Orienteering race 2:00:15**** 6.16 mi (19:31 / mi) +510ft18:06 / mi ahr:159 max:201 shoes: Salomon Speedcross 3
MNOC Murphy Meet, Red Course
Not sure that I want to support events at Murphy going forward. Especially if we are trying to encourage new orienteers to attend. The woods is really overgrown in most locations. I knew this going there, and wore long sleeves and my rail rider pants, but didn't expect to come home with scrapes and cuts all over my face. I got asked at the grocery what the other guy looked like...
Control #1 went fine, then I tried to avoid the thick stuff by moving to the northern trail on the way to #2, and just ran in to more thick stuff. I made it worse by attacking early and ended up near control 19 vs. 2.
Navigating to the next few controls went well, but slow. I started towards 8 after 6... mental error as the control code on 6 ended in 7. I was on the correct track towards 9, but saw the park hunting boundary sign and thought I went too far. Headed North, and ended up taking the long way to the control.
By 13, I was sick of trying to find the easy way, so I went straight through the thick stuff and found a animal path that took me nearly to the top. The exit from the control was supposed to be the easy part... and it was as thick as the way up. Got a little off track and had to attack from the trail to the NE.
The later half was a series of pond hops and staying on track as you decided wether the game trail was a good choice or not.
One bobble on 16 and the rest was straight forward.
Trekking3:00:00  6.5 mi (27:41 / mi) +1200ft23:34 / mi
trekked through the Giant Sequoia grove in Mariposa on our way out of Yosemite. I have seen the giant redwoods in Muir woods and this place is definitely a plus 1, if not a plus 10. Huge. Well worth the extra two hours of driving for the visit.
Trekking (Half Dome Climb.) 8:27:44  16.58 mi (30:37 / mi) +5198ft23:37 / mi shoes: Altra Lone Peak
Half Dome Climb with Clark. jon had to leave early.
Wanted to get off at 6 to avoid the heat of the day, and actually made it out of camp at 6:27. The first part was a known entity, since we had hiked it on Sunday. Opted for the longer John Muir Trail over the Mist trail, as the stairs on the latter are brutal. Stopped for a quick snack and restroom break at the top of Nevada falls and were treated to a Bear sighting. We then followed him down the trail, 100 feet or so behind, until he chose to wander off in to the woods.
Met up with some hitchhikers from Holland and chatted with them until the trail turned vertical again at which point they dropped back. Then chatted with a young man hoping to attend law school next fall. He was from Sacramento, so I inquired about the state's financial crisis. His answer to the entire budget issue is to legalize pot. I dropped the topic.
Made it to the top in 4:13, spent 45 minutes on top and took 3 hours to descend. Clark does not like heights or slippery rock. I was a little more comfortable so I took all the pics. There were squirrels and bees on the top. A little surprising for such a desolate place. The permitting system is great for this hike. There were about 30 people on top at any one time, with some arriving and leaving as we snacked. Cable overcrowding was not an issue.