Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bolts On Rocks

South Dome, Yosemite Valley California

John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club, had this to say in 1912 about adding bolts and ropes to Half Dome in Yosemite so tourists could climb to the top:

“For my part I should prefer leaving it in pure wildness, though, after all, no great damage could be done by tramping over it. The surface would be strewn with tin cans and bottles, but the winter gales would blow the rubbish away.”

Seems to me he was quite reasonable about allowing access to one of the great rocks. Now it looks like this on a busy summer day. And I was one of those people and I enjoyed the hike to the top.

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