Top o’ the mornin beautiful people!
It’s a wonderful day here in north Texas– glorious sunrise, birds singing, and a happy girl high on post workout endorphins Hope your mornings have gotten off to a nice start!
Today I thought I’d talk about my plans for conquering the Half Dome hike in Yosemite! I’ve been waiting to mark that bad boy off of my bucket list for years. Just thinking of the view from the top gives me goosebumps of excitement!
We’re flying outta DFW on the 25th, landing in San Francisco and seeing the town for a bit (maybe going to TJ’s for the FIRST TIME EVER), driving up to Yosemite and then staying there for about a week. I think it’ll be a super fun family vacation– nothing beats national parks and San Francisco is such a neat city!! :)
So…… more about the hike–
- 16-17 miles round trip
- Hike can take anywhere from 10-12 hours
- The last steep 400 feet of the climb up the face of the rock involves cables that are set up every May
- The elevation will increase by 4,800 feet from Yosemite’s Valley Floor, almost 1 mile
My mom decided to sit this one out, but my dad agreed to join me on my quest! Since the hike is so massive, we are planning to leave a little before sunrise so we can make the round trip in daylight.
Here’s my main hiking gear:
- hiking boots
- Camelbak backpack with water pack built in
- thick hiking socks
- water bottles
And of course there’s the usual stuff like extra socks, ponchos, first aid kits, water purifier tablets, bug spray, jackets, and emergency toilet paper haha
And (since this blog is semi-related to food) here are some of the snacks I plan to pack:
- Homemade beef and turkey jerky
- Quest bars and Tanka bars
- Homemade dried fruit and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Whey protein to pour in water bottles
- Sandwiches (probably pb&j)
- Coconut water for electrolytes
I kinda feel like a squirrel storing stuff away for winter–My stash is beginning to grow mwahaha
Is it going to be a hardcore challenge? Yes. Especially for my sea-level lungs.
Am I nervous I won’t make it? Yes.
But you know something? Ya only live once, my dad and I are in great physical shape and have the necessary equipment, and we have mental toughness and God on our side. In other words…this dome SHALL be conquered!! (unless it rains of course haha)
If you’re interested in doing this one day, here’s a great link all about it!
Well that’s about it from my corner of the world– I’m off to go enjoy this lovely day! Hope you all had a great Mom’s day yesterday and hope you have a great week ahead, too!
What is the longest hike you’ve been on? Favorite hiking snacks?