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huskertriguyDisneyland?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2007


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

thundercloudSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2007


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


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!


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


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


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!


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!


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


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!


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


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


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


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

awagherSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2006


Fun day out. Fell unroped on the approach and got a little banged up. Finished the day in under 12 hrs. Climbed "Grack" on Sunday and drove home.
Posted Nov 8, 2006 10:14 pm

apachedinoCable Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2005


Climbed the Cable Route August 18th 2005 with my brother. Long hike but with some excellent views all along the way and especially at the top. Didn't know until now there were any other non technical ways to the top. Hope to come back someday and do it the hard way....someday.
Posted Nov 8, 2006 7:25 am

forjanSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2006


Climbed with awagher. A fun day. We started from the Curry Village parking lot at 5:40am. Did the climb in 7 pitches (3.5 hrs). Topped out at the summit by 1:50pm. Back at Curry Village by 5:10pm.

Route Climbed: Snake Dike
Date Climbed: June 4, 2005

Climbed with Javier Gonzalez. We took Javier's minimalist rack for this climb (actual gear we used: 60m rope, 3 quickdraws, 1 single runner, 5 locking biners, 2 oval biners and 5 cams (1 red Alien, 1 orange Alien, 1 Metolius #4, 1 green BD .75 and 1 pink BD 1.0). Left Curry Village at 7:45am. Did the actual climb in 2.5 hours starting at 11:15am and finishing the last pitch (8th pitch for us) at 1:45pm. Then, it was another 40 minutes on the class 2 slabs to the summit. Stayed at the summit for almost an hour. Descended via the cables, ran down to past Little Yosemite Valley and took the Misty Trail down (well, it turned out to be the SHOWER trail down.....as I got soaked from Vernal Falls). Back at Curry Village at 5:30pm for pizza & beer.

Route Climbed: Cables
Date Climbed: October 27, 2001

The cables were down against the rock as of 10/27/2001.

There were many many gloves (like work heavy-cloth gloves)
by the small rock saddle just before where you grab the
cable. It was a bit windy at the saddle. I used the right cable as I went up. Stayed almost an hour at the summit.
Posted Nov 6, 2006 4:07 pm

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