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usarock69Route Climbed: via Yosemite Valley Date Climbed: 9/5/2004  Sucess!


We started around 7AM via Happy Isles, following the Mist Trail reaching the summit at 1:30 with plenty of stops to take pictures. This was my second time to hike Half Dome and once again I had a blast! The weather was perfect, the only downside were the crowds. The line at the cables was long, we ended up climbing the final part outside the cables, instead of inside. I think we saved an hour, maybe hour and half. otherwise, it was a beautiful hike with stunning views.
Posted Sep 7, 2004 4:54 pm

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: 9/2/04  Sucess!


Hey! I did it! I hiked on up the extraordinary trail past Vernal and Nevada Falls. I loved the stairs cut right out the granite. Be sure to take your camera for the falls! The trail up from Nevada to the Cables is sweet.. very fine for running down. I ran down it from near the Cables to top of Nevada Falls-about 4.5 miles. The Cables are great! I loved going up and coming down-lots of fun..! Be sure to take you camera! I also ran down from Vernal Bridge to Happy Isles. It's pretty easy to run down most the trail. It's too steep for running from near the cables and between Vernal and Nevada Falls which is about 2 miles total that needs to be hiked down. I love to run-so I ran about 6 miles of it on down. Great area. I love Yosemite.
Posted Sep 4, 2004 11:41 pm

orandallRoute Climbed: tourist trail+cables Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!


fun but be sure to go early or else you get to share the cables with out of shape people who decide they need to stop halfway up the cables themselves.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 2:25 pm

jtschanzRoute Climbed: Snake Dike Date Climbed: August 17, 2004  Sucess!


Awesome route - and my first time climbing in the Sierras! Climbed with Kathy and Liam on a perfect August day. Started up the trail at 4:30am, reached the base of the climb at 8:30am, and took about 6 hours on the rock (with 3 people). The friction move on the second pitch was a bit scary but the rest was pure fun. Met up with my family on the descent and enjoyed a swim in the river and a snack before finishing the hike out at dusk. I'd love to do this one again ...
Posted Aug 23, 2004 12:57 pm

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: circa 1963, 1970, and 1988  Sucess!


I summited Half Dome three times. Twice from Yosemite Valley and the last time from Clouds Rest on a 2 day backpacking trip. Manuevering around people ascending and descending the cables is not my idea of fun, but that only bothered me for less than a half hour. What a thrill to peer off the sheer face with a two thousand foot drop.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 8:42 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Cables Date Climbed: Aug. 8th, 2004  Sucess!


bpgbennett and I started at Tenaya Lake at 7 am and traversed Clouds Rest first. After decending from CR we joined up with the Half Dome trail and reached the summit at 1:30 pm. Had a nice lunch, enjoyed the views (the views from CR are better I think). After flying by people on the cables, we ended up in the Valley 12 hours later and 21 miles from where we started. Very enjoyable hike, nice to get two peaks in one day.
Posted Aug 9, 2004 5:30 pm

CPSLOKornyRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!


My group decided to make it a night hike on our drive there. Missed the crowds and saw a beautiful sunrise.
Posted Aug 8, 2004 4:42 am

jhalzRoute Climbed: Snake Dike Date Climbed: June 22, 2004  Sucess!


Great climb. It was a little windy, but I think that helped keep the tmp down. When we topped out, I was amazed to see how many people were up there.
Posted Jul 26, 2004 3:03 pm

AlexeyDRoute Climbed: Snake Dike Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!


hopefully next time, it will be up the NW face...
Posted Jul 26, 2004 1:37 pm

poorboy44Route Climbed: Reg Route Date Climbed: 1999-2003


June 1999 - 4 days w/ Nick Tomlin

July 1999 - 2.5 days w/ Luc Buchet

September 2001 - 14.5 hours w/ Jo Bertalot

September 2001 - ~14 hours w/ Ian Huang

I would recommend the following strategy:

Day 1: Approach via Death Slabs and fix 2 pitches

Day 2: climb to Big Sandy

Day 3: top out and descend via Death Slabs (much quicker).

