At 88 years old, Ron Young of Fish Camp, has published his first book documenting his 45 year journey as he captured Yosemite National Park’s most iconic piece of granite, Half Dome.
The book, entitled Half Dome - Icon of Yosemite, is a pictorial study of the dome from every angle and through every season. The words and pictures literally walk the reader through views of Half Dome from the valley floor to its backside and onto its peak.
Throughout the book the reader has a chance to see the rock’s majesty from angles only skilled hikers get to relish. And as a licensed pilot, Young, shares photos he captured from his plane.
It is a project of passion and a project that has led Young to the top of Half Dome more than 22 times.
Young first arrived to Fish Camp, in the 1960s, on a whim. After countless visits to the Valley floor, coming and going through El Portal to his San Jose home he decided to do something different. This time he exited Yosemite through the Wawona corridor.
As he drove through Fish Camp, a man with white hair caught his eye as he was nailing a for sale sign in front of a tiny cabin. Ron pulled over and made an offer. Over 50 years later the cabin, graced by the hands of Young’s architectural career, now stands as a 4,200 square foot Bed and Breakfast.
Professionally, Young was a successful architect in the San Jose area for more than 40 years, winning numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Shirley Cooper award, jointly bestowed by AIA and American Association of School Administrators, for the best in educational architecture.
Married to Bette for 50-plus years, together they have three sons and 11 grandchildren.