Half Dome Climber's Log

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ozarkmac - Dec 19, 2008 11:33 am Date Climbed: Sep 28, 1992

cables down - unforgettable outing  Sucess!

My wife and I hiked up from the valley. When we got to the shoulder, we saw the cables were laying down for the winter season and the climb looked daunting. We about turned around when a lady at least 60 years old scurried down the cables and told us it was not as hard as it looked. With that, we each straddled a cable and pulled ourselves up. Even with the cables down, there were dozens of people on top. We spent a long time atop the iconic monolith soaking in the setting. We stumbled down the trail exhausted, in the dark, without lamps and very happy.


davidjhoopes - Nov 27, 2008 9:48 pm

Unbeatable Day Hike

Went up on a weekday w/ my wife and Ben (6m old son) and our friends Megan (8m pregnant) and Jon. Should have seen the looks we got on the cables lugging up Ben. Crowds not too bad.


Noondueler - Nov 4, 2008 11:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 1994

Regular trail  Sucess!

Busy saturday on the cables. Some bonehead was driving golf balls off the dome into Tenaya Canyon.


eruselow - Oct 10, 2008 6:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2008

no sweat  Sucess!

Beautiful day to climb Half Dome. The climb up took 3.5 hours starting at Curry Village. Those cables at the end are no joke.


Ratballs - Aug 28, 2008 11:15 pm

From Tuolomne Meadows

Came up the easy side of Half Dome (well, harder than taking a chopper to the top, I s'pose), back in the summer of '92. Part of a farewell-to-the-US three-day hike from Tuolomne Meadows I did with my ex.


jboldt1971 - Aug 24, 2008 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007

Cables  Sucess!

A long, crowded hike, but well worth it. It was funny to see what some people were wearing for a 16 mile hike. Some people definitely were not prepared. Bring a water filter! The cables were incredibly crowded so give yourself some extra time if you're doing this on the weekend.

Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Aug 17, 2008 3:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008

Half Dome from the Valley  Sucess!

My 11 year old son wanted to do this and we had a great heavy duty hike up the cables. Going back in the heat was hard on the knees for me. While I was ordering the promised victory pizza, my son fainted but was revived enough to enjoy it.


thegoldengriff - Aug 14, 2008 12:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

Snake Dike  Sucess!

Summited via Snakedike and then down the cables. A long 16+ mile day but well worth it.


igneouscarl - Aug 6, 2008 1:22 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

good hike  Sucess!

a good hike, shame about the concrete at base of the falls. Saw a bear and 3 cubs on descent- fantastic moment.


dpsiebert - Aug 4, 2008 3:30 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

Snake Dike  Sucess!

Fun, but long day and runout though.


AdamJ - Jul 31, 2008 6:21 pm Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2005

Half Dome  Sucess!

first real hike with my Dad. Left in the dark, went up the regular route and up the cables. I'm hooked!


heyitsme - Jul 22, 2008 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008


got up it in 4hrs 25 min, now id like to try and get it under 4hrs. knocked off 30 or so min from my last one.


SFMountaineer - Jul 21, 2008 12:57 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

Long, Hot, Great  Sucess!

Started at 4:30 am, took most of the day due to slower climbers in my group. Mist up, JMT down. Out of water for a couple miles until Nevada falls, those faucets there are realy great (and popular!). Can't wait to come back, Cloud's Rest next time...


GlennG - Jul 19, 2008 3:01 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2002

With the family  Sucess!

I have climbed the peak multiple times before. But this trip was with friends. Much fun, despite the lack of sleep.

Bruce Christensen

Bruce Christensen - Jul 13, 2008 1:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Midnight hike  Sucess!

John Muir trail up, Mist trail down.

Left the parking lot at midnight, arrived on top around 5:30 a.m. We took a nice long break (45 minutes?) because we didn't want to arrive on top too soon and freeze ourselves before sunrise.

Sunrise was amazing. Highly recommended.

Took about as long to get down as it did to get up.

Suggestion for night hike: take JMT up (it's not as steep), Mist trail down (the waterfalls are absolutely amazing).


BradBartick - Jul 12, 2008 10:21 pm

Always fun  Sucess!

Cables twice, via Snake Dike once. No way to not have fun on this behemoth.

Ryan Burd

Ryan Burd - Jul 3, 2008 5:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2008

Cable Route  Sucess!

Hiked from Glacier Point, camped in Little Yosemite Valley. Ascended HD the next day and descended to Curry Village. Toughest hike yet. Trip Report

mlarkin2002 - Jun 23, 2008 3:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

Tourist Route  Sucess!

Cables route as a dayhike, made a loop - up on JMT, down on mist trail. Someone wigged out on the cables during the descent, making for a big traffic jam.


gomez13 - Jun 14, 2008 12:02 am Date Climbed: May 10, 2005

Long Long Day  Sucess!

Cimbed the cables route.Left S.F. at 2am and returned at 11pm. Has to be the longest and dumbest day of my climbing life


fatdad - Jun 10, 2008 8:31 pm

Free three sides  Sucess!

NW Face, 1980.
First (climbing) trip to the Valley,I was sixteen, and climbed it with another 17 and 18 year old. My first wall. We had two of these new fangled things they called "Friends." All the rest was stoppers, hexes and youthful enthusiasm.

Snake Dike, the early '90s
Soloed it after a buddy and I go stormed off Mescalito and were on pout patrol. Next time I'll look at a top before leaving the rope at home.

My worst ascent was hiking up the cable to meet some friends on the NW Face and help them carry their gear down. I carried just a pack with two ropes and some gear but no sleeping bag, etc. Spent a long cold night on the summit only to find they bailed and day and a half earlier.

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