Cables were down, so we brought up harnesses and some rope just in case. Prusik knot held just fine, and we had the summit to ourselves while the sub-dome was packed with people!
My second summit in CA, probably the one that got me hooked.
Made it up early morning on the last day of a 7 day backpacking trip from Mammoth Lakes. View was very smoky due to fires to the south.
At 16 years old (1972), got caught on top in lightening storm with friends and some other hikers. Four (4) of the other hikers got struck, with one dying. I had a "come to Jesus" meeting right after the event.
Sweet hike and the Mist Trail is fantastic. Go up late and you'll be the only one there at the end. The birds screaming past at that height is crazy!
How did all these friggin chipmunks get up here?!
Love the cables! hope to head back for Snakedike next year (2010)
Left San Francisco around 9PM and drove all the way to the Yosemite park. Started hiking at 2:00am and went up Mist Trail. We saw some people coming back from God-knows-where. Thereafter the trail was empty until 7:00am. Hit the cables at 9:00am. Going up was fun but going down was an amazing blast despite the dozens of people jostling for space on that section of the trail. In total a 11-hour hike, with seemingly a million people on the trail in the afternoon!
Left from Happy Isles parking at 0600 hrs with all The Usual Suspects. Took The Mist Trail up going up/past Vernal Falls and up to the top of Nevada Falls. The views are well worth the stairmaster work up this stretch. Shortley after this in Little Yosemite Valley is a prime spot to get more water from the Merced River. Kept churning up and reached the Stairs/North Face at 1100 hrs. Started the cables at 1130 but with quite a crowd. We were delayed for a while as there was a girl that was freaking out 3/4 up the cables to the summit. As she came past me going down I spread my arms across to catch her in the event of a fall as she did not look good (where the f*ck was her team), as her eyes looked possesed with fear.
That said we made the summit at 1200 hrs. Views were awesome of El Cap, Clouds Rest/ the valley looking down 4800 ft and taking pics at The Prow with..wow....a lot of air standing next to the edge with Yosemite Valley 4800 ft below (these Brits were sitting back from the edge of The Prow (which is the edge of the universe of the Half Dome Summit), messing with me during this moment). Actually, the only summit I felt relatively safe as the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky.
Of course the descent was painful (half our team took the Mist down, and we took the John Muir Trail down.. a little easier on the knees) but made it back to Happy Isles car/cold beers at 1735 hrs.
Yosemite is a magic place and should be visited by all. Just to be there, it is easy to understand John Muir's amazement at seeing this valley for the first time. Once again, Yosemite is a must see/explore/hike for all.
It is on everyone's list for good reason. An American experience.
While on my honeymoon to Yosemite, I climbed this with my new wife. She had climbed a number of years previously. Started around 6:30am and were on top around 11:00. Were finished around 3:30. It was pretty tiring, after the stress of the wedding. Yet, it was fun, especially with climbing up the cables. We used the Mist Trail both up and down, which made for a lousy descent, since the trail was very steep and crowded with waterfall viewers.
Ascended via the Cables, with a 4:15am start. This is the way to go, to avoid all the crowds in the afternoon! On top just before 9am and back in the Valley at 1pm. Had a very nice afternoon lounging around over a pizza at Curry Village afterwards....
Overall, not that difficult of a hike; the Cables are pretty decent if you've had some scrambling/rock climbing experience.
Off Muir Trail. Rare timing: very few people joined us at the top due to the fire, which forced many to change their plans for Labor Day.
Finally made it. We took the Mist trail up and down, I wont do it again without poles. Im crazy sore but it was so worth it!!!!
Wee bit crowded. Next time Snake Dike.
The Big Meadow was in full effect. My guess a good 1/2 mile vis on top from smoke.
I always enjoy the classic hike.
Interesting start to the Muir Trail. So many people I couldn't believe it. Can't imagine what a weekend would be like. Besides the crying, lecturing, and just plain chaos. I loved it!
I love this trail. It's so cool to be so close to those huge waterfalls and I love the steepness of that part of the trail. Cables are always fun too as long as there aren't too many people.
Climbed the cables route 3 times I think, all between 15-20 years ago. A true classic. Would love to go back for the Snake Dike.