Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 12, 2009 - 03:14pm PT
NPS has been trying to move toward better communication with the public and more transparency to help people see what we are doing here. Know that I am not an official spokesperson for the park... With that said, there is a new website that continues to be worked on, and I highly suggest that you check it out and click around. Here are some highlight for climbers:
*EDIT- if the links are messed up, I added the website directly...sorry for the confusion!
Here is a link to the high resolution imagery of El Cap, Half dome, and pretty much the entire valley that NPS helped with/conducted last year. If you are a climber, you have to check this out. It is sick.
That guy narating/hosting the sound pod cast is Bob Roney. . . my interpretive naturalist mentor. . . he is completely AMAZING. . . if you ever have a chance to see his movies and/or interp programs - GO. . . and take a bandanna to hide your tears.
Also, if you see rockfalls in the valley, know that the geologist here tries to keep track of that. I believe (I may be wrong) that most of the data that you are looking at came from eyewitness reports. Perhaps we could start a forum post or an addition to the rockfall page for rockfall sightings in the valley and Tuolumne, because the people who are there too see the rockfalls usually don't think to tell anyone about them.
P.S. there was about 0.2 cubic meters that fell off NA wall that almost took my dome piece off last weekend.
I'll see if I can make a comment on the rockfall website to suggest the incorporation of an "eyewitness" posting section.