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Without Baggage – on Half Dome, Yosemite

Posted May 01 2010 12:00am

Half Dome is one of our best hikes in North America .

I loved Hank Leukart’s hilarious trip report. Check the excerpt:

… It’s a surprisingly strenuous cardiovascular workout, battling gravity to reach the top of Yosemite’s most recognizable rock formation. The normally unflappable Laura looks petrified as she slowly inches toward the peak. Finally, the three of us reach the summit, breathing heavily and sweating with adrenaline rushing through our bodies. Laura, finding that she has suddenly become terrified of heights, sits safely in the middle of the Dome’s surface, not wanting to get anywhere near the edges, though they are at least 200 feet in every direction. The three of us eat a lunch of turkey sandwiches as we look out from a height of 8,836 feet above the dramatic expanse of Yosemite Valley, with its complex granite rock formations, pine tree forests, and sprawling meadows. The epic views make us feel dizzy and drunk.

“I want to stay here forever,” I say, looking down into the Valley below.

“I never want to leave,” Justin agrees.

“I want to go down, right now,” Laura pleads. …

read the article – Without Baggage – living yosemite .

after climbing half dome, i can’t bear to leave yosemite.

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