You don't need as much water on this route because it is in the shade most of the day. I would recommend 2 liters/person/day. The sun hits the route around 2 PM in the summer.
Posted Jul 23, 2004 9:07 pm

Scott FultonRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: September 1999  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

Scott Fulton

July 1994: Brand new to hiking as a fresh-faced 24-year-old. Really liked it, and made me want to hike Mt. Whitney soon enough.

September 1999: Nice climb with four other guys.

September 16, 2006: Introduced two co-workers to Half Dome. It was good, but there are too many clueless people going up and down those cables. Anyone who is reasonably competent and in shape should be able to make it up in 10-15 minutes. If you insist on going up "between the cables", you are likely to be held up by the hordes and it will take you 45+ minutes. Do yourself a favor if you do this route. Go outside of the two cables, both on the way up and the way down, and your schedule won't be dictated by the anxiety-ridden teenage girl.
Posted Jul 11, 2004 10:34 pm

CompletebumRoute Climbed: Cables Date Climbed: June 29, 2004  Sucess!


Made my first trip to the top of Half Dome in December of 02 with some school friends. Our round trip was about 12 hours and ever since I had wanted to see how fast I could do it without having to wait for the slow pokes.

Running it this time I left HI at 6am, reaching Nevada Falls at 6:45 and had my feet dangling off the beak at 8:05. Hung around on top for 5 minutes then raced back down getting to HI at 9:30. Wound up missing the breakfast buffet by 10 mins, oh well.
Posted Jul 1, 2004 3:05 am

hyperbolictansRoute Climbed: Tourist route Date Climbed: 26th June 2004  Sucess!


Wow, there's so many pple up there, its like some popular beach resort. People playing frisbee, partying...etc... Quite an experience.
Posted Jun 27, 2004 5:43 pm

mike_lindacherRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 7, 2004  Sucess!


Did you know that granite can actually "buzz" with charge during close proximity thunder and lightning storms? Freaky stuff, but it happened on the old Dome.
Posted Jun 17, 2004 7:50 pm

Paul SpraycarRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: June 8, 2004  Sucess!
Good weather, good hiking partner, definitely felt like vacation.
Posted Jun 16, 2004 12:15 am

kovarpaRoute Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!


Pretty fun. We took a friend of ours with us who never "climbed" before and she really enjoyed it. Wasps on the top were sooo annoying that we did not spend as much time as we wanted.
Posted Jun 6, 2004 3:03 pm

dankrasRoute Climbed: Snake Dyke Date Climbed: June 6, 2003  Sucess!


Good climb; long approach and an even longer way down.
Posted May 24, 2004 2:26 am

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Cables Route (Cables Down) Date Climbed: May 14, 2004  Sucess!

Rick Kent

Awesome day! First time up with the cables down and it was a blast. With so few people around I think I may only go up with the cables down from now on. There was only 1 person on top when I got up there and less than a dozen showed up while I was there. Definitely a more pleasurable experience without the hoards of people around.
Posted May 19, 2004 6:51 pm

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

Ol Walsher

Followed the JMT and camped near Sunrise Creek. Next morning summited at sunrise. Nobody around.... a moving experience.
Posted May 17, 2004 7:42 pm

ZzyzxRoute Climbed: Cable Route Date Climbed: Multiple  Sucess!
I hiked to the top probably about 4 times. The most enjoyable was the time when we started from Tenaya Lake, went to Clouds Rest, then down on the other side, went cross-country along the quarter domes and then join the trail and went to the top of Half Dome. From there we hiked down to the Valley, picking up lost tourists without flashlights on our way down.

This was much more enjoyable and less crowded than hiking from the Valley.
Posted May 11, 2004 1:32 am

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