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Half Dome – Video Trip Report

September 15th, 2009

This is a very popular day hike in Yosemite.  Both times I’ve done the trail have been Fridays in July which made for rather hot and crowded conditions.  I would recommend mid-week and maybe not right in the middle of summer.  The first time I hiked it the cables were not that crowded, but this last time they were pretty packed.  As you will see in the video below it only takes one person to to freak out and bottle-neck the whole cable section.  You should give yourself 10-12 hours to finish the hike and make sure you have plenty of water.  I went through about 4.5 liters for the day.  I brought a pump which I used after Nevada Falls (going up and coming back down).  I recommend bringing a pair of gloves with the rubber gripping material on the palms.  Leather gloves do not work well.   I hope this trip report gives you a little preview of this unique trip.

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Mount Whitney – Video Trip report

September 15th, 2009

I took this hike in September of 2009 with a few friends from Southern California.  This was definitely one that I wanted to check off the list and was glad that my friend Pat had a permit.  I had tried to get a permit via the lottery but  did not have any luck for the dates that I wanted.  Overall the trip was a success.  We all made it to the summit and no one got altitude sickness.  One of our party, Amber, had a knee that was acting up so it took her quite a while to get back down on day two.   I ended up getting back to San Diego around 1:30am after hiking from Trail Camp to the summit, then back to portal.   Day one consisted of driving to the trailhead then hiking to Trail Camp.   Here is the video trip report, I hope you enjoy it.  If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line.  Best of luck if you try to make the summit, it’s well worth the effort.

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