Half Dome Climber's Log

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orandall - Sep 2, 2004 2:25 pm

Route 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.


jtschanz - Aug 23, 2004 12:57 pm

Route 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 ...


tahoeberne - Aug 13, 2004 8:42 pm

Route 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.


blmcclain - Aug 9, 2004 5:30 pm

Route 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.


CPSLOKorny - Aug 8, 2004 4:42 am

Route 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.


jhalz - Jul 26, 2004 3:03 pm

Route 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.


AlexeyD - Jul 26, 2004 1:37 pm

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

hopefully next time, it will be up the NW face...


poorboy44 - Jul 23, 2004 9:07 pm

Route 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.

Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton - Jul 11, 2004 10:34 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

Route Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: September 1999  Sucess!

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.


Completebum - Jul 1, 2004 3:05 am

Route 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.


hyperbolictans - Jun 27, 2004 5:43 pm

Route 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.


mike_lindacher - Jun 17, 2004 7:50 pm

Route 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.

Paul Spraycar - Jun 16, 2004 12:15 am

Route Climbed: The Cables Date Climbed: June 8, 2004  Sucess!

Good weather, good hiking partner, definitely felt like vacation.


kovarpa - Jun 6, 2004 3:03 pm

Route 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.


dankras - May 24, 2004 2:26 am

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

Good climb; long approach and an even longer way down.

Rick Kent

Rick Kent - May 19, 2004 6:51 pm

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

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.

Ol Walsher

Ol Walsher - May 17, 2004 7:42 pm

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

Followed the JMT and camped near Sunrise Creek. Next morning summited at sunrise. Nobody around.... a moving experience.

Zzyzx - May 11, 2004 1:32 am

Route 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.


cbuelow - Apr 21, 2004 5:09 pm

Route 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.


roadsidefire - Apr 14, 2004 4:04 am

Route Climbed: Cable Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!

With Ken. Started in morning from mist trail, dumped gear at campsite. Returned to campsite around 5pm.

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