Me and Paglia from Curry village in 5 hours. Nice view. Nice environment.
Beautiful views up here. Too many people though.
The tick marks in my guide book say 19 trips to the top so far. Have done it in the 70s, 80s, 90s, & 00s. In my teens, 20s, 30s, 40s. Gotta do it again now I'm in my 50s. The best was when my (then) 9 year old daughter and I went up the cables. Four trips up Snake Dike from about 1973 through 2000. Will do it again this year. I blew my ACL on the Regular NW Face route in 2000. For some reason, I consider my retreat and subsequent unassisted descent of the Death Slabs one of my finest days in the hills.
Fun day hike, next time I'm going ultra-light and running!
Half Dome was the first day-long hike that I took with my sons Christoph (aged 11 at the time) and Alexander ( aged 9); it was an exhilarating experience for all of us, especially leaning over the top! Somehow that hike must have given the boys a positive impression of hiking and mountaineering in general. Indeed, both of them subsequently asked if they could join me in a quest to climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland ( in 2002, see details in Trip Report on Matterhorn).
great experience both times. great weather
Joined in a Sierra Club trip when I was in high school. Just looking to catch a ride to the mountains for some wilderness time - got Half Dome too. Bonus!
An eleven hour round trip from Little Yosemite Valley. A long day, but I was so happy to do the route, I wasn't tired. Thanks to my climbing partner for doing all the leading.
Climbed Half dome for the first time last Thursday. Went with my 15 year old son Zach and a few friends, Wow. This was the highlight of a 5 day backpack trip from TM to the valley. Met a bunch of Danish gymnasts on top, wait till you see the pictures!
Time for the 4th annual climb of Half Dome. This time, Snake dike instead of the cables with my climbing partner Gail. What a great climb.
Even on a Thursday in early October there were over 10 climbers on the route. We were just lucky enough to be the first ones there :-) Did this as a EASY 3 day trip with two nights spent at Little Yosemite Valley.
About 4 hours spent on the route with another hour (more or less) hiking up the slabs to the summit.
A great way to spend your day!
We started around 7AM via Happy Isles, following the Mist Trail reaching the summit at 1:30 with plenty of stops to take pictures. This was my second time to hike Half Dome and once again I had a blast! The weather was perfect, the only downside were the crowds. The line at the cables was long, we ended up climbing the final part outside the cables, instead of inside. I think we saved an hour, maybe hour and half. otherwise, it was a beautiful hike with stunning views.
Hey! I did it! I hiked on up the extraordinary trail past Vernal and Nevada Falls. I loved the stairs cut right out the granite. Be sure to take your camera for the falls! The trail up from Nevada to the Cables is sweet.. very fine for running down. I ran down it from near the Cables to top of Nevada Falls-about 4.5 miles. The Cables are great! I loved going up and coming down-lots of fun..! Be sure to take you camera! I also ran down from Vernal Bridge to Happy Isles. It's pretty easy to run down most the trail. It's too steep for running from near the cables and between Vernal and Nevada Falls which is about 2 miles total that needs to be hiked down. I love to run-so I ran about 6 miles of it on down. Great area. I love Yosemite.
fun but be sure to go early or else you get to share the cables with out of shape people who decide they need to stop halfway up the cables themselves.
Awesome route - and my first time climbing in the Sierras! Climbed with Kathy and Liam on a perfect August day. Started up the trail at 4:30am, reached the base of the climb at 8:30am, and took about 6 hours on the rock (with 3 people). The friction move on the second pitch was a bit scary but the rest was pure fun. Met up with my family on the descent and enjoyed a swim in the river and a snack before finishing the hike out at dusk. I'd love to do this one again ...
I summited Half Dome three times. Twice from Yosemite Valley and the last time from Clouds Rest on a 2 day backpacking trip. Manuevering around people ascending and descending the cables is not my idea of fun, but that only bothered me for less than a half hour. What a thrill to peer off the sheer face with a two thousand foot drop.
bpgbennett and I started at Tenaya Lake at 7 am and traversed Clouds Rest first. After decending from CR we joined up with the Half Dome trail and reached the summit at 1:30 pm. Had a nice lunch, enjoyed the views (the views from CR are better I think). After flying by people on the cables, we ended up in the Valley 12 hours later and 21 miles from where we started. Very enjoyable hike, nice to get two peaks in one day.
My group decided to make it a night hike on our drive there. Missed the crowds and saw a beautiful sunrise.
Great climb. It was a little windy, but I think that helped keep the tmp down. When we topped out, I was amazed to see how many people were up there.
hopefully next time, it will be up the NW face...