Looking down between your legs at 120' of dangling rope, it may occur to you that you may as well be free soloing... :)
Great climb with Katie.
I third classed this in the mid-90s after I buddy and I got stormed off the Captain and I all that restless energy needed a release. The first pitch and dike were no problem. The friction pitch was totally dicey. I would've bailed if I thought that downclimbing would've been easier than going for it. A beautiful climb. I'd love to go back in saner conditions.
A great frictiony climb on a wonderful summer day. Long day though!
Long approach, but great climb!
One more of that crowd. A nice route with a few friends, in a very nice sunny day.
Just like 96avs01 said below, it was very busy on Snake Dike this day. The warm temps brought every out at the end of October. Our group had 4 paired-up teams: Luis & Vicki, Will & Christine, Cory & Mustafa, and Miguel & Joan. A fun day out with good friends.
Busy day on Snake Dike with the balmy Indian Summer weather. My first multi-pitch in the Ditch. A great route on an amazing piece of granite. Will definitely be back for a repeat in the future.
Climbed with Mark and Steve. Didn't like the runouts or the super long day, but still a rewarding climb.
Snake Dike is one of my favorite climbs of all time. We live a couple hours from J-Tree and go there all the time, but the views on Snake Dike are awesome! Super fun and easy climbing. We left at 4:45am on the trail, reached the base by 9am. Started climbing by 9:30am and summited by 11:30. Hung on the top for an hour then headed back down, and were done by 4:45pm. Nice long 12 hour day!!! Celebrated with many margaritas that evening at the cabin in Groveland (30min outside the gate off hwy120)
Started climbing mid afternoon, equipped with bivy gear, a pasta dinner, and a bottle of Pinot Noir. Last few pitches and the 3rd/4th class to the top were done in the dark (made things interesting). Fun times, fun times...
Climbed several times over the years:
22 Sept 1993 w/ Richard Brown of St. Albans, London -- who I met via the Camp 4 bulletin board. Delightful day! Rebolted 6/1992.
15 Sept 1994 w/ Steve Reynolds. Met Jochem & Beate Becker from Germany that day while waiting in line: the start of a great friendship that endures to this day. Saw 1 snake on the hike in: eeekkk! Avoided the worst of the steep slabs & brush by keeping to the far right when clambering up Half Dome's base to the start. Lots of boulder hopping.
July ?, 2000
A fun way to get to the top of the Dome
Well, the descent down the icy cables route was scary, anyway. Our little 30m 8.5mm wasn't in the mood to try and rap that action, and oncoming darkness forced a sense of urgency.
The Snake Dike route itself was super fun and over too quickly.
Read all about it in our "Half Dome in March" trip report....
A 1 day round trip from the Valley with my friend Wendy. Long day but sure was a blast.
I did this climb with my friend Mickey and his 13 year old son. We started at 7:00a.m in the Valley and got to the base of the climb around 11:00. We had to wait for a couple of hours on other partys before we got started. We ended up toping out in the dark with head lamps on and made it back to camp finally around 3:00a.m the next morning. Excelent climb with great views all the way up. The climbing is easy but run out.
First time swapping leads with Miguel. First time swapping leads on a multipitch. First time climbing in the Valley.
Walked in late Saturday night and bivied overnight on the shoulder of Liberty Cap above Nevada Falls. Started the first pitch around 8.30am - we had the route to ourselves and it was perfect weather all weekend. Took us about 4.5 hours with a 50m rope - we conservatively set up more belays than we probably needed to. You can protect the runout pitches by slinging knobs and flakes.
After a long hike up, and climbing 3 pitches up the weather broke. Lightening, thunder and hail forced us to retreat. I'll have to try it again someday.