I climbed this with a few high school buddies during a road trip to Yosemite in 1976. We started around 9:00 am in just tennis shoes and cut-offs, no shirts, food or water, and got back at sundown.
2 day trip up this amazing wall!
Climbed the cables route with a group of kids that some friends and I were leading on a day hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley. Half Dome was a spontaneous side trip. Snake Dike, climbed with friends John Pfieffer and Russ Stein, is great and I've been back several times to repeat it. In '87 it was still o.k. to spend the night on top, so we climbed with packs on our backs and cooled our beer in the summit snow pack. Unforgetable view of the stars that night!
My first Yosemite multi-pitch climb. A few false starts below the overlap but managed just fine. Waited an hour and a half for one party to clear the second pitch belay anchors while 4 other parties waited below us!!! Also jogged up the Cables about a half dozen times over the years.
10x for Half Dome and 1st time with the cables down. Hadn't planned on doing the dome a 2nd time this year, but was playing tour guide for a friend who had never been to the park.
Beautiful clear fall day and the Aspens were displaying their colors.
Pics are here
Great hike from the Valley. Very warm day - and very crowded. Met a large group of teens gathering thier energy and looking for encourgement before going up. Took Mist Trail variation and enjoyed the spay on the way down.
Time for the annual trip up Half Dome before the cables come down (3rd year in a row now). Despite being a Friday in October there were quite a few people on the summit. Beautiful fall weather. Nice and warm once the sun came up (high 30's before then).
Personally I find I don't like the gloves. Just grip the cable with your hands :-) However on the way down, gloves would be nice to allow your hand to slide down the cable for a faster descent.
Loved it! The cables were cool. Only complaint: too many people.
Very nice day in the mountains. Climbed with Rene' Renteria, alternating leads. It is a pretty awesome route on a pretty awesome piece of granite. But it is also an easier route than the rating would lead to believe - there are basically just a couple of moves of 5.7. The rest is easy 5th/4th class. I suspect the rating might be there to keep crowds away, but if that's the goal it's not a big success. 8 parties on there on an October weekday, who would have thought... Fortunately we got to the base of the route first and stayed first till the end.
Here are the pics:
Another semi-epic. Lara and I had a reasonable starting time of 7.49, from the TH parking lot. Adopted a rather leisurely pace, also making sure to check out Nevada Fall on the way (spectacular! Was able to actually go up to the wall & touch the water coming down, something that would be impossible during the spring).
Finally reaching the base of the cables, despite menacing-looking clouds overhead, we went for it anyway (it's the Sierra Nevada, not the Rockies!), feeling great about our decision when the clouds moved over towards Mt. Clark. Got up to the summit ~15.30. Hung out up top for awhile, enjoying the summit after a lot of work. Took off @ 16.44.
On the way down, encountered a clueless tourist from Israel (went up in sandals, didn't appear to have any extra clothes, had run out of water, & didn't have a light source), and a (little bit less) clueless couple, who also didn't have any light (they'd left at 10.00 in Oct for a 17-mile hike!)- as we encountered them first, we let them borrow our extra 1-LED mini light. They got down all right. Don't know about the other guy- probably made his first unplanned bivy. Saw a full-grown rattlesnake on the way down, too! Got back to the car at 21.09, taking 3:20 to get back to Oakland. Long hike, great company, beautiful day, & amazing surroundings!
Snake Dike, 11 June, 2005:
Climbed w/ Gordon. Started @ 7.40. Great weather, & awesome to walk past raging Vernal & Nevada Falls in the spring!
W/ 3-4 parties ahead of us upon arrival at the base, had to wait ~ 1 hr to even start. Then once on the route, the pace of the group 2 or 3 parties ahead slowed to a snail's, & we ended up waiting another hour or 2 at a hanging belay- not fun!!!
Aside from that, though, the climb was amazing!!! Run out, exposed, & stimulating!! Perfect rock & amazing views (also don't have to worry about fiddling w/ gear!). I would definitely advise those desiring to lead this climb to be comfortable soloing 5.3-5.4 before attempting this route. G-man & I soloed the last (5.2) pitch, 'finishing' the route @ 18.35(!!).
Got our stuff together & started hiking up the endless slabs @ 18.50. Summited @ 19.25. Hung out, took some photos, were the last to leave, @ 19.51. W/ our weak headlamps it took seemingly forever to get back to the car (esp. after not being able to find the parking lot) shortly before 2.00. Long day but amazing climb!
25 May, 2013
Walked up with John-O, Steve, and Marek from the trailhead, starting at 18.26. Arrived at the base?? I started up first; first pitch-and-a-half went fine; got stymied when I couldn't find the bolt shortly above the roof. Waited for Steve to go past with rope to show where was (didn't want to have to do any sketchy downclimbing if I didn't have to). A short pause at the crux, although it was fine once I pulled it. Rest of route sublime, esp. when I turned the headlamp off. Topped out at 2.36. Shivered until the amazing sunrise. Great experience!
