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AJHerrmSecond Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2012


Hiked from Yosemite Valley to the top and back from 6:30am to 3:00pm. We were concerned about afternoon thunderstorms but it ended up being a beautiful day. We enjoyed Vernal and Nevada Falls on the way back and a dip in the Merced to cool off.
Posted Aug 15, 2012 2:53 pm

countrykyleSunrise climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2009


Watched the sunrise from the base of the cables
Posted Aug 7, 2012 2:49 pm

RickFVery Gratifying  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2012


I first attempted Half Dome in 2007, very casually with my wife on an anniversary get-away trip. When arriving at the huge crowds at the bottom of the cables I turned back.
This time, the new permit system seems to really have reduced the number of people. There's still some waiting for slower moving people, both up and down on the cables, but nothing like it was in 2007. Despite the permanent "aid" (the cables) and all the criticism of the route being for tourists I really enjoyed it. But then I also enjoy the Main Mt. Whitney Trail.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 10:58 am

mg1779Backpacked it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007


Hiked the Mist train to little Yosemite Valley where we left all our heavy stuff. Climbed up the cables and then back down to little Yosemite Valley.
Posted Jul 18, 2012 1:20 am

LincolnBSlippery  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2012


Started at Tenaya, mostly ran to the base of the climb, then took the cables up. The biggest surprise was how slippery the rock was between the cables, worn smooth by countless thousands of feet -- bring shoes that will grip. Then hiked down to the valley and took the YARTS shuttle back to Tenaya. No scree to soften the descent -- my calves are still sore.
Posted Jul 14, 2012 1:40 am

gwave47Cables from Glacier Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2012


We started at Glacier Point, took the Cables to the top, then descended via the Mist Trail into the Valley. If you have a shuttle this is a good route, though I would recommend descending the John Muir Trail to avoid the steep decline and the crowds. There was no ranger out checking permits this day either.
Posted Jul 10, 2012 11:25 am

trexkerryVia Cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2012
Just the standard classic hike - dayhike via Mist Trail on the way up and JM Trail on the way down. Not too crowded on the cables. Fun day.
Posted Jul 4, 2012 8:11 pm

sangusPerfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2011


I tore up my feet a little on this hike breaking in some mountaineering boots for the first time. Didn't realize that they break you instead. The weather was perfect thoroughly enjoyed the hike.
Posted Apr 10, 2012 6:14 pm

orbitorFrom the Valley via Cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2010


Redemption after failed 1st attempt in 2006. Great timing at end of summer season - only a third of regular crowd on the trail. Nothing beats the feeling of standing on top after conquering the cables!
Posted Apr 10, 2012 1:01 pm

tdburnettSuccess  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011


Great 17 mile hike to the top of Half Dome with Y-Explore.
Posted Apr 9, 2012 10:30 pm

lizklevyCables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011


Nice stop along the JMT.
Posted Mar 31, 2012 2:45 am

krrt2000Snake Dike
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 1994


With Duane, great view and climb. Cables were closed for repairs, had the summit pretty much to ourselves for three hours.
Posted Feb 26, 2012 8:09 pm

darinchadwickLooking on both sides


Episode 1: The slow backpack method. My friend went into diabetic shock just before we reached camp. I got him to wash down some candy with OJ while he was incoherent, but before he passed out. No bears though, and a nice mellow pace.
Episode 2: Snake Dike, took this Norwegian hottie I'd recently met up this route, married her 3 years later. It's a good route for that kind of thing.
Episode 3: Started at Tenaya Lake, up Clouds Rest on our way to HD, then learned that the shuttle bus times had changed, so had to run all the way down the trail to the valley, made it with 20 minutes to spare, but no summit.
Posted Feb 13, 2012 4:50 am

GlennDCables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2011


Second trip up to Half Dome, first when the cables were up. Great view from the top, of course!
Posted Jan 19, 2012 3:23 am

AndyMac321I was there  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2003


One day hike to the to and back, what a day!
Posted Jan 14, 2012 11:30 am

sardudeDid it.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2003


Cables w/ Dakota on his 8th B-day.
Posted Jan 13, 2012 1:33 am

sardudeDid it.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2003


Cables w/ Dakota on his 8th B-day.
Posted Jan 13, 2012 1:33 am

smurferCables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2010


I've been up here by the cables route from Happy Isles three times (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2010). Was worth breaking camp early and beating the crowds. Each time I went up and down just outside of the cables, which made a few people unhappy. But honestly, I felt much safer that way than sitting on my butt for 10 minutes behind someone who has stalled in between the cables.
Posted Jan 4, 2012 7:39 pm

DarrenKnezekClimbed Regular Northwest Face in 15 hours.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 1995


My first Big Wall climb. Climbed in about 15 hours and camped back at the base. Climbed with an old friend, Mike Hunter.
Posted Nov 22, 2011 6:52 pm

MCGustosunrise on half dome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2006


Left at midnight and arrived atop half dome for sunrise. Just me, jarrod, matt, and travis, along with two other travelers on top at the end of august
Posted Oct 28, 2011 12:22 am

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