First real hike and loved it! Now onto bigger more challenging hikes.
I wanted to do the Regular route in a single push. Everything started in the Esat Buttress of El Capitan. We were planning for a 12 hour climb and we did it in 6h: we were shocked! Then we thought of doing Free Blast and happened in 6:30h. We said South face Washington's Column on a day and we will be ready for Half Dome.
The Regular took us 12h. This paved the way for The Nose in a single push.
Beat the crowds and chanced the snow. Both the hike in (and out) and the climb were great! Especially nice since there were only a handful of other people around!
One of the must-do California day hikes.
Got up before dawn to start hiking. Damien and I were the first team off the deck around (I think) 10 am. Once on the dike itself I missed the turn that Supertopo tells you not to miss and followed the obvious but wrong line until I got to a loose, skinny bolt and realized my mistake. Back on route, I found the climbing a little tedious, more like a steep hike actualy, but the view was awesome. At the last belay, I found a nice BD cam that looked like fixed gear but slid right out. Sweet. There were at least half a dozen ropes behind us on the route and half of them must have topped out after dark. We were back in the valley by 9 pm. A fun day.
Been up the cables a couple of times, plan to do Snake Dike soon. A friend of ours introduced us to Half Dome in October 2003 when we had just moved to California. He said it would be something like his 10th time hiking to the top. I couldn't ever imagine doing something like that 10 times when there's so much else to do. But now I know why. Half Dome, despite the crowds, is awesome.
Did this in the early 80's, then again with a YMCA group of kids (of which my son and nephew were a part) a few years ago. Just a spectacular now as then.
Great day to nap beneath the boulders on top.
It was a little bit hard in the final section of the summit but the feeling on the top was really cool!
Crazy how many people climb this mountain. The cables can be very dangerous yet all types and abilities do it. The MOST people I have ever seen hiking a mountain with me that day: hundreds! Miserable 100 degree F day, long, blah trail. Very much appreciated water at the 2 falls. Fun but careful climbing up the 45 degree slab slope for 400 feet. Good views from top. Lots of people sun tanning.
Climbed it with two friends started hiking around 10:30 PM made the summit by sunrise. TO COOL.
Had the summit just to us. sat on the edige and watched the sun fill the valley
Cool route, almost as crowded as the cables.
Done this several times- cables, trail run, climb. The most memorable was coming over from Cloud's Rest (backpack) or the runout on Snake
Absolutely amazing views from the top! The cables were the easiest part of the whole climb the hard part was getting to them. It was a very, very long day of hiking we started at 5:00am in Curry Village. Making the whole hike approximately 19.5 miles. Great hike though, I would go back and do it in a heartbeat!
Did the cables hike with my wife in 97. The best hike I have done in the world.
In 99 I lead my climbing partner and his brother up Snake Dike. Felt like I was flying runout 100 feet in a strong wind.
Quick out and back ascent on a beautiful day.
Great day to climb the cables!!!
Went back for second annual trip. Same as last time - perfect conditions. Only difference was I woke up a little late and then had to come down that last mile or so in the dark (had a headlamp w/me of course).
This was my first "adventurous" hike and I loved it! We had amazing weather, not a thunder bumper on the horizon.
Pretty uneventful. Camped in little Yosemite Valley so approach wasn't bad, first pitch was crux, the rest a cruise and 4th class marathon on top. While descending the cables we learned of the events of 9/11 and were in utter disbelief. We hoofed it to camp and got to Yosemite Valley proper, 6 miles, full packs and racks, in 45 minutes!