My friend and I left the Bay Area at 4:15 AM and arrived at the trailhead parking lot at 7:15. Not too many people on the way up but the cables were beginning to become jammed when we got there. Reached the summit at 11:30 AM and ate lunch. By the time we descended the cables they were quite crowded and soon went into gridlock as usual. Made it back at 3:00.
From Tenaya Lake, over Clouds Rest, and back, with Sven Rady. Very crowded, but very nice.
Bring leather work gloves. The cotton gloves are no good and that's why people leave them there. Also, wear shoes with good traction!
An incredible hike. Over the past ten years I have done this hike many times and have the following bits of advice for those new to it. Start early and go slow, but steady, on the way up. You want to be coming down before the most intense heat of the day. Second, the best photo opportunity on the top is to have someone stand on the more eastern part of the summit ledge and photograph the subjects on the overhanging portion of the ledge a little ways to the west. This way you get the entire Yosemite Valley below and beyond as a backdrop. And probably most important, wear something you can swim in. On the way down stop by the Merced River in the Little Yosemite Valley. Nothing recharges the batteries better and makes the last few miles down more pleasurable
Beautiful hike, leaving Happy Isles at 6 and saw few others until we joined the JMT. Cables not too crowded going up, summit at 10:45. Hordes of people on the return. Carried too much water/weather/first aid stuff, can't wait to get back in the fall to see more of the park.
Climb it with my 10 yers old son, Lenard.
Awesome route! I was with my friends Ben Ver Steeg, Ryan McCourt, and Amy Noss. We intended to make a 3-day backpacking affair out of the whole thing, hiking out on Saturday, doing the route on Sunday, then hiking out on Monday. Everything was going wonderfully. On Saturday we hiked up and camped by Lost Lake with plenty of time to spare. We were camping by Lost Lake because we were kind of guerilla backpacking -- we decided on the trip last-minute and didn't have wilderness permits.
We also didn't have bear canisters, which didn't bother us until the bears visited us at dinner. We yelled and threw stones and "scared" them off.....a few hundred feet. Both were tagged and clearly unafraid of humans. So we counterbalanced our 4 stuff sacks full of food, as high as we couch reach by standing on each other's shoulders. Then we went peacefully to sleep.
We awoke a few hours later to the sound of tree branches breaking and slurping. I stayed in my warm sleeping bag, thinking, "Maybe they havne't gotten our food yet...." when I heard the characteristic sound of nylon ripping. Ben and I got out of our tents and tried "scaring" them off again, but the bears weren't about to leave their booty. I saw two more dark blobs still hanging from the tree and hoped they only got half of our food. My headlamp was an LED one and didn't penetrate all the way to the tree. But two little beady eyes reflected from about the level of the branch with our food. I watched as the bear shook the branch until the counter-balanced stuff sacks slipped. It then shimmied down the tree, reached up, and swiped the rest of our food. Suddenly $75 bear canisters seemed cheap.
The next day, not ones to be deterred by having no food, we cleaned up the remaining mess, had a gut-wrenching breakfast of stewed dried mushrooms and tomatoes, and climbed Snake Dike. Two lovely people from San Diego left us some salami and tortillas on the top. We went down the cables (by far the scariest part of the whole day!), and death-marched back down to the Valley. Unfortunately, we got there around 11:30 PM and everything was closed. So we raided some vending machines and had Chex Mix and Oreos for dinner before crashing at the backpacker's camp.
The next day, we treated ourselves to the all-you-can-eat breakfast at Curry Village, showers at Housekeeping, pizza and beer at Curry Village, and the El Cap Lieback.
I had a great trip. Some friends and I hiked to Little Yosemite Valley and camped there for the night. The next morning we went up to Half Dome and back down to our camp. The third day we packed out.
We went up the cables with the crowds. It took about an hour just going up and another hour down because there were so many people. The weather was great though and we could fully take in the spectacular views.
We gave ourselves the three days so we wouldn't have to worry about speed and so we could take our time on the summit. Next time I want to do the Dome in a day!
An excellent 'hike'. It was well worth all the sweating. I dont think the walk was that bad though, the heat was the worst thing. Get up there early and get down quick before thunderstorms arrive in the afternoon!
September 15, 1994
Partner: Steve Reynolds
Met Jochem & Beate Becker (Germany) on this route & became fast friends.
Saw 1 snake on hike in. Avoided the worst of the steep slabs on the approach by keeping to the far right, following many cairns. Beautiful pink quartzite dike...like crawling up the back of a Stegosaurous. Cables descent.
September 22, 1993
Partner: Richard Brown (St. Albans-London- met at Camp 4)
Incredible pink quartzite dike. Upper easiest pitches have only 1 bolt in the middle of the pitch, between belay bolts. Manky old bolts replaced June 1992. 3.5 hour approach via Little Yos Valley. Unrope at dead tree & exfoliating arches; walk 1,000 ft. to top. Cables descent.