Not a mountain as much of a work of rock art. Look at the profile of this thing: it's really a unique thing in the world.
Anyway, uneventful climb in shorts in typical fall California hot dry blue skies. Cables a cakewalk although tedious waiting on people with a fear of exposure taking a lot of time with every step. Lots of people on the summit and a quite festive mood up there.
Cached the gear on the saddle and continued midway up Cloud's Rest to camp under a beautiful old tree with an amazing sunset panarama of the mountain just climbed.
5th year consectively with my wife Bonnie and friend Vernon
This was a very cool hike. From the two waterfalls to the cables near the top, it was great. We camped at Little Yosemite campground in order to hike to Clouds Rest the next day.
Started around 11:00am and reached the summit at 4:00pm. Stayed up at the top for almost an hour. Started back down at 5:00pm and made it the Happy Isles by 8:30pm. First time doing a summit in Yosemite. What I remember from my experience is all the people. The one thing that bothered me was a family that brought a 4 month old baby in a carrier. Some people just have no sense. But over all the views of the Valley were an awesome experience.
Beautiful day, pretty windy on the cables and on top. Nice way to mark summer soltice.
The most beautiful day hike I've ever done!
Climbed with Dirk (Diggler), who lead 7 pitches, then soloed the last pitch before the last 1000 vertical feet of lower angle slope. Great sustained climbing on very exposed terrain, very long approach and descent, plus waiting 2 hours for the 4-5 parties on the route before us. Gorgeous views from the summit, especially with heavy snow cover on Clark and Cathedral Ranges, and 5 big water falls spilling over sheer cliffs.
The switchbacks to the upper saddle were covered in snow. There was a clearly defined trail where others had passed. The cables were lying against the rock. I just picked up the cable, with both hands and used the cable to assist walking up the side of half dome.
Started at 6:45 AM to beat the crowds.
Speed climb: <6 hrs round trip.
Check out me on the diving board!
Eight person group summited early afternoon. My acrophobia kicked in and I prevented wife from going out on dashboard. Sorry honey! Ran out of water on the way back - risked Merced River water with no ill effects.
Beautiful spring weather. We left Curry Village at 6:15 a.m. Made it to the summit about 11:15. There were only a few hikers out this early in the year but we had no trouble getting through the snow. The cables were "down", but no this was no problem for us. Back at Curry Village by 5:00.
It was a hot and long day. My third trip to Yosemite but at this day i have enough time for this hike.
Did a round-trip day-hike from Happy Isles to the summit of Half Dome. We got back to Happy Isles around 11pm!
A member of our party got altitude sickness, and we had to descend carefully to acclimatize him.
Hiked to Half Dome during a trip to Yosemite in October. It was a great hike and not crowded when I was there.
Ok, so I only hiked the crummy cables route. Want to go back with me and do Snake Dyke?
Scary thunder storm (lightning) near the summit when I was up there and I high tailed it down without making much use of the cables.
Hiked to the top with a church youth group. Round trip from valley floor, noon to approx. 8:00 p.m. First "cable" experience. One of our new-hiker youth bellied up to the edge of Half Dome's face to peer over at a rock climber nearing the summit. He shouted down the nagging question that had kept him awake at nights: "How do you go to the bathroom?" The response shouted back: "Just like you do!"
Climbed it with a Scottish buddy the day after September 11. The sky was so peaceful it was eerie. Otherwise, Snake Dike is one of the most aesthetic routes I have ever done. Simply gorgeous.
Cables June 1978
Snake Dike w Pat Brennan and Jerry July 1978
Regular NW Face w Pat Brennan July 1980
Snake Dike w Stan Horn 1982
Cables with my daughter 1992
Salathe' route w Eric Coomer June 1995
Regular NW Face July 1995 w Inez Drixelius
Snake Dike w Nurse Ratchet and my daughter July 2000
Regular NW Face June 2001 w Nurse Ratchet, replacing bad bolts at p6, p11, and p17