Half Dome Climber's Log

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mjp20k

mjp20k - Jun 6, 2011 5:47 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 1996

Cables route  Sucess!

A long day, left the valley floor at noon and returned at 9 PM.

harryquach

harryquach - Jun 2, 2011 12:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2004

Crowded Summit  Sucess!

Nice hike, many people along the trail

triyoda

triyoda - May 13, 2011 7:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2010

Cables Down  Sucess!

I can't imagine what a zoo this place is when the cables are up.

cwharringtonlaw - May 12, 2011 1:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

Cable-Town  Sucess!

Camped in position to be the first up the cables in the morning. Pulled myself up using both cables without the usual mob present. Lingered a bit long and bumped into the crowd as I was coming down. As such, descent took much longer.

Denjem

Denjem - May 12, 2011 12:25 pm

Climbed it  Sucess!

Went to do snake dike. Went up the cables instead. Didn't like carring my climbing gear on a day hike. Snake dike, you will be mine.

Niels79

Niels79 - Apr 16, 2011 10:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

Halfdome night hike  Sucess!

Fantastic view

Haddadb

Haddadb - Apr 16, 2011 12:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010

Great but long day hike.  Sucess!

Climbed with Steven Bradley and Jon Berry from Happy Isles.

Monopole

Monopole - Apr 12, 2011 4:17 pm

Hot Day  Sucess!

Got an early start (4am), and made it to the summit before the hordes arrived. Down in the valley, it was over 100F in the early afternoon!

Zarathustra

Zarathustra - Mar 21, 2011 10:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2011

Mist Trail up -> cables -> JMT down  Sucess!

This was truly one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I've ever done. I heartily second all the rave reviews of other climbers. That said, here's what kinda sucked about it. There were a ton of people on the trail, even though it was a Thursday. I guess there's just no such thing as a slow day in Yosemite in August. Sharing the trail is fine, but lines at the cables represented a real bottleneck, and the real problem is the one or two people who freeze in terror on their way up or down.

The other thing is that the top of Half Dome actually presents a slightly disappointing view - in the sense that Yosemite's most defining feature isn't in sight because it's under your feet.

Bring a water filter and watch for the spring behind the log about 3/4 of the way up.

My party included my wife Lynda (aka Zarathustraswife), daughter Alexa (18), son Nathan (16), Sarah, David, Danny and Kellie.

Time on the trail (or lazing about off the trail): 6am - 6pm

Wildlife sightings included a pretty big rattlesnake, and Zack and Cody from the Disney Channel.

Zarathustraswife

Zarathustraswife - Mar 21, 2011 4:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2010

Mist Trail up, JMT down  Sucess!

This was the hardest hike to date that I have done. I hiked this with my husband, step-daughter, step-son, 2 brothers, sister and sister-in-law. We hiked the Mist trail up and the John Muir trail down. I believe we finished this hike in about 16 hours. The stairs at Mist trail and the ascent/descent of Sub-Dome were the most challenging parts of the hike for me. The hardest part about the cables was waiting for people who were too scared to move, holding up the line.

Kristin5berry

Kristin5berry - Feb 10, 2011 4:13 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008

Great firsts  Sucess!

My first time to Yosemite and this climb changed my view for the great:)

mountainmatt

mountainmatt - Feb 7, 2011 7:52 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006

Cables  Sucess!

Camped at Quarter Domes after another season in the High Sierra.

ShinLV

ShinLV - Feb 6, 2011 1:04 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

11 days backpacking trip  Sucess!

I went to Yosemite for 11 days backpacking trip. On the 9th day, I started from top of Clouds Rest then hiked up to Half Dome, then down to Yosemite Valley.
It was 8,500 ft of total elevation Loss with 40lbs backpack.
My trip album

GigaMike

GigaMike - Feb 4, 2011 12:43 am Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010

From Tenaya  Sucess!

Hiked to Half Dome & Clouds Rest from Tenaya Lake. Perfect weather!

Matt Worster

Matt Worster - Feb 3, 2011 1:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2003

regular route  Sucess!

Yay cables!

Drewid

Drewid - Dec 30, 2010 6:55 pm Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2000

Snake Dike  Sucess!

Have hiked it 3 times up the cables but finally bagged Snake Dike the day after Thanksgiving during a relatively warm spell back in like 2000. Sublime. "friction forever" after the climb ends is no lie, it's a classic calf burner. Descending the cables laying against the rock was interesting but easy.

seano

seano - Dec 17, 2010 2:14 pm

Cables  Sucess!

I don't remember when, but I've hiked this a couple times. Need to come back for Snake Dike.

Joeyroo

Joeyroo - Dec 12, 2010 9:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010

"Reverse" Route  Sucess!

I backpacked in from Tuolumne Meadows up to Clouds Rest to Half Dome then to the Valley.

Third time to Half Dome.

MtnDoser

MtnDoser - Dec 10, 2010 2:21 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2010

Half Domage  Sucess!

Amazing!!!!

webenji - Dec 2, 2010 5:29 am Date Climbed: May 17, 2008

Coolest Yosemite Hike  Sucess!

I have done this hike a few times now, always through the cable route as a day hike of 8-10 hours. The toughest was in 100F heat with 1.5 liters of water! It is one of the coolest hikes in Yosemite with the cables making it quite fun. Unfortunately you do not get the 360-view feeling (that you get on Cloud's rest or eagle peak, for example) because the top of the dome is so big.

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