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mooheadPerfect day for a grueling, but incredible, hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


Hiked the second full day that cables have been up for the 2011 season. Left the Bay Area at 1:30AM, on the trail by 6:00AM. Mist Trail felt more like Hurricane Trail - the Merced River is raging this year! Reached the cables around 11:00AM and there weren't too many people at that time, but on the way down at 12:00PM there were a lot more people going up the cables and arriving at the top of the sub dome. The view from the top of Half Dome is unreal. Took the JMT on the way down because Mist Trail was way too wet/flooded. Arrived back at Happy Isles around 5:00PM.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 5:03 pm

Smithman123Cable-free  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011


We drove up from the Bay Area, arriving in the park at midnight. We climbed the cables route, reaching the summit by 5a. There was almost no snow on the entire route (a path was cleared through what remained), but the cables were not yet "up". Awesome sunrise on top of Half Dome!
Posted Jun 19, 2011 12:17 pm

mjp20kCables route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 1996


A long day, left the valley floor at noon and returned at 9 PM.
Posted Jun 6, 2011 5:47 pm

harryquachCrowded Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2004


Nice hike, many people along the trail
Posted Jun 2, 2011 12:23 pm

phillinleyi hate ladders


I clipped into the cables with a harness. Yes I'm that much of a baby, and yes it was annoying to clip and unclip constantly between poles.
Posted May 30, 2011 4:01 pm

triyodaCables Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2010


I can't imagine what a zoo this place is when the cables are up.
Posted May 13, 2011 7:42 pm

cwharringtonlawCable-Town  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009
Camped in position to be the first up the cables in the morning. Pulled myself up using both cables without the usual mob present. Lingered a bit long and bumped into the crowd as I was coming down. As such, descent took much longer.
Posted May 12, 2011 1:46 pm

DenjemClimbed it  Sucess!


Went to do snake dike. Went up the cables instead. Didn't like carring my climbing gear on a day hike. Snake dike, you will be mine.
Posted May 12, 2011 12:25 pm

Niels79Halfdome night hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009


Fantastic view
Posted Apr 16, 2011 10:19 pm

HaddadbGreat but long day hike.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010


Climbed with Steven Bradley and Jon Berry from Happy Isles.
Posted Apr 16, 2011 12:39 pm

MonopoleHot Day  Sucess!


Got an early start (4am), and made it to the summit before the hordes arrived. Down in the valley, it was over 100F in the early afternoon!
Posted Apr 12, 2011 4:17 pm

ZarathustraMist Trail up -> cables -> JMT down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2011


This was truly one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I've ever done. I heartily second all the rave reviews of other climbers. That said, here's what kinda sucked about it. There were a ton of people on the trail, even though it was a Thursday. I guess there's just no such thing as a slow day in Yosemite in August. Sharing the trail is fine, but lines at the cables represented a real bottleneck, and the real problem is the one or two people who freeze in terror on their way up or down.

The other thing is that the top of Half Dome actually presents a slightly disappointing view - in the sense that Yosemite's most defining feature isn't in sight because it's under your feet.

Bring a water filter and watch for the spring behind the log about 3/4 of the way up.

My party included my wife Lynda (aka Zarathustraswife), daughter Alexa (18), son Nathan (16), Sarah, David, Danny and Kellie.

Time on the trail (or lazing about off the trail): 6am - 6pm

Wildlife sightings included a pretty big rattlesnake, and Zack and Cody from the Disney Channel.
Posted Mar 21, 2011 10:55 pm

ZarathustraswifeMist Trail up, JMT down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2010


This was the hardest hike to date that I have done. I hiked this with my husband, step-daughter, step-son, 2 brothers, sister and sister-in-law. We hiked the Mist trail up and the John Muir trail down. I believe we finished this hike in about 16 hours. The stairs at Mist trail and the ascent/descent of Sub-Dome were the most challenging parts of the hike for me. The hardest part about the cables was waiting for people who were too scared to move, holding up the line.

Posted Mar 21, 2011 4:18 pm

Kristin5berryGreat firsts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008


My first time to Yosemite and this climb changed my view for the great:)
Posted Feb 10, 2011 4:13 am

mountainmattCables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006


Camped at Quarter Domes after another season in the High Sierra.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 7:52 pm

ShinLV11 days backpacking trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010


I went to Yosemite for 11 days backpacking trip. On the 9th day, I started from top of Clouds Rest then hiked up to Half Dome, then down to Yosemite Valley.
It was 8,500 ft of total elevation Loss with 40lbs backpack.
My trip album
Posted Feb 6, 2011 1:04 pm

GigaMikeFrom Tenaya  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010


Hiked to Half Dome & Clouds Rest from Tenaya Lake. Perfect weather!
Posted Feb 4, 2011 12:43 am

Matt Worsterregular route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2003

Matt Worster

Yay cables!
Posted Feb 3, 2011 1:40 pm

DrewidSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2000


Have hiked it 3 times up the cables but finally bagged Snake Dike the day after Thanksgiving during a relatively warm spell back in like 2000. Sublime. "friction forever" after the climb ends is no lie, it's a classic calf burner. Descending the cables laying against the rock was interesting but easy.
Posted Dec 30, 2010 6:55 pm

splattskiCables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 1975


Date is approximate.
Posted Dec 18, 2010 4:43 pm

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