My dear friend Miguel Carmona and I climbed this wonderful route in 7.5 hours RT from the Lower Pines Campground in 1984. We were young and strong and basically soloed most of the route. Miguel led the 5.7 pitch, then we packed up the rope and scrambled to the top.
Great route on beautiful, solid rock. On the way down, via the cables, we avoided the people coming up by hiking down outside the cables. This caused much terror for many gripping the cables for dear life...
Day of month uncertain. After I turned 60 I Climbed this amazingly enjoyable route with Steve Beck after training to climb it with my brother-in-law, Greg Harland. Greg was new to climbing and wanted to climb the route. After spending a couple of days practice climbing at Big Rock, near Riverside, Greg decided he wasn't ready for the climb. I made a movie of our climb, which you can see on my Youtube page.
I went back and climbed it again in November 2008 with Mike Syvanen to train for making a first ascent of Mt. Ottumanu on Bora Bora. I was 63.
Left at 4.20 am, first on the route. Finished route by 12.00. Lazed around and descended slowly down the cable, great experience.
Different from any climb I've ever done.
Led pitches 1 and 3 with Katie O. Rapped off and hiked back due to the late hour.
Started the day with blue skies and then at pitch 3 the weather went south real quick. It drizzled off and on making things really slick and turned what should of been easy ground into something you had to pay more attention too. We ended up simulclimbing the last pitches and upper slabs chasing the weather and darkness. Topped out at 7:45pm just as the weather eased up. The cables were surprising dry but we clipped in for extra security. It made for a long day probably 16+ hours climbing/hiking.
With Bob and Adam as an easy outing from the Village. My first exposure to simul-climbing adding a bit of excitement. The descent via the climbers route below the main wall as as exciting as the climb up.
Had the climb and the summit all to ourselves, on a Sunday! I enjoyed the solitude, but it freaked my wife out.
Finally got to climb Snake Dike for my birthday! What a tremendous unforgettable day! Even with weirdos plugging up the cables on the way down AND the f'ing trail by the falls....we managed to pull in under 13 hours. What a trip!
We started at Happy Isle at 3am to be the first ones on the route. To our surprise we didn't see anybody on the route the whole day. Maybe it's only busy on Saturdays.
The 5.7 friction traverse was a lot easier than I expected.
As many have said, a very long hike and crowded. You can bivy, then leave packs, at the turnoff to be first on route, which we did. On route it was cruiser, under 2 hours. My partner climbed barefoot. Very little- and extremely easy- climbing for such a big day, but nonetheless it's the way to go on half dome for those with moral opposition to fixing lines on routes and other tactics. Indeed a fall-though unlikely- would be terrible as there's almost no pro except anchors. Did not and will not touch the cables on the way down. Hoardes of hikers destroy an otherwise awesome peak.
With Shane. I led P 1, 2, 4, 6, 8. We did it as a dayhike. First time climbing in the valley for both of us. My first 5.7 lead.
12 hours car to car with Kris J. Crowded route -- we got there first, but almost instantly 10 people showed up behind us. Still, an enjoyable outing with fantastic views.
Could not believe the insanity of the cables descent ! (pre-permits)
Talk about some serious run out eh? After some fine jiggerypokery on the way to the monolithe, Paul-Wall and I cruised this bad boy pretty fast until the "3rd class slabs forever" exacted their toll on our exhausted feet. Great time with the brits we were trailing. Ran down the descent trail after helping some mouth breather down the cables (focus on grabbing the rails for peet's sake!!). R.I.P. Paul's SPOT, as it now rests somewhere at the base of Half Dome, waiting for a new owner.
great long day with a hangover from Camp 4 antics.
Highly recommend climbing this when cables are still down... we got on route first and had the summit of Half Dome to ourselves. The climb itself is great, the approach and descent thru some of the most spectacular surroundings on earth make for an incomparable day.
I've made maybe a half dozen trips up this route over the last 23 years, but the first was very memorable. It used to be o.k. to camp on the summit. We climbed with packs with sleep gear and cooled our beers in a summit snow pack. The stars that moonless night were stunning!
I climbed this in 2006. Very beautiful route. Next day I got totally thrashed on NEB of HCR.
3 hour approach,
2 hour wait,
4 hours from the top of the route back to camp,
For about 2 hours of climbing, but well worth the effort! Loved the climb.
The descent on the cables is probably the scariest part of the climb.
Lead 1, 3, and 5, simu climbed 7 and 8. Was able to walk up part of 7 and most of 8.
Climbed with Forjan, bighornmonkey, and Shirley
We started late from the trailhead (10:30am) thinking that all parties would be on route by the time we get to the base. WRONG! When we got to the base, there were 4 parties ahead of us waiting. Some had been waiting for 4 hours.
Anyways, fun climb! We got to the summit of half dome at around 6pm.