Half Dome Climber's Log

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xpda

xpda - Aug 11, 2011 11:54 am Date Climbed: Jun 5, 1994

Cable  Sucess!

It's easy with the cable. Packed in from Tuolumne Meadows.

zoomloco

zoomloco - Jul 16, 2011 4:16 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2010

avoid cables  Sucess!

a technical route is the way to go on this baby. I have quite an axe to grind about the attitude embodied on the cables route.
http://zoomloco.xanga.com/734578780/climb-every-mountain--but-at-what-cost/

Osterizer

Osterizer - Jul 15, 2011 8:54 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2005

Osterized  Sucess!

Made the summit around 11am via the Easy Way (cables)

tednv - Jul 8, 2011 11:08 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2011

cables  Sucess!

loved it

moohead

moohead - Jun 26, 2011 5:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011

Perfect day for a grueling, but incredible, hike!  Sucess!

Hiked the second full day that cables have been up for the 2011 season. Left the Bay Area at 1:30AM, on the trail by 6:00AM. Mist Trail felt more like Hurricane Trail - the Merced River is raging this year! Reached the cables around 11:00AM and there weren't too many people at that time, but on the way down at 12:00PM there were a lot more people going up the cables and arriving at the top of the sub dome. The view from the top of Half Dome is unreal. Took the JMT on the way down because Mist Trail was way too wet/flooded. Arrived back at Happy Isles around 5:00PM.

Smithman123

Smithman123 - Jun 19, 2011 12:17 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011

Cable-free  Sucess!

We drove up from the Bay Area, arriving in the park at midnight. We climbed the cables route, reaching the summit by 5a. There was almost no snow on the entire route (a path was cleared through what remained), but the cables were not yet "up". Awesome sunrise on top of Half Dome!

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!

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