Climbed it on Day 1 of a JMT thru-hike that included 11 peaks. Got to the cables around 4PM and no one was there. Only 4 people on the summit when I was there. Not bad.
Third time up, only this time an incoming storm apparently scared the crowds away and me and my brother had the top all to ourselves - great fun! Trip report at http://www.mountainhiker.org/trip_report.aspx?id=105
Went up the Cables as a 12 year old with my dad and two brothers in the summer of 1972.
Went up labor day weekend. The lines going up the dome were like nothing I'd ever seen. Nearly two hours of waiting just to get up the chain, and an hour to get back down. Ended up going down the mist trail after dark using cell phones and cameras as flashlights. Almost fell off the waterfall and died.
My first really long hike. This happened on the spur of the moment. Didn't even think I was going to do the hike, but met somebody along the way, and we kept on talking, and I just made it to the top. Also, my first peak on the SPS list.
This was my 8th hike to the top of Half Dome from Curry Village. The first time was when I was a kid back in September, 1969. The older I get the more I love this hike. It is challenging for sure and it can take up to 8 hours to get to the top. This trip was with a group of AT&T employees and a couple of friends from Placerville. I reached the top quickly in about 3.5 hours, but the slowest in our group took nearly 6 hours. That was fine with me....there are worse places to lounge around than the top of Half Dome!!! Now in 2013, there is a lottery system (since 2009?) for using the cables and climbing the last section. All good things seem to only last so long before they become subject to rules and regulations. So glad I had the chance to do this hike back when and before the lottery!! I have always started this hike at first light in order to be one of the first people up on top and to avoid people and crowds, and it has always worked. After lingering for a few hours on top and heading down, I have experienced the late risers coming up the cables in what seems to be an unending line. No fun....but....what the heck at least these people are making the effort and I applaud them for trying! This hike rates as one of my favorite of all time, and one that everyone should do in their lifetime. A native Californian, I have hiked all over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I love the Rockies and the western U.S. States, the Alps are stunning, but nothing compares to Yosemite in my opinion. It is and always will be one of the natural wonders on earth. Avoid the very busy summer months in particular July and August (weekends are just stupid). Go in May or early June, or mid September into October for hiking. Winter is a whole different experience and with a blanket of snow even more beautiful. The cables usually come down in late October...so the top for hikers really isn't an option after this. Enjoy!!
Cable/throngs route. Was able to check this one off before they instituted the permit (new-opportunity-for-scammers) system, yay!
I first climbed the cables when I was 7 years old! I can't imagine taking my 7 year old daughter up now though. Planning on Snake Dike in the next month or so.
Nice weather headed up. Then at 1pm the rain started. Thunderstorms drenched us the whole way back.
Awesome hike that was easier than expected given its reputation.
Cables route. Perfect weather, unique route. Great views!
great trip!great weather!however the water falls werent flowin to good
Half Dome - Slabs Route
Everybody's gotta do this hike at least once
Tenaya lake-Cloud's Rest-Half Dome
Half Dome was my first real mountain, at age 11. It's probably the coolest hike I've ever been on. Half Dome taught me to love the mountains and I can see why it's so popular.
Left the valley at 10 PM under a full moon, climbed the cables in the dark and watched the sunrise from the summit. One of my most memorable hikes. Descended the same route via the mist trail, reached the car around 10 AM and had a brutal drive back to Southern California that day. Wonderful trip.
First enjoyed this adventure as a kid, back in the early 1970's. Have returned to the top over 10 times. But don't know what to think of it all now. Take a number? Reflecting on the last trip, I wonder about the grossly overweight fellow who'd taken all day to get to the base of the cables, only to turn around. When we came upon him at sunset, he and his buddy were in dire straits. He was slumped over a rock with more than 7 miles to go til the valley, having had a heart attack. Or, or, I wonder about the elegant woman I met on her way to the top in high heels, spiked high heels. She'd made it over half way up the Mist Trail and was kicking herself for not packing her tennis shoes.
Did the main route from the bottom of the valley. Loong way up and down. Shoulda taken more water. Cables were rammo, in fact most of the route was. Nearly lost my lunch on summit when someone dropped their water bottle off the edge and I saw it just tumbling away into the void. Still, good stuff.
I am not sure of the exact date, but it was the summer of 1999. I stayed outside of the park at Tenaya Lodge. I was there for a week and thought this hike would be a challenge. This was my first Sierra Summit, and something new for me. I wore some flimsy running shoes that gave way on the way down; luckily I had a second pair in my pack, realizing the first pair was not real sturdy. Started from Tenaya Resort early, drove an hour, found a parking spot, did the day hike on a warm day (luckily for me, as I only had a short sleeve shirt and shorts). Took 7 quarts water and drank it all. It was special. My first, on somewhat of a lark. Good thing the weather was good and everything worked out fine, because I was not well prepared, and I was happy to find the store in Yosemite open when I returned, so I could get some food and drink. The return drive was not so fun. I slept well that night.