Plenty of people have done the Half Dome hike with zero training, and it’s certainly possible to do. But getting physically prepared for the hike will make everything much easier on yourself and better your chances of getting to the top.
I’ll admit it: Hiking isn’t my thing.
Oh, I don’t dislike hiking. I just think there’s a clear winner between getting up at 4 in the morning on a perfectly good Saturday to scale the side of a mountain, returning filthy and sore and spending the day off enjoying eggs benedict and bottomless mimosas on a sun-drenched patio.
Step two in Project Half Dome is making reservations in Yosemite National Park.
Obviously, make your reservations where you wish. Many people planning to climb Half Dome stay in Curry Village, since it’s closest to the trailhead.
We’ll be staying down the road in our old favorite: Housekeeping Camp.
One of our goals is to take hiking to the next level and climb Half Dome in Yosemite next year.
This whole adventure is right up my alley in two big ways:
- One, it’s an epic hike. 17.5 miles round-trip, wilderness camping, capped by a white-knuckle climb up the cables to stand on top of one of the most recognizable formations in the world.
- Two, it requires mucho advance planning. Holy cow, do I love to plan in advance. Way in advance! I’ve made so many lists for this adventure already and I love it.
Whenever we mention we’ve got a trip to Yosemite on the books, people ask us where we’ll be staying.
“Housekeeping Camp,” we’ll say, followed by a shrug. “I have no idea what it means. But it doesn’t mean you’re staying with the housekeepers.”
When you hear “housekeeping” you may think of this:
Okay, not really. How about that clickbait headline, though?!
Just thought I’d share one of the best moments of our trip to Yosemite last week. Sitting in the river, eating peanuts, drinking beer (Pimm’s for me) and being visited by ducks who like to gently nibble fingers and toes.
This Sunday’s New York Times ran a piece about proposed efforts to limit the activities offered in Yosemite National Park in an attempt to cut down on the park’s wear and tear:
The Park Service’s plan would restore more than 200 acres of meadows, reorganize transportation and reduce traffic congestion. To shrink the human presence along the Merced River, park officials are also proposing closing nearby rental facilities for bicycling, horseback riding and rafting, and removing swimming pools, an ice rink and a stone bridge.