My folks met climbing Half Dome in '63, so this has always been a favorite family spot. My dad and his brother were backpacking and ended up meeting and accompanying my mom to the summit. He claims that he has cooked the only lasagna ever cooked on Half Dome. I have summited the mountain numerous times since I was a child.
A beautiful hike, but harder then I expected for the gain and distance. Probably more fun in the cooler months.
Hiked the Cables Route with my 11 year old son. We made it round-trip in 8 hours. Nice hike. My second time on the summit. Saw a huge rattlesnake on the hike up by the Shoulder. Got a pic of it.
Wonderful hike up the cables, even with the crowds.
...since the cables were still down. No snow or ice on the cable section. Tied-in to cable w/ a prussik a loop & 7mm accessory cord. Progressed reasonably quickly up & down the cable holding the slack loops in one hand. Needed a second prussik to transition where the cable anchors to the rock. Had the top to myself for a brief period.
My first great hike. One of my fondest memories. I was in such spirit that I did the hike on back to back days from Curry Village (Happy Isle). The cables were laying on the beautiful granitic batholith and I just eat it up.
A good way to avoid all the crowds with a rewarding view from the top. Coming down the cables was the scariest part.
Fun day out. Fell unroped on the approach and got a little banged up. Finished the day in under 12 hrs. Climbed "Grack" on Sunday and drove home.
Climbed the Cable Route August 18th 2005 with my brother. Long hike but with some excellent views all along the way and especially at the top. Didn't know until now there were any other non technical ways to the top. Hope to come back someday and do it the hard way....someday.
Climbed with awagher. A fun day. We started from the Curry Village parking lot at 5:40am. Did the climb in 7 pitches (3.5 hrs). Topped out at the summit by 1:50pm. Back at Curry Village by 5:10pm.
Route Climbed: Snake Dike
Date Climbed: June 4, 2005
Climbed with Javier Gonzalez. We took Javier's minimalist rack for this climb (actual gear we used: 60m rope, 3 quickdraws, 1 single runner, 5 locking biners, 2 oval biners and 5 cams (1 red Alien, 1 orange Alien, 1 Metolius #4, 1 green BD .75 and 1 pink BD 1.0). Left Curry Village at 7:45am. Did the actual climb in 2.5 hours starting at 11:15am and finishing the last pitch (8th pitch for us) at 1:45pm. Then, it was another 40 minutes on the class 2 slabs to the summit. Stayed at the summit for almost an hour. Descended via the cables, ran down to past Little Yosemite Valley and took the Misty Trail down (well, it turned out to be the SHOWER trail down.....as I got soaked from Vernal Falls). Back at Curry Village at 5:30pm for pizza & beer.
Route Climbed: Cables
Date Climbed: October 27, 2001
The cables were down against the rock as of 10/27/2001.
There were many many gloves (like work heavy-cloth gloves)
by the small rock saddle just before where you grab the
cable. It was a bit windy at the saddle. I used the right cable as I went up. Stayed almost an hour at the summit.
I never thought about this one. Wow, it's been over 30 years. Time sure does fly.
done this a few times. done in 5 hrs n 15 min, gotta get that under 5 now ...
redone, 4 hrs 25 min ... now to hit 4 hr
Great and easy hike in a beautiful park. First time to the top.
A classic hike everyone should do at least once. Really wish I'd done it on a weekday, as the crowds were overwhelming at times. Bypass the waiting line by going up the outside of the cables.
I was with my boyfriend's school group. It was November of 1988. We camped at Little Yosemite Valley then hiked the cables the next morning. The view from the top was incredible, of course. I remember lying down on my stomach on a sloping rock and looking over the edge of the northwest face. Lots of crowds but still a beautiful area.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.