Hetch Hetchy Valley

Since there is no page for Hetch Hetchy yet, I am attaching this image to the Yosemite Valley one.

For me, this is a glorious, serene, beautiful and sad place at the same time. There is a huge and ugly dam just out of view. I am very conflicted about the existence of this dam. One side of me despises its ugliness, the defacement of this incredible place, the strict "national security area curfew". Another side is happy that the backcountry that surrounds this place is still pristine and uninfested with concessions, tour buses, lodges and pollution, unlike the nearby Yosemite Valley. Where do you stand on this subject?

There is also a lot of climbing activity in the area as we speak. I am aware of a few big wall and hard free climbing projects in motion.

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reinhard2

reinhard2 - Nov 9, 2009 4:16 pm - Voted 10/10

I could conceive of

- although I've never been there - that although the dam itself may be ugly, the lake behind might have a beauty of its own ...
And if it keeps away the big hordes and leaves the country pristine, I agree it does a good job.

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