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Trip to CA - Yosemite addendum...

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If you're curious to see what some of the hikes in Yosemite National Park are like, including what goes into the hike to the top of Half Dome (seen above from Glacier Point), you can go watch this 9-minute video that gives a pretty good, up-close view of what goes into doing that (from the start and with views of the length of the trail, on up to the top).

At one point in the video the ranger narrator remarks something like, "the cables -" [that one uses on the last leg of the climb to the summit] "- are surprisingly much harder to come down than to go up," and I immediately thought, hah ha hah, I am not surprised in the least. Coming down something steep is the *worst*.

Watching that, I think it made me feel better that as much pain as I was in after coming back down all those steps, I at least did not have to be evacuated out by rangers. And I could walk the next day. The whole time, in fact, the allure of going onward and upward was really strong, but I *was* always really keenly aware that I still had to come back down, as well.

And even though part of me is shuddering, especially at the idea of coming down those steep parts of the dome itself... part of me kind of still wants to do it someday.

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jenlev
Oct. 19th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
You are very brave. But oh, it is beautiful.
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