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TomSellickHad the route to myself  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 16, 2007

TomSellick

Cables route was great. Started at 6 am and saw ZERO people on the trail on the way up, besides 2 guys on snake dike. Unreal. Cables were "down" but I creeped up anyway. Best solo hike of all time. Saw a rattlesnake and 200 people on the way down.
Posted Jun 7, 2007 8:21 pm

NavySeabeeCables were cool!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2005

NavySeabee

Great day - but then again, what day of bagging a California icon isn't great?! Pretty windy on top. My camera started scooting across a flat rock. By the way, bike gloves are not a good way to grip the cables. Note to self...
Posted Jun 4, 2007 6:21 pm

huskertriguyDisneyland?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2007

huskertriguy

Unbelievably beautiful backdrop, but I've never seen so many people on a trail before. Kids in ponchos and slip-on canvas shoes, girls in denim mini-skirts; I couldn't believe it. The traffic jam on the cables was pretty annoying and tedious, but as always I'm thankful for each step taken.

I'm in pretty lousy shape right now after 2 months laid up from a really nasty ankle sprain resulting from a trail run, but still made it easily enough. (Was that an awkward sentence or what?!)

Anyway, do this summit on a weekday if at all possible (though I'm not sure it'll help). It'll enhance your experience and appreciation.

First time in Yosemite; I can't wait to go back.
Posted May 29, 2007 5:09 pm

Tom FralichSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

Tom Fralich

Left the parking lot at 5AM and reached the base of the route at 8:15AM. The hike past Vernal and Nevada Falls was spectacular. Since we were the first party on the route, we were able to climb really quickly, reaching the top at around 12:30PM. The lack of much pro between belays also made for quick progress. I led pitches 1,3,5,7 and the others were led by Eric Aldenhoff. The descent down the cables was a bit annoying with about 500 Memorial Day weekend tourists blocking the way. The hike down the Mist Trail was also a traffic jam but added some spice to the descent. We were back at the car by 5PM. Overall, a nice day with beautiful hiking and somewhat mundane climbing in a spectacular setting.
Posted May 27, 2007 2:37 pm

thundercloudSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2007

thundercloud

Fun day on the rock. Approached on Muir around the back side of Liberty Cap, which is longer yet less strenuous (and drier) than the Mist. Approach has a few "interesting" sections. Descended the down cables using a prusik for security...nice to have.
Posted May 25, 2007 4:10 pm

EverydayExplorerHigh School Fieldtrip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2007

EverydayExplorer

It would have been a typical hike up the cables except on that day an all girls high school had made it a requirement in order to graduate they had to summit half dome. I thought that was kind of cool. Their brother school had something similar in that they had to touch to floor of the Grand Canyon. I wish my high school had been that hip.
Posted May 25, 2007 2:15 am

JanellOh my legs  Sucess!

Janell

This was one of the most awesome hikes ive ever been on, I love the cables!
Posted May 14, 2007 5:32 pm

granitepeakerWonderful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2007

granitepeaker

Just finished this summit last week and loved the hike. I made the summit with two female friends and did it round trip in 10 hours with the cables down. We used harnesses and did a sling around the cable, better then nothing. My first trip to Yosemite so it was nice to climb something while there.
Posted May 7, 2007 10:51 am

KevinEldonLong walk, not summit
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2007

KevinEldon

Got to shoulder but didn't make the summit w/ the cables. The cables were down... I had already hiked 16 miles... hadn't really acclimatized at all and was coming from sea level...and other excuses.

It's a great hike. Gorgeous views.
Posted May 3, 2007 11:28 am

snowclimber12cables  Sucess!

snowclimber12

climbed it multiple times, lots of fun each times sometimes very interesting, like naked guy on top, but good long hike
Posted Apr 22, 2007 10:53 pm

batesvilleTypical ascent  Sucess!

batesville

Nothing special about this ascent besides the views. Oh yeah, and the fat guy laying in the middle of the cables crying and wishing that it was over (He was about 30 meters from the summit).
Posted Apr 16, 2007 4:21 pm

Vic HansonCables Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1997

Vic Hanson

Enjoyed the hike up with friends, especially passing on the outside of the cables to bypass the crowd!. Wanted to go back the following year on my 50th birthday to rock climb it but never made it due to a shoulder injury.
Posted Apr 1, 2007 3:48 pm

mow10Snake Dike Simul  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2000

mow10

After gaining the dike itself simul climbing the route made for one of the best uninterrupted trips up a piece of granite I have ever had the pleasure of making. Props to Alex for leading this continuously runout route.
Posted Mar 17, 2007 5:01 pm

Bubba SuessFamily spot...  Sucess!

Bubba Suess

My folks met climbing Half Dome in '63, so this has always been a favorite family spot. My dad and his brother were backpacking and ended up meeting and accompanying my mom to the summit. He claims that he has cooked the only lasagna ever cooked on Half Dome. I have summited the mountain numerous times since I was a child.
Posted Mar 9, 2007 10:03 pm

HyadventureCables Route August 2002  Sucess!

Hyadventure

A beautiful hike, but harder then I expected for the gain and distance. Probably more fun in the cooler months.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 6:10 pm

hockeymanCables route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2005

hockeyman

Hiked the Cables Route with my 11 year old son. We made it round-trip in 8 hours. Nice hike. My second time on the summit. Saw a huge rattlesnake on the hike up by the Shoulder. Got a pic of it.
Posted Mar 7, 2007 4:33 pm

Arthur DigbeeGreat views  Sucess!

Arthur Digbee

Wonderful hike up the cables, even with the crowds.
Posted Jan 9, 2007 10:56 pm

Mark NCable Route w/out the crowds...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2006

Mark N

...since the cables were still down. No snow or ice on the cable section. Tied-in to cable w/ a prussik a loop & 7mm accessory cord. Progressed reasonably quickly up & down the cable holding the slack loops in one hand. Needed a second prussik to transition where the cable anchors to the rock. Had the top to myself for a brief period.
Posted Jan 8, 2007 12:04 am

eferesenHalf Dome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2005

eferesen

My first great hike. One of my fondest memories. I was in such spirit that I did the hike on back to back days from Curry Village (Happy Isle). The cables were laying on the beautiful granitic batholith and I just eat it up.
Posted Dec 29, 2006 9:01 pm

danman3156Snake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

danman3156

A good way to avoid all the crowds with a rewarding view from the top. Coming down the cables was the scariest part.
Posted Dec 5, 2006 6:41 am

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