No need to worry about Jon Krakauer writing a book about me.
In the end, the altitude won. 2 of the 4 of us made it all the way up. I was chivalrous and waited with one of our group who could not go on (yeah, chivalrous. It had nothing to do with the altitude catching up with me..) In the end, I made it about a mile from half dome (I did go ahead about a mile on my own to get some pictures).
What an amazing experience. Of course, I stupidly left my camera in my friend's car last night so the pictures will have to wait a bit. Still, here's a few initial thoughts:
– I was really surprised at how quickly the weather changes there. Clouds rolled in super quick. It sprinkled a little, which was welcome.
– There was a really ill timed hot streak that hit right as were leaving the backpacker's camp. This unfortunately coincided with some steep hiking with little shade. That really took the steam out of a few of us.
– One of the strangest parts of the whole thing was the proliferation of discarded clothing all over the place. It's as if people just toss clothes aside as they make their ascent. It was all over, and some of it looked like pretty good stuff. I have no idea why so many people would not just put their sweatshirts in their pack or something.
– The altitude wasn't really a factor for me until the end. Then it hit hard. The last 2 miles were some of the hardest hiking I have ever done.
So, it's Sunday, and I almost achieved my goal. I made it really far, and (given my lack of real preparation) am pretty happy with how I did. My achilles tendons are killing me, but otherwise I am about as sore as if I had played hoops. I'm definitely going back in a less manic manner, and enjoying all that Yosemite has to offer.
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