Half Dome Climber's Log

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kolbi2112

kolbi2112 - Sep 26, 2006 8:15 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2006

Night climb  Sucess!

To avoid the crowds we climbed at night. Left camp at 3:30am and enjoyed a sunrise breakfast at the top. Only one other group up there besides us, but there were a lot more on the way up when we were coming down.....surprising for late Sept.

Tbacon251

Tbacon251 - Sep 25, 2006 7:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006

Half Dome  Sucess!

After climbing Mount Whitney two days earlier, I was not satisfied and needed more elevation. I took the standard route to the top. Great views!!!

rhyang

rhyang - Sep 25, 2006 4:47 am Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006

Snake Dike  Sucess!

Climbed with Kris. Started from Happy Isles trailhead at 5am, roped up at 9:15, topped out route by 1:15pm. Lots of people up top, where we spent about a half hour snacking, taking pics, etc. Started down the cables route at 2:30, back at the car around 5pm.

Fortunately we were the first party on the route, but there were immediately 10 people behind us. We let a YMS guide & client pass us. Kris led pitches 1,3,5,7 and I led 2,4,6,8 (including the 5.7 friction traverse). The cables descent was seriously crowded. The weather was pretty much perfect, and views fabulous.

Gear: 60m rope, set of nuts, cams from black alien to 0.75 C4, 6 trad draws, one double length sling, 2 cordelettes, a couple of other slings and biners. Felt like plenty of gear.

Probably could have started earlier than we did - got a bit off route on the approach, and spent some time looking for the start.

kaos14

kaos14 - Sep 21, 2006 6:03 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2006

Fun  Sucess!

Discussion with my wife determined that that only way to reduce the crowds to an acceptable level would be to do the hike at night. So the next full moon up we went. Left Happy Isles at 2:40, up to the top by 6:16 plenty of time before sunrise. Only ~30 people on top.

RomaK

RomaK - Sep 18, 2006 7:55 pm

Cables hike  Sucess!

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. Perfect day and the views never stopped to amaze. Crowds were there, but the experience was still very enjoyable.

reachmp

reachmp - Sep 13, 2006 7:38 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2006

Early morning hike....  Sucess!

On Sept 10, I left Happy Isles at 2:45am and reached the top via the standard cables route at 8:45am. (6hrs) Spent an hour at the top and came back down to happy isles by 2:30pm. I took the Mist trail to Vernal falls, but then "lost" it in the dark and ended up going JMT to Nevada falls. On the way back down, I came by the Mist trail all the way, since it's shorter. I was very sore before I started, since I had just climbed Whitney the day before, and only did this hike on a whim the next day since I saw Half Dome rising from the valley when I pulle dover at Olmstead point on the drive back. Beautiful to be on the summit without crowds. There was no one on the cables when I went up, but people were starting to arrive when I was on the way down. Only 4-5 people seemed to have summitted earlier than me that morning.

boisedoc

boisedoc - Sep 11, 2006 5:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 1996

Incredible views  Sucess!

Fun hike up the Cables Route. Spectacular views from the top.

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.

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