Half Dome Permit Lottery 2015

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Apply for Half Dome Permits March 1-31, 2015  By John P. DeGrazio Today is the first day to apply for the Half Dome permit lottery which will run from 12am PST on March 1 to 11:59pm PDT on March 31. If you are planning on hiking to the summit of Half Dome on any day from May 22 to October 13, 2015, you will be required to obtain a permit to … [Read more...]

#20 Finding Solitude in Wilderness

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A Solo Half Dome Adventure  By John P. DeGrazio Do we choose our adventures or do our adventures choose us?I moved to California two years after my first visit to Yosemite. On that trip, our group hiked to the top of Half Dome and were left craving more adventure, but not necessarily more Half Dome. When I started YExplore, there were … [Read more...]

A Face in the Clouds

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Half Dome From Mt. Watkins  By John P. DeGrazio I take a lot of photos in Yosemite that I post on this site as well as my YExplore Instagram account. Most of my shots are admittedly from my iPhone camera in an attempt to share with the world that you don't need an expensive camera to take expressive images in a place as beautiful as Yosemite … [Read more...]

Waterfalls & Clouds: Yosemite Panorama Photos 2015.02.23

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The Storm that Wasn't   By John P. DeGrazio Rain and snow were in the forecast for Yosemite yesterday so we showed some flexibility in rescheduling our events for the weekend. We flip-flopped a photo workshop with an adventure hike, and everything worked out perfectly.As the leader of the hike, I was thrilled to be greeted by fresh … [Read more...]

#24 It’s Not How You Start

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It's How You Finish  By John P. DeGrazio I was up at the plate with a runner on second base and one out. I hit the ball pretty well but lined out to the right center fielder for the second out. Our cleanup hitter followed with a fly out to right. It was the first time all tournament we failed to score a single run in the first inning. … [Read more...]

Cloudless Days in Yosemite Valley: Yosemite Panorama Photos 2015.02.18

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Looking on the Bright Side  By John P. DeGrazio Last week it rained for a couple days, and then it stopped. Soccer practice ended, and we were off. Making it to OMG Point is quite an adventure for a 4 year old who was up to the challenge. Sure, we hiked back with the aid of headlamps, but the memories and the burgers were worth it. Here's a … [Read more...]

#50 Always Celebrate Achievements

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Enjoy Every Milestone By John P. DeGrazio I was leading a group of explorers who were all close friends when one of the hikers looked at the others and said "Well, we all made it here, what's our next trip?" This seemed a bit odd since they were beginning the first day of a three day adventure in Yosemite. There was an uncomfortable silence … [Read more...]

Another Half Dome Ascent on Youtube

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A Winter Celebration on Yosemite Valley's Highest Peak  By John P. DeGrazio Lasting friendships are built through wilderness adventures. Last week I hiked to the top of Half Dome with a group of three other friends. Some in our group had never met which always makes for fun times of sharing many great stories and lots of food.  Pat supplied … [Read more...]

Views from Half Dome Summit in Winter: Yosemite Panorama Photos 2015.2.7

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A February Ascent of Yosemite's Most Famous Dome  By John P. DeGrazio On Thursday I had an opportunity to do something I've never done before in Yosemite, summit Half Dome in February. After carefully selecting a group of friends, we set off on our journey from the trailhead parking lot. We were so confident we'd be back in about 8 hours, … [Read more...]

Summer Night Skies in Yosemite

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Have you every captured the night sky in a photo? I have always enjoyed looking at images of the Milky Way, and last July I had the unique opportunity to join Jesse Summers for a night skies workshop in Yosemite National Park. Jesse and I hiked, camped, and photographed together for 3 summer days and nights. It's always fun to get to know someone … [Read more...]

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