Album: Yosemite - Half Dome (Cables Down)
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 5/14/2004 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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This has got to be one of the biggest bugs I've ever seen. It was outside my hotel room in Oakhurst. After some research on the Internet I found that it is a Pine Sawyer Beetle (of the long-horned beetle family). The adult grows to over 3 inches long and has a powerful set of mandibles.
There are some photos and discussion at http://www.wrightwoodcalif.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Bighorn;action=display;num=1075710315
Half Dome (rear) and Mount Broderick (foreground)
The John Muir Trail (shortly before reaching Nevada Falls)
This shot shows the angle as well as some of the eye bolts the cables are connected to
Looks like they stash some of the slats and posts in this crack along the way
The view North (looking up Tenaya Canyon). Clouds Rest is to the far right.
Had to set the camera's self-timer and then run and jump up out on the overhang (without flying over the edge)
Often confused for "The Diving Board" this rock seems a better choice. The actual "Diving Board" as labelled on the topo maps is the area in the upper left (well below Half Dome).
It takes nerves of steel to walk out on the end of this protruding rock. Any slip would be the last one you ever make.
Climbers coming up from above the Snake Dike route. I think they're names were Tom and John though I could be mistaken.
Uh oh. I emerged from my "shortcut" on the opposite side of the river at Vernal Falls. Thankfully there's a bridge a short distance up river above the Emerald Pool.
I think people were wondering what I was doing on the opposite side of the river and how I got there.
The notch between Liberty Cap and Mount Broderick. Is there a shortcut in there?
There's a reason the call this the "Mist" trail.
One of many fat, hand-fed squirrels at the Mist Trail footbridge.
The Merced River (Happy Isles Gauging Station appears to the right).