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cbuelowRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: May 23 - 24, 2003  Sucess!


Hiked from Happy Isles and branched off the Half Dome trail toward Clouds Rest and camped near Sunrise Creek about 1 mile from where we left the main trail. Up at 2:30am, on the summit for breakfast and a beautiful sunrise. Nobody else up top. An amazing experience.
Posted Apr 21, 2004 5:09 pm

roadsidefireRoute Climbed: Cable Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!


With Ken. Started in morning from mist trail, dumped gear at campsite. Returned to campsite around 5pm.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 4:04 am

M and N DenyerRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: June 17, 2003  Sucess!

M and N Denyer

Did this awesome hike with Brian Jenkins. Have been wanting to do it for quite sometime. Gorgeous weather and views. The cables were fun going up and down--dodging panicked tourists. Mark decided it was quicker to walk just outside of the cables to avoid the crowds.
Posted Mar 30, 2004 10:51 am

ScottySRoute Climbed: Snake Dike Date Climbed: March 15, 2004  Sucess!


Did the Snake Dike route for the first time with my friend bearbnz --- very fun. The trip was a bit of an adventure, all told. Read about it in this trip report.
Posted Mar 18, 2004 10:43 am

derbillyRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: October 17, 2001  Sucess!


After trail running up to the cables and waiting for some dude to come down and tell me how cramped up his hands were, I grabbed some gloves and pulled myself up. The cables had just been taken down a week earlier making the climb up a little more exciting. I had the summit to myself and took some time to explore the area and soak in the views. I was rather content after hearing stories about traffic jams on the cables.
Posted Feb 24, 2004 2:59 am

mposnerRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: September 1992  Sucess!


My wife and I did the one day hike to the top. It was a long day. I had a real bad case of poison oak. We made it, but we didn't have much gas left in us after we finished.

Going up the cables was a blast. I felt like Batman going up a side of a building.
Posted Feb 23, 2004 11:46 am

birdheadRoute Climbed: Cables Date Climbed: May 2002 and 2003  Sucess!


I guess this is the hike to do. Great views. Lots of people.
Posted Feb 4, 2004 1:57 am

RobRoute Climbed: N.W. face Regular Route Date Climbed: 2000  Sucess!


Climbed the NW Face reg route once, and Snake Dike about 5 times.
Posted Jan 29, 2004 8:14 pm

LaraRoute Climbed: The cables Date Climbed: October, 2003  Sucess!


After a lovely side trip to Nevada Fall we made it to top for a very late lunch. After an hour we only shared the summit with about 10 other people. One Half Dome veteran planned to enjoy the full moon by himself at the top. D and I jogged down all the relatively flat sections to make the most of the disappearing daylight. I was glad I wasn’t wearing sandals like one of the people we encountered on the trail. I got back to the car tired, happy and pleased to be in such good company.
Posted Jan 27, 2004 7:13 pm

Sam MillsRoute Climbed: Cable Route Date Climbed: Summer 1976  Sucess!

Sam Mills

I climbed this with a few high school buddies during a road trip to Yosemite in 1976. We started around 9:00 am in just tennis shoes and cut-offs, no shirts, food or water, and got back at sundown.
Posted Jan 24, 2004 4:24 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: NW Face Date Climbed: September 1998  Sucess!
2 day trip up this amazing wall!
Posted Jan 21, 2004 1:30 pm

Dave DinnellRoute Climbed: Cables Rt.; Snake Dike Date Climbed: July 1986; May 1987  Sucess!

Dave Dinnell

Climbed the cables route with a group of kids that some friends and I were leading on a day hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley. Half Dome was a spontaneous side trip. Snake Dike, climbed with friends John Pfieffer and Russ Stein, is great and I've been back several times to repeat it. In '87 it was still o.k. to spend the night on top, so we climbed with packs on our backs and cooled our beer in the summit snow pack. Unforgetable view of the stars that night!
Posted Jan 13, 2004 2:09 am

Dave DalyRoute Climbed: Snake Dike Date Climbed: July 1996  Sucess!

Dave Daly

My first Yosemite multi-pitch climb. A few false starts below the overlap but managed just fine. Waited an hour and a half for one party to clear the second pitch belay anchors while 4 other parties waited below us!!! Also jogged up the Cables about a half dozen times over the years.
Posted Nov 2, 2003 11:18 pm

fedakRoute Climbed: Cable Route Date Climbed: 18-Oct-2003  Sucess!


10x for Half Dome and 1st time with the cables down. Hadn't planned on doing the dome a 2nd time this year, but was playing tour guide for a friend who had never been to the park.

Beautiful clear fall day and the Aspens were displaying their colors.

Pics are here
Posted Oct 24, 2003 11:06 am

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: Cables Route Date Climbed: July 03  Sucess!


