Trail Mix: Lessons to be learned from two Half Dome rescues on same day

Yosemite National Park's search and rescue unit was kept busy last week with two rescues in a single day on the popular Half Dome trail.

The first call last Wednesday involved a 71-year-old man who was hiking Half Dome and the Mist Trail. The man reached the top of Half Dome, but was extremely exhausted and his feet were extremely sore after attempting to break in a pair of new hiking boots on the strenuous trail.

He was aided down the climb but at a very slow rate, making it to the Half Dome-John Muir Trail junction around 6 p.m., the National Park Service said. They were guided 3 miles to the ranger station and eventually met up with two emergency responders who helped the man down to the trailhead. They arrived at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

Another hiker, a 58-year-old, man tried a shorter uphill hike to Half Dome and made it to the top but had a tough time getting down.

The hiker's wife called for help because her husband had "no cartilage left in his knees." Emergency responders found the two on the switchbacks of the JMT below Clark Point where it was decided the man could no longer hike. He was carried down by emergency responders to the trailhead, arriving at 1:15 a.m.

Some reminders for any outdoor adventure:

Yosemite celebrates 50 years of the Wilderness Act

To honor the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and 30th anniversary of the California Wilderness Act, Yosemite National Park will hold a day-long celebration featuring guided hikes and a street fair at the Yosemite Village Mall.

The celebration will be held throughout the park on Wednesday. The street fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guided walks are offered at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, go to: www.nps.gov/yose.

Dynamite Hike to Black Wolf Mine

Take a guided hike to Black Wolf Mine in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. A park ranger will lead the 90-minute moderately strenuous hike to the now defunct silver mine.

Bring water to drink, a flashlight, and sturdy footwear for wading. All children must be closely attended; small children are not advised. Meet at the Eagle/Mosquito parking lot along Mineral King Road at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Details: www.nps.gov/seki

Two Cities marathon registration

The seventh annual Two Cities Marathon is set for Nov. 2 at Woodward Park and those interested in running have until Sunday to register at a discounted rate.

Registration costs $90 for the full marathon, $75 for the Fresno and Clovis halves and $150 for the two-person relay. Starting Monday, registration will increase by $10 for each.

There 26.2-mile marathon is currently one-third full of its 700-runner limit. More than 1,300 entries are still available for the Fresno half and another 800 for the Clovis Half. Walkers are allowed to register only for the Fresno half.

Details: www.runfresno.org.

Kare for Kidneys 5K

When: 7 a.m. next Saturday

Where: Woodward Park, Mt. View shelter

The Kare for Kidneys Foundation is hosting its first 5K fundraiser and runners are encouraged to come in their best Hawaiian gear.

The event includes a 5K run and 2-mile walk starting at 7 a.m. Registration will start at 5 a.m. on race day. Participants will receive a free T-shirt.

Preregistration is available through Monday. The cost is $25 per runner ages 16 and older and free for runners 15 and under. Registration costs increase $5 on race day. The Woodward Park entrance fee is not included.

Details: www.kareforkidneys.org or (559) 776-8481.