again     104
Mileage marker sign: again     104
After the Hike     105
Information Sources     107
Books     107
Other Printed Matter     108
Websites     108
Phone Numbers     109
About the Author     110
Index     111
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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Highly recommended if hiking Half Dome

    This is an excellent source of information for hiking Half Dome. It is a "must have", if not only for, the last water source before the top. The little spring is hidden behind a log and very well described. It describes recommended training, different routes, possible hazards and the necessities to take.

    As for the necessities, it goes a little "over kill". But, at least you can selectively reduce the the amout that you carry and the weight of your pack.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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