Saturday, July 26, 2008

Secret Yosemite

This is the description of the movie from Amazon.com
Product Description
Go beyond the tourist hotspots and experience a day in the life of Yosemite National Park as never before. Home to over two thousand plant and animal species Yosemite attracts more than 3.5 million visitors from around the globe each year. Known for its steep granite cliffs impressive waterfalls and the world's largest living trees?the Giant Sequoias?this beautiful haven is home to a host of wild creatures ranging from black bears bobcats foxes snakes and a variety of bats. Explore the hidden reaches of this vast wilderness found beyond the postcard-perfect views.Running Time: 50 min.System Requirements:Running Time: 57 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. UPC: 727994752080 Manufacturer No: G75208
On top of Mount Dana overlooking Mono Lake.

On the Diving Board on the top of Half Dome.

On top of Mount Dana with Dave, Phil and Corrine.
On the way up to the top of Half Dome. Yep, we had to pull ourselves up those ropes to get to the top.
Me and Corrine in front of Half Dome. We were hiking the Glacier Point Trail that day.




I have been waiting for this to come out on video for quite some time. Having lived in Yosemite for a summer and hiking all over the place I was genuinely excited to view this DVD. I was totally disappointed! I expected to see things like Mt. Dana, or Mono Lake, Clouds Rest or a mention of Vernal Falls. Something in the back country or even a shot of Wawona on the south end of the park where I lived. Of course I have pictures but no video and I was hoping for video of some of the places I visited.

El Capitan was the biggest portion of the DVD. That was interesting from a rock climbing perspective but it is one of main things tourists oooh and aww over in the park. There was a small segment on Half Dome but it pretty much said if you hike it you will die from lightening. That is probably extreme...they talked about a day where several men died when a lightening storm came in. Tragic, yes. Enlightening, no.

The biggest disappointment was that it was a big global warming propaganda film. Please don't use this film as a guide if you ever get the pleasure of going to Yosemite. I am going to have to see if there are any better ones out there to relive the joy of that park.

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