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Wilderness Press :: Hiking :: One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome, 2ed.
One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome, 2ed.
One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome, 2ed. 

­­­This indispensable guide ensures hikers a fun and safe trip up Yosemite's signature landmark, Half Dome.


This is the only dedicated guide for hiking to the top of Half Dome - the iconic landmark of Yosemite National Park, CA. The focus of the nearly 200-page text is to provide information on safe hiking practices to complete this extremely strenuous hike of 16-miles round trip. It is climaxed by a harrowing 400-foot vertical ascent to the top of the 8,842-foot high granite monolith. Although it was originally felt to be impossible to get to the top, the 1875 ascent by George Anderson led the way for the hundreds of thousands that have followed.


The book begins with a simple explanation on how the unique geological formations arose from ancient magma flows. This provides the reader with an understanding of what happened to the “missing part” of Half Dome. The story of the original inhabitants of the area and the interaction of the Miwok and Mono Paiute Indians with the hordes of white settlers during California’s Gold Rush is presented. This is followed with descriptions of the gear needed to hike comfortably and safely. This includes a boots/foot care, use of hiking poles, water filter usage, clothing selection and food suggestions.


The full day hike up to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular in the country. It is not easy. Education, preparation and motivation are pre-requisites.  Over 100 photographs and descriptions of salient features take the apprehension out of doing the hike. Descriptions of 18-Points of Interest – waterfalls, historical areas, flora and fauna, drinking water sources and the actual cables provide readers with the “real deal.” GPS points, elevation, distance and estimated arrival times are listed. The small format of the book allows it to be taken along for reference.


The author (aka Mr Half Dome) has completed this hike over 40 times and is a recognized expert source of information about the hike. The Half Dome trek is both a goal and a journey. The magnificent views from the top are worth the 10-12 hours it takes round-trip. The book gives in-depth guidance to help novices and seasoned hikers alike check off a “bucket list” item. Even non-hikers enjoy the many historical vignettes that bring life to events of the mid-1800’s.


The book is capped with extensive appendices listing all the major events in the history of Yosemite since it was discovered in 1851 as well as safety concerns.


The foreword is written by Royal Robbins, the first man to climb the face of Half Dome in 1957.


*NOTE: Permits are required to hike Half Dome. The cable system is up from late May through early October.


About Rick Deutsch
Rick is an author, speaker, and adventure traveler. It was after his 17th trek up Half Dome that he decided to write this guide to help others enjoy this fun and rewarding hike. There was none. One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome is the only full guidebook and goes far beyond the few pages that appear in Yosemite books. Visit him at www.HikeHalfDome.com and www.facebook.com/MrHalfDome/

Author Rick Deutsch
ISBN 978-0-89997-674-7
Quantity in stock 38 item(s) available
Weight 1.00 lbs
Market price $14.95
Price: $11.21


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