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Big Escapes Launches onDemand Videos for Hikers Aspiring to Climb Half Dome Trail at Yosemite

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August 27, 2010

Big Escapes Launches onDemand Videos for Hikers Aspiring to Climb Half Dome Trail at Yosemite

By Madhubanti Rudra
TMCnet Contributor

The Half Dome hiking trail at Yosemite is a must-see destination for adventure tourism enthusiasts. It is rare to find a nature lover who would not want to take part in a hiking adventure in Yosemite. One of the most loved hiking trails in the world, Half Dome is irresistibly beautiful on the one hand and extremely strenuous on the other. But with Big Escapes creating an onDemand streaming video series for Half Dome hikers, aspiring tourists will now find it easier to safely complete one of the world’s best day hikes.

Big Escapes has a long tradition of partnering with National Parks, authors, technology companies and non-profit associations to bring the public high quality mobile apps and videos about some of the world’s most desired natural or historical landmarks and for making people aware of emerging technologies. The digital publisher has acquired unparallel expertise in the mobile storytelling field, and as such provides the best of class mobile/video experience.

To walk customers through the Half Dome hiking experience, Big Escapes brought in famous Yosemite adventurer and author Rick Deutsch to share his experience with the aspiring hikers. The author has hiked Yosemite’s Half Dome over 27 times.

In this video series he shares tips and secrets about how to summit one of the world's most famous hikes. Deutsch speaks more than 40-times per year throughout Northern California and also provides private training lessons to aspiring hikers.  Rick and Big Escapes have collaborated to create a 68-minute streaming lesson that complements his bestselling book, “One Best Hike, Yosemite’s Half Dome.”

Deutsch’s lessons touch on natural history, wildlife, hiking poles and water treatment. He also offers hands-on tips on how to ascend and descend with mountain with cables.

The video comprises 10 lessons, which can be streamed or downloaded for viewing on computers, laptops or smart phones by anyone on a worldwide basis. Groups interested in experiencing paid onDemand videos first hand can download “Hike Half Dome: Anyone Can” at for $7.92 or $0.99 per lesson.

The highlight of the video of course is the virtual tour of the hike. The tips coming from a noted expert on hiking Half Dome make the video invaluable. This video is perfect for hikers who cannot attend one of his talks.

“Big Escapes is about educating people as they experience the world’s most iconic places. We are very excited to have our flagship onDemand Video Series feature the incomparable Half Dome,” said Reid Bierly, president for Big Escapes.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Beecher Tuttle

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