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Watch that First Step! | by wbirt1
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Watch that First Step!

That's me, sitting on the rock at the edge of the overhanging lip of Half Dome. Some people go all the way to the edge standing up, but that 4800 foot straight vertical drop kept me back a few feet.

This shot was taken 15 years ago this month, and was scanned from an old print taken by my small Olympus XA2 35mm camera. No digital cameras back then, but I did take a brick-shaped cell phone, and actually got reception up there. I called my office and got the response, "you're calling from WHERE? I'm sure these days everyone has a phone with them.

You can see Yosemite Valley below, with the Merced River coursing through it. Above my left shoulder is El Capitan, and opposite it, the Three Brothers. Yosemite Falls is out of the picture, to the right.

The hike is 17 miles round trip, climbs 4800 feet from the Valley floor, and is completed at the top via the cables up the steep granite. Because of the numbers of people climbing it and recent accidents, you now need a permit for the hike, and numbers are limited.


This one really needs to be viewed Large to get the full impact.


Explore 7-03-2012

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Taken in July 1997