Half Dome Climber's Log

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Brandon Fuller

Brandon Fuller - Aug 1, 2006 7:20 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2000

Cables  Sucess!

First major hike for me. What an experience it was.


RMdaytripsgrl - Jul 26, 2006 8:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1999

First taste of climbing  Sucess!

Everyone must see this place before they die! Not exactly sure on the exact day of the climb, did this on the way out to the backcountry for 6 days. (But I know the day we got back to San Fran, we watched my Buffalo Sabres lose the stanley cup via "No GOAL"...HEARTBREAK AGAIN...) Took the Mist Trail/Cables route. Cables can cause severe pants crapping on first time...SWEET! First big climb,how can you not get hooked? Will forever be my favorite mtn in the world! Did it also again the following year via John Muir trail...much more fun to descend the Mist Trail vs. climb it with all your backcountry gear...:)


joe_akeem - Jul 20, 2006 9:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2003

Route Climbed: Standard  Sucess!

Nice but too crowded for my liking...


395guy - Jul 18, 2006 6:29 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006

I hate the cables  Sucess!

This was my second time up Half Dome (also in 2002). I forgot how much I hate the cables until I got there. I was about 10 minutes ahead of the 4 others from my group and I could have bolted up the cables at that time since there was a large gap up to the next group going up the cables. I waited though to make sure the others from my group were up for the challenge (especially the teenagers who had not done this climb). But now we ended up behind a slow couple and too many people were descending to pass them. My calves were cramping as we waited and waited from this couple to make slow progress up the cables. But they made it and so did we.

I had brought a kite with me to the top of Half Dome. Everyone on the trail that saw it sticking out of my pack thought it was a cool idea. I had tried to fly it 2 years ago on top of North Dome but there was no wind. I figured, surely there would be enough wind on Half Dome. I told my 3 kids to watch for it about noon. Unfortunately, the sporadic and chaotic winds on Half Dome thwarted all my attempts to get it in the air. Oh well. It was still a fun hike.

The quote of the day came from one of the teenagers in our group: "All this work for only half a peak. Next time I'm going to hike a whole peak."

IdaClimber - Jul 10, 2006 9:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2005

Crowded  Sucess!

Gotta do it if you are in YNP!!!


Koonsy - Jul 9, 2006 3:46 pm

Route Climbed: Standard  Sucess!

What a fun hike. Can't wait to head back out that way and do it again


thebeave7 - Jul 5, 2006 5:27 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Dayhike with Cloudsrest

A wonderful dayhike up from the valley. Started presunrise, and timed my summit perfectly so I was alone for 15min on the Sunday before 4th of July. Great views, nice bit of exposure too.


Smithman123 - Jul 1, 2006 10:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2006

The Cables via Mist Trail  Sucess!

We left the Bay area about 4am, and set out from the valley floor a little before 9am. Made it to the top by 1pm and returned to the valley floor to check out the other sites. It's a great hike, but bring lots of water as it can be uncomfortably hot after passing Vernal and Nevada Falls on the Mist Trail.

OJ Loenneker

OJ Loenneker - Jun 24, 2006 10:22 am

Long Hike!!! in 199?  Sucess!

Hiked up this rock back when I was in high school with my Dad. We took the JMT to Little Yosemite Valley, and then up to the top of Quarter Dome.. We had to sort of scramble, and hold on to the cables, because the poles where not in place . The cables where just laying against the rock. We made it up and back down. I was amazed at the amount of lightning striked of this rock...
Returned to the trailhead via the mist trail/staircase... Whoooff.. that was a long day, and I sure was tired...


taw6644 - Jun 17, 2006 9:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006

Half Dome Mid June  Sucess!

I really like this hike. The scenary was great and the waterfalls are something else. I thought it looked a little daunting coming from the east. We picked a good day for it too. Sunny cool day. Not very many people on the trail. About 25 people max on the summit. You know, the cables were not as bad as I thought they would be.


sierramtngoat - Jun 16, 2006 11:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2001

Mist Trail/JMT/Cables  Sucess!

Dayhiked it with a full pack with my brother while training for Mount Rainier. This was my third time to the top, though this was my first dayhike from the Valley floor. Always a good one, and so close to the Bay Area. The other 2X were in Sept-89 with my Dad and again in Aug-99 with Maria.


Ashburt - Jun 9, 2006 2:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2005

Half Dome Hike  Sucess!

This has been my 3rd time atop Half Dome, and everytime is the same...absolutely amazing!


jleduc - Jun 8, 2006 9:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2001

Snake Dike  Sucess!

Up and down from the Valley in one day. Next time I'll camp at Little Yosemite.

CNC Dave

CNC Dave - Jun 7, 2006 2:38 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Happy Isles to Mist Trail

Great hike with lots of water, wildlife, vistas, heat, mist more like torrential rain. Do this dude in May or early June for big
waterfall volume. Took us about 10 hours. Take your time and enjoy
all of the above. Lots of novice hikers on the dome, try to be


downbooties - Jun 3, 2006 4:33 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2005

Snake Dike  Sucess!

I had hiked up the cable route in October 2003, but Jon and I wanted to give Snake Hike a try. It was a little crowded at the base of the 5th class climbing with one party on pitch one when we arrived and 2 parties coming up as we were waiting to begin. The party ahead of us started simul-climbing when they hit the dike and the parties below us were slower, so soon we felt like we had the place to ourselves. I lead the first pitch and Jon lead the rest because I'm still not brave enough to lead runout stuff (even at 5.2, silly me). It was a little smokey, but still some stellar views.


ckerth - May 29, 2006 11:30 pm

Standard Route  Sucess!

Fun Climb, a little crowded

Bill Kish

Bill Kish - May 24, 2006 8:01 am

many trips up the cables  Sucess!

Have hiked this great stone many time with great friends. Gotta get on Snake Dike some day soon.


kommish - May 22, 2006 5:14 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2003

Climbed via cables  Sucess!

First real hike and loved it! Now onto bigger more challenging hikes.


ElCapitanKoolAid - May 22, 2006 3:36 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2002

I waited to be fit  Sucess!

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.


b_betts - May 16, 2006 9:35 pm Date Climbed: May 11, 2006

Snake Dike  Sucess!

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!

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