I’ve been meaning to share the face mask pattern that I adapted from the Unity Point Olson Mask, but it’s not ready yet because it keeps shape-shifting. I keep making small adjustments to it, which probably don’t matter at this point because every face is so different. Anyway, soon I will have it tacked down in PDF format and will share here.
So far I’ve made >200 masks. I’ve made masks for climbing guides:
I’ve made masks for tiny people:
I’ve made masks for small people:
I’ve been handing out free two-layer cotton masks around Bishop, and giving them to friends. Folks who have insisted on paying — their money has been donated to the ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The masks have pliable metal nose bridge stays and a hidden pocket on the inside in case users want to add filter layers. They’re about the best you can do without having a N95 mask.Parts of this post are passworded.
Escape to Yosemite
Yosemite now has a permit system which limits traffic somewhat*. We heard maybe we could get more of the Park to ourselves, and headed out on our first venture to a public place since February. We enjoyed a few slightly-more-serene days in the park. For me it still felt like a zoo, but maybe that’s because I’ve been living with 1-2 people surrounded by millions of acres of untouched forest for five months. We went for a hike, and the next day for a climb, and for about 48 hours almost forgot that it’s been a difficult year. I hadn’t seen Tuolumne from up high since 2013 (and I didn’t see much then because I was running from a lightning storm off Clouds Rest). These views floored me and smoothed my ruffled feathers.
* Many people are abusing the system, poaching time in the Park by cheating at the gate. Looked like a bunch of young climbers. I’ve come to terms with the fact there will always be the “exceptional ones…” who the rules don’t apply to, and who ruin nice things for everyone else. (Ahem. There’s a pattern going on here. Please wear a mask.)