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swamyYay!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2009


Was in Yosemite for a couple of days with my girlfriend and had one day to myself, so started early. I was going pretty fast, reached the top in 4hrs and ran down in 2hrs. 6 hrs end to end. Was pretty happy with myself.
Posted Dec 13, 2016 7:19 pm

SkydiveKenFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2016


finally took the time to just go do it. Well worth the trip.
Posted Oct 28, 2016 3:54 am

climber46Half Dome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


Climbed twice, once in spring and also in September 2008. It was most amazing in spring when the waterfalls are filled with water and mist.
Posted Oct 24, 2016 7:11 am

BobD3with the cables down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2016


Really not too hard to do with a good pair of "grabby" gloves and mostly worn out hiking boots. Didn't really need prusics although some used them.
It's truly a wonderful climb, the falls are amazing, but I can completely understand why Norman Clyde stayed out of Yosemite Valley. On the other hand, I can also understand why the crowds show up here.
Only about 10 people on top this day.
Waited 3 1/2 hrs. for the trail crew to remove the cables, midday. They were supposedly going to do this yesterday, Oct.11.
Posted Oct 19, 2016 8:24 pm

RomainSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2003


With R. Renteria. First at the base, thankfully since many parties followed. Great climb.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 1:33 am

IronHikerMist Trail and cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016


Stunning beauty along the Mist Trail up and down. We started early and there were only a few other people on the cables. Full report here.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 2:10 pm

MarlinTrifecta   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2015


First ascent was a day hike from Happy Isles TH. My second Half-Dome ascent occurred during a multi-day backpacking trek through Yosemite. On July 15, 2015, I ascended Half-Dome, Yosemite' most recognizable landmark for the third time. I'm so close, why knot? LOL The route is definitely not for individuals suffering from acrophobia. During my descent, I encountered a young man donning a huge backpack. Asked why he didn't leave his pack on the saddle, he replied his pack contained wedding attire for his fiancee and himself. Yes, a wedding occurred atop Half-Dome that day. A professional photographer posted the wedding pictures on the Internet.
Posted Feb 3, 2016 7:01 pm

tylerhsEasy hike up standard route.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2012


Got to the top in time for some scattered thunderstorms, everybody hurried down the cables.
Posted Oct 22, 2015 1:28 am

Lenny72Success on Half Dome!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2015


Stayed at Camp 4, met people from around the world then hiked up Half Dome. I suggest taking the Mist Trail for its sheer beauty. I was surprised at how steep it was on the cables but I cruised right up. Not many climbers (a Friday in October) to get in my way. Weather was perfect, views were spectacular. All those steps are rough on the knees but it was definitely worth it. Yosemite is amazing!
Posted Oct 5, 2015 4:33 am

MarmadukeSunrise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2015


Left from Little Yosemite Camp at 4:30, summit at 6:40 and watched a spectacular sunrise. A wonderful experience going up by headlamp.
Posted Sep 30, 2015 10:43 am

digmanHalf Dome hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2013
Family day hike up the cable route. Beautiful day, not too crowded. Fantastic!
Posted Sep 2, 2015 5:29 pm

Hiker4lifeLife changing hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2006


After hearing about Half Dome for years, I finally made it up to Yosemite for my first major hike. The weather nice in the valley, but windy going up the cables. Once on top, the winds died down and I stayed for an hour soaking in the great views. I've been hooked on hiking and the outdoors ever since.
Posted Jul 14, 2015 8:42 pm

jkantolineAccomlishment  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2009


This was my first real hike in Yosemite, taking the Yosemite Valley route up and the Happy Isles route down. Breathtaking views from the top, and loved the entire experience in general.
Posted Jun 23, 2015 1:32 am

ScottyPWinter! Sort of  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 18, 2015


Weak winter created opportunity! Cables down!
Posted Jan 21, 2015 10:31 pm

Michael TildenWhen I was younger  Sucess!

Michael Tilden

Scout trip using cables
Posted Dec 29, 2014 2:08 pm

ktoyamaHalf Dome Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 5, 2014
My first Yosemite hike. Got a permit on Sat and went there Sunday morning and dis this as a day hike from the Yosemite valley, just one week before the cable went down.
Posted Dec 15, 2014 7:24 pm

CptAmericacables down prusiks up  Sucess!


climbed it twice in a 7 day period. cables were down. used prusiks to get up. very fun/long day hike. had the summit to ourselves for about an hour until some people climbing snake dike joined us. going down was a little more unnerving than going up
Posted Oct 21, 2014 5:06 pm

DalianHalf Dome


I climbed it once a year for the past 12 years. So I did hike to the top of Half Dome 12 times. Usually in the beginning of November when the cables are down and the crowds are gone.
For the past 6 years, I did the Cloud's Rest - Half Dome loop.
(2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
Posted Oct 9, 2014 7:58 pm

trexkerry4th time via cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2014
4th time up in last 3 years. Will probably keep doing this on an annual basis, started at 9 AM and was back to the car by 5:30 - not too crowded as this was a Friday near the end of the season. Trip report is HERE.
Posted Oct 6, 2014 12:45 am

DieselHalf Dome Experience   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2012


Everybody was fast to recommend a 4 AM starting time! Really? We went there to hike, see the nature, take pictures and have fun, not to hike in the dark. Left at 8AM, back at 5:30 PM? One hour on top. Went up Mist Trail and down John Muir Trail. Lots of very slow folks on cables, blocking both cables in the same time. My hands got tired holding the cable so I went on the outside and pulled myself up in 10 minutes. Going down felt way longer than going up.
Posted Jul 16, 2014 10:50 pm

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