Half Dome Climber's Log

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Travis_

Travis_ - Sep 9, 2006 11:15 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005

Half Dome 8/6/5  Sucess!

I lead a small group up halfdome. Great hike.

(http://www.outdoorsclub.org/PastTrip/PastTripDetail.asp?id=8732&leadername=Travis+Linds)

SamG

SamG - Sep 2, 2006 3:29 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2002

Fun  Sucess!

Fun hike

jonhersh

jonhersh - Aug 31, 2006 10:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 1991

2 times  Sucess!

Climbed it the first time as part of a backpack trip from Sunrise Lakes trailhead. I still remember being amazed by the exposure standing on the diving board.

Climbed it a 2nd time as a dayhike from the valley with a friend from Nepal. With no training and uncomfortable boots he still kicked my butt.

thediddler - Aug 31, 2006 6:59 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2004

Mist/ JMT  Sucess!

First long hike after 8 years of inactivity. IB issues, but it was a successful day.

Rockman

Rockman - Aug 29, 2006 4:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006

Third Time  Sucess!

Third time was nice but the first I'll never forget.

osatrik

osatrik - Aug 25, 2006 6:52 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1972

Cables - 1972  Sucess!

My sister and I climbed this on a trip with Holly and Leslie. I found the date on the back of the photo! The bears got our food above Nevada Falls (this was before the days of bear boxes), but we were not to be denied that photo on the overhang at the summit. 5000 ft of nothing but air!!! Whahooooooooo

Peak Baguette

Peak Baguette - Aug 19, 2006 4:45 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006

5th time: Valley/Mist/Cables  Sucess!

One of my favorite hikes - I love the beauty and power of the falls on the Mist Trail. My fifth time - and I love it even more every time I summit!

Vertigo soul

Vertigo soul - Aug 14, 2006 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006

The Cables

Me and my girlfriend enjoyed the summit to ourselves (almost, for the exception a nice guy me met on the way). I can't imagine climbing the cables later with all the crowds. We heard the day before there was a 45-minute wait to use the cables, and that there was between 200-300 people on the summit at one time. F@#% that!

mdash

mdash - Aug 13, 2006 9:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2006

Valley / Cables  Sucess!

FUN! This hike is steep! The cables were a blast--much easier coming down than I thought.

Craig Nielsen

Craig Nielsen - Aug 13, 2006 4:08 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2006

Mist / Cables  Sucess!

Climbed in about 3.5 hours to the top. Many people despite an early start. A great climb and wonderous views! Got in a traffic jam on the trail back on the mist trail :( But was still very much worth it

colinr

colinr - Aug 12, 2006 12:22 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2006

Half Dome from Sunrise Lakes via Clouds Rest  Sucess!

Made it up and back down the cables with Bud, Trent, and Stephen after coming down from Sunrise Lakes Trailhead and Clouds Rest. More strenuous than I thought it would be, but more than worth it for the views and experience!

kngalaric

kngalaric - Aug 9, 2006 2:00 am

Been up and down 5 times  Sucess!

Great hike even with the Disneylanders. Better to make it a point to point from Glacier Point down to the valley and have a car waiting.

Last time we went on opening Saturday, it was a zoo. People had to wait in line for the cables, we went up on the outside, and people were annoyed by this.

Who wants to wait in line for an hour to stand behind people who are out of shape and/or afraid of falling? Not me!

Gahugafuga

Gahugafuga - Aug 7, 2006 2:16 pm Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2004

The Cables  Sucess!

Climbed on a weekday after tourist season. We pretty much had the summit to ourselves which meant we got all of the best nap spots. It sounds like this hike is more rewarding when you do it during the non-crowded times.

rasgoat

rasgoat - Aug 6, 2006 10:33 pm

great place!  Sucess!

standard route. when we got to the base of the cables there was a horde of people trying to come down and the ranger was contemplating closing the trail. when the horde subsided me and my friend paul made our way up the cables and were some of the few people on the summit above the scattered clouds. luckily we didnt get hit by lightning either!

rangermatt

rangermatt - Aug 6, 2006 2:51 am Date Climbed: May 29, 2006

Memorial Day '06  Sucess!

Two-day trip, not too bad. Not as nice views as Clouds Rest, and way more crowded too. The cables were a fun adventure, though, and made it worthwhile!

climberfirefighter - Aug 3, 2006 11:22 pm

A Must!  Sucess!

A must hike for all visitors!

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

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

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

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."

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