Day 3 of a 3 day trek. After about 25 miles we woke and headed up Half Dome Trail (without our packs!) Found a very small crowd atop subdome and was surprised to be as nervous as I was. Eventually found the courage and made my way up the cables. Finally summited a peak I had been dreaming of since my 8th grade class had the hike cancelled. After permit worries for a couple years I was lucky enough to secure two permits for this September, made my way up with a buddy and then my fiancé on a later trip. Disappointedly we didn't have our permit checked either time, the ranger wasn't there on this Labor Day at least through noon, and on the later trip we only ran into him below subdome still making his way up around 11:45. To be honest, was a little miffed to see this hard to get permit not even checked. This is not a suggestion to climb without a permit, I am an advocate of following the rules. Just wanted to share my two cents and see if anyone has any thoughts on this.
All said, the view from Clouds Rest blows this out of the water, but the experience was exceptional.
The face next time
Went up on a weekday a few years before the permits came down. Most exhausting, and rewarding, hike I've ever done. Perfect weather. Will never forget the moonscape of the summit, nor looking down from the top of the cables for the first time, and the click, clack, clock of water bottles falling from climbers' packs down the granite below...
First time up. Hot day, went up the normal trail. Great view on top
Snake Dike in November was maybe the most memorable. Up the cables on so many glorious occasions. Never gets old.
First real hike post back surgery. Beautiful hike from start to finish. Looking forward to getting back to the old me.
Got an early start from our campground in the valley. Really enjoyed the cables. Views were smoky. Hot day, drank 3L of water and had to filter on the way down. My shoes were a little too big and my feet were ready to be done!
Perfect conditions. Weather in the 70s, clear skies, raging waterfalls from high snowmelt and relatively few crowds. Half Dome did not disappoint. Went up the John Muir Trail then down the Mist Trail. We got soaked below Vernal Falls. Also saw a bear 25 feet away from the trail below the Sub Dome.
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.
finally took the time to just go do it. Well worth the trip.
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.
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.
With R. Renteria. First at the base, thankfully since many parties followed. Great climb.
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.
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!