Great hike from the Valley. Very warm day - and very crowded. Met a large group of teens gathering thier energy and looking for encourgement before going up. Took Mist Trail variation and enjoyed the spay on the way down.

Posted Oct 20, 2003 8:38 am

Johnhl94563Route Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: 10/10/03  Sucess!


Time for the annual trip up Half Dome before the cables come down (3rd year in a row now). Despite being a Friday in October there were quite a few people on the summit. Beautiful fall weather. Nice and warm once the sun came up (high 30's before then).

Personally I find I don't like the gloves. Just grip the cable with your hands :-) However on the way down, gloves would be nice to allow your hand to slide down the cable for a faster descent.

Posted Oct 12, 2003 10:16 am

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Standard Route via the Cables Date Climbed: May 31, 2003  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Loved it! The cables were cool. Only complaint: too many people.
Posted Oct 9, 2003 3:17 pm

RomainRoute Climbed: Snake Dike Date Climbed: October 6, 2003  Sucess!


Very nice day in the mountains. Climbed with Rene' Renteria, alternating leads. It is a pretty awesome route on a pretty awesome piece of granite. But it is also an easier route than the rating would lead to believe - there are basically just a couple of moves of 5.7. The rest is easy 5th/4th class. I suspect the rating might be there to keep crowds away, but if that's the goal it's not a big success. 8 parties on there on an October weekday, who would have thought... Fortunately we got to the base of the route first and stayed first till the end.

Here are the pics:

Snake Dike
Posted Oct 7, 2003 1:51 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: The cables Date Climbed: 5 October, 2003


Another semi-epic. Lara and I had a reasonable starting time of 7.49, from the TH parking lot. Adopted a rather leisurely pace, also making sure to check out Nevada Fall on the way (spectacular! Was able to actually go up to the wall & touch the water coming down, something that would be impossible during the spring).

Finally reaching the base of the cables, despite menacing-looking clouds overhead, we went for it anyway (it's the Sierra Nevada, not the Rockies!), feeling great about our decision when the clouds moved over towards Mt. Clark. Got up to the summit ~15.30. Hung out up top for awhile, enjoying the summit after a lot of work. Took off @ 16.44.

On the way down, encountered a clueless tourist from Israel (went up in sandals, didn't appear to have any extra clothes, had run out of water, & didn't have a light source), and a (little bit less) clueless couple, who also didn't have any light (they'd left at 10.00 in Oct for a 17-mile hike!)- as we encountered them first, we let them borrow our extra 1-LED mini light. They got down all right. Don't know about the other guy- probably made his first unplanned bivy. Saw a full-grown rattlesnake on the way down, too! Got back to the car at 21.09, taking 3:20 to get back to Oakland. Long hike, great company, beautiful day, & amazing surroundings!

Snake Dike, 11 June, 2005:

Climbed w/ Gordon. Started @ 7.40. Great weather, & awesome to walk past raging Vernal & Nevada Falls in the spring!

W/ 3-4 parties ahead of us upon arrival at the base, had to wait ~ 1 hr to even start. Then once on the route, the pace of the group 2 or 3 parties ahead slowed to a snail's, & we ended up waiting another hour or 2 at a hanging belay- not fun!!!

Aside from that, though, the climb was amazing!!! Run out, exposed, & stimulating!! Perfect rock & amazing views (also don't have to worry about fiddling w/ gear!). I would definitely advise those desiring to lead this climb to be comfortable soloing 5.3-5.4 before attempting this route. G-man & I soloed the last (5.2) pitch, 'finishing' the route @ 18.35(!!).

Got our stuff together & started hiking up the endless slabs @ 18.50. Summited @ 19.25. Hung out, took some photos, were the last to leave, @ 19.51. W/ our weak headlamps it took seemingly forever to get back to the car (esp. after not being able to find the parking lot) shortly before 2.00. Long day but amazing climb!

25 May, 2013
Snake Dike
Walked up with John-O, Steve, and Marek from the trailhead, starting at 18.26. Arrived at the base?? I started up first; first pitch-and-a-half went fine; got stymied when I couldn't find the bolt shortly above the roof. Waited for Steve to go past with rope to show where was (didn't want to have to do any sketchy downclimbing if I didn't have to). A short pause at the crux, although it was fine once I pulled it. Rest of route sublime, esp. when I turned the headlamp off. Topped out at 2.36. Shivered until the amazing sunrise. Great experience!
Posted Oct 6, 2003 11:55 am

Brett ARoute Climbed: Cables Date Climbed: October 4, 2003  Sucess!
My friend and I left the Bay Area at 4:15 AM and arrived at the trailhead parking lot at 7:15. Not too many people on the way up but the cables were beginning to become jammed when we got there. Reached the summit at 11:30 AM and ate lunch. By the time we descended the cables they were quite crowded and soon went into gridlock as usual. Made it back at 3:00.
Posted Oct 4, 2003 10:54 pm

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