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.
Got to the top in time for some scattered thunderstorms, everybody hurried down the cables.
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!
Left from Little Yosemite Camp at 4:30, summit at 6:40 and watched a spectacular sunrise. A wonderful experience going up by headlamp.
Family day hike up the cable route. Beautiful day, not too crowded. Fantastic!
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.
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.
Weak winter created opportunity! Cables down!
Scout trip using cables
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Did cables before the permit madness. Stupidly went with two triathletes (hey Matt, hey Jessica) that kicked my ass hard. We did the whole hike, round-trip, in under 4 hours.
straightforward day hike from Happy isles on a 91 degree day!
Approximate date of second time ascending, on the way back from Merced Lake on a backpacking trip. First time was a day hike back in 1992. A hike that truly captures the essence of Yosemite: superb scenery, ridiculous crowds.
Dayhike with friends up the cabled route.
05/28/14 via Snake Dikes - Climbed with my wife Natasha for our honeymoon. She got blisters and it ended up taking us almost 14 hours round trip
Standard trail with lots